Research programme on socio-economics of Inland Fisheries

This research programme aims to provide evidence to support policy decisions surrounding the management of inland fishery resources and angling within Ireland. The research is a continuation of a 3-year programme from 2015 to 2018, which produced several associated publications.  The current research programme will run for the years 2019-2021 with potential research covering a broad range of topics:

  • Salmon anglers’ conservation preferences
  • Characteristics and economic contribution of recreational angling in Ireland
  • Angling tourism: characteristics, drivers and expenditures
  • Understanding constraints and facilitators to angling participation
  • Angling initiatives: a substitute for anti-social behaviours?
  • Quantifying physical and psychological health benefits associated with angling
  • Social benefits of angling and accessibility

The research programme is funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/

ESRI Angler Research Panel

To inform our research we collect data about anglers’ views and opinions directly via survey questionnaires.  We have established a voluntary angler panel allowing anglers to participate in the research programme, including a monthly survey on recreational angling activity. Learn more about and sign-up to the ESRI Angler Research Panel here.