Socio-economic data - Germany
According to available data, in 2017, there are 1.73 million anglers, registered with a state fishing license. Furthermore, a 2002 study estimates that around 3.3 million people (>14 years old) have fished at least once in Germany or abroad. In terms of sea fishing, research from the European Parliament estimates that there are around 174,000 recreational sea fishers in 2013.
It is estimated that recreational fishers have an annual direct and indirect contribution to the economy of over €6.4 billion. They also support around 52,000 jobs in the country.
There are no reliable figures on fishing tourism in Germany. Foreign tourists are rarely found except in the coastal regions. The reason for this is the required fishing license, which requires the attendance of a preparatory course and passing an examination. Some federal states, like Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or Schleswig-Holstein, sell a tourist fishing license which does not demand these requirements.