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. 

Reference

ICATMAR, Direcció General de Pesca i Afers Marítims, Generalitat de Catalunya, Diagnosi de la pesca maritima recreativa a Catalunya (2019), 2020

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