Socio-economic data - Belgium 

Socio-economic data - Hungary

'Inland fisheries, angling and aquaculture in Hungary', PowerPoint presentation by Zoltán Karácsonyi, Centre for Environmental Management and Policy, University of Debrecen, presented at the International Workshop on the Sustainable Management of Freshwater Fisheries and Nature Conservation in Central and Eastern European Countries, IUCN Office for Central Europe, December 2003. 
'A socio-ecological survey on fishing in Hungary', prepared for the National Federation of Hungarian Anglers by György Füresz, Budapest, 1999. Main results presented in: "Data from Actual Surveys - Social and Economic Value of Recreational Fishing" (2002)

Socio-economic data - Ireland

Direct spending on angling in Ireland amounted to €555 million in 2012, with indirect spending worth an additional €200 million and totaling €755 million. Recreational angling was also found to directly support 10,000 existing Irish jobs, many of which are located in the most peripheral and rural parts of the Irish countryside and along our coastline. 

The Study found that 406,000 people were involved in recreational angling in Ireland last year, with over 150,000 of these travelling from Northern Ireland and overseas. Over a quarter of a million Irish adults (252,000) held a fishing rod last year with sea angling along with salmon and brown trout angling seen as the most popular categories where domestic anglers are concerned. 

The quality of the Irish angling product, the friendliness and hospitality of the Irish people and outstanding scenery were cited amongst the principal attractions of Ireland as an international destination for recreational angling. Tourism angling spend is estimated at approximately €280 million on an annual basis.

Socio-economic data - Lithuania

Estimates of recreational fishermen vary from ca. 200,000 to 1.5 million. 

Recreational Fisheries in Lithuania, 2005
- Approx. 1.5 mill went angling in 2002 (55% of population).
- Angling is 'well liked' by 8 out of 10 males, and 3 to 4 out of 10 females.
- Spending per angler: 140 Litas (40.5 €) // Total: 210 mill Litas (61 mill €)

Other figures later than 2005: 

The number of fishing licenses issued in 2008 was 100,000. Pensioners, teenagers up to 16 years old don’t need a license. 

An estimate by "The Lithuania Tribune", 15 April 2009 is 200,000 recreational fishermen - defined as people who fish at least once a month (so the total number would be bigger than 200,000 if the estimate would be given for people fishing at least once a year). 

Another estimate by the Lithuanian Fund for Nature, Nov 2011 based on surveys and sales of fishing gear is 170,000 recreational fishers.

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