Catchwise, the ground-breaking new survey of recreational sea angling taking place across England and Wales in 2023 and 2024, is actively recruiting volunteers to help carry out its research and ATA is helping to spread the word.

Substance, the Angling Trust and Cefas have partnered to deliver this exciting, new project which aims to significantly improve recognition of sea angling’s value to coastal communities and inform relevant fisheries management decisions accurately. 

The Catchwise project has been co-developed with the recreational sea angling community and now that community can also get involved hands on with the research and scientific processes of the survey with around 150 volunteers needed to carry out the work.

The aptly named help Volunteer Angling Citizen Scientists will help conduct shore surveys of recreational sea anglers around the English and Welsh coast for a 12 month period between July 2023 and the end of June 2024.

Volunteers will need to be able to access the coast easily and conduct face-to-face surveys over one or two four-hour surveys per month. Ideally, Substance is looking for a commitment throughout the whole two-month period, but a minimum of four months between now and June 2024 is required. 

Registrants will become a recognised Volunteer Angling Citizen Scientist and given training, guidance and support by Substance. Registrants will be part of a community of angling researchers who will be eligible for monthly prize draws and goody bags as well as a welcome pack and certificate detailing your contribution.

Substance would still like to hear from any interested parties even if they cannot commit to the complete project right now.

To find out more about becoming the survey visit:

To sign up, visit:

Contact the Catchwise team via:

In addition, there are also some Catchwise paid surveyor jobs available.

These can be found HERE

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