Importance of Angling Tourism – some examples

“[…] Angling is an important sector for Irish tourism, with the potential to provide for economic growth especially in rural and coastal areas and to provide overseas and indigenous anglers with a deep and enriching experience. Expenditure by overseas anglers in Ireland is estimated at €66m, with an average spend per angler well above that of general visitors.” (2009)
In 2014, the total angling tourism expenditure in Ireland amounted 315 million EUR and sustained 3235 jobs.

Flanders (Belgium)
51% of the Flemish anglers say they travel once a year for a fishing trip.  

Average spend on angling per person: 4,000 DKR (536 €)
Angling tourists: 3,1 mill overnight stays in 2008
Jobs: ca. 2,500 of which 535 are tourism related
"In economic terms the Danish recreational angling sector is of almost the same size as the Danish golf sector"
“The recreational Anglers’ contribution to Danish economy” (March 2010)

The Spanish Minister in charge of Fisheries says in its report on the Mediterranean Fisheries: “"Spending generated by recreational fishing in the Spanish Mediterranean significantly exceeds the added value generated by commercial fishing. Sport fishing represents between 550 and 650 million € per year compared to the 380 million € generated by commercial fishing. This is evident, especially in the Autonomy of the Balearic Islands and in the provinces of Barcelona and Malaga, where more and less seasonal tourism concentration is given ".

Examples of angling tourism projects

The example of the “Fishing Zealand” project in Denmark clearly shows how sustainable sport fishing tourism can make a positive contribution to growth in local businesses but also to the environment.
The Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association and various municipalities and islands in the Zealand region worked together with local businesses, tourism organisations and volunteer sport fishermen to develop a new touristic product by improving the possibilities for fishing in the region as a whole.
A report published in 2010 by the Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fishing on the socio-economic significance of sport fishing in Denmark emphasized how valuable sport fishermen are to the economy. When the consumption of Danish sport fishermen is combined with that of foreign sport fishermen, the result is 2.9 billion Danish Crowns (almost 390 million EUR).
The “Fishing Zealand” project is currently organised with a political supervisory group and a project group. Both groups comprise members who represent the various partners. The goal is to include all municipalities of the region.
For more information about this projects, visit “Fishing Zealand”’s website:

Examples of angling tourism funded by FARNET
EMF money has been used to develop some angling-related touristic projects for the diversification of the communities that rely on fisheries or aquaculture.

Some examples of projects funded by FARNET:

"Put’n’Take": a recreational fishery  
This “put and take” fishery offers an easy way for families and friends to experience Danish sea fishing in a safe and accessible environment where, in addition, the catch is guaranteed. This innovative activity has improved the area’s tourist offers while creating a new market for local fish via a unique collaboration between a local aquarium, a fishmonger and local fishermen.

Carp tourism: guided tours by carp experts
The Aischgrund Carp Region in Germany used Axis 4 to bring together around 1 000 carp producers in a concerted effort to develop and promote carp tourism in the area. An info point was set up, packages of activities organised and 50 “carp guides” trained

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