Recreational fishing in EU legislation
Recreational fishing and angling are mentioned in EU legislation. Some examples:
● Commission Regulation (EC) No 1639/2001 of 25 July 2001
Chapter III - Parameters - "data collection must make it possible to assess: .. catches from recreational and game fisheries in marine waters for stocks mentioned in Appendix XI,"
Complementary parameters - "catches from game and recreational fisheries for stocks other than those mentioned in Appendix XI, for salmon, the catches taken in estuaries, lakes and rivers in the geographical area of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea."
● The Data Collection Framework
(DCF) Art 2(a): ‘fisheries sector’ means activities related to commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries, aquaculture and industries processing fisheries products;
Art 2(c): ‘recreational fisheries’ means non-commercial fishing activities exploiting living aquatic resources for recreation or sport;
Art 3(1;b): [Community programme] recreational fisheries carried out within Community waters including recreational fisheries for eels and salmon in inland waters;
Article 2(8) "leisure fisheries" means fishing activities exploiting living aquatic resources for recreation or sport;
Chapter VI - Non-commercial fishing - Article 17 - Leisure fisheries
Rod and line (angling) is permitted but (Art 17(1)):
"The use of towed nets, surrounding nets, purse seines, boat dredges, mechanised dredges, gillnets, trammel nets and combined bottom-set nets shall be prohibited for leisure fisheries.
The use of longlines for highly migratory species shall also be prohibited for leisure fisheries."