Socio-economic data - Spain
Numbers of anglers in Spain (2016)
Marine Recreational Fishers: 922,000
Inland Recreational Fishers: 615,000
Total Recreational Fishers: 1.58 Mill.
Recreational fisheries in Catalonia, Spain (2019)
In 2019, it is estimated that there are 50,000 anglers in Catalonia, divided as follows: 60% are engaged in coastal fishing, 34% in boat fishing and 6% in spearfishing.
The total of recreational catches is estimated at 5% of total catches. Nevertheless, the recreational fisheries sector generates almost as much economic value as the commercial sector does: 90 million euros per year, which equals 86.8% of the commercial sector’s value.
With regard to the economic impact of the activity on the blue economy of Catalonia as a whole, the results indicate a total indirect impact of around 90 million euros per year linked to recreational sea fishing; of which a third corresponds to the direct impact on shops and distributors of materials to carry out the activity.