We had some discussion about the Recreational Angling survey recently:viewtopic.php?f=12&t=50956
The surveying has begun although much of the work has been curtailed by the pandemic.
IFI has launched an online survey aimed at Shore, Boat and Charter anglers alike.
It is part of their effort to quantify the amount of catch, retain and release we sea anglers do.
The survey does not take long to complete and any contributor will get a Irish Angling Buff for their trouble (Submit email address).
Sea Angling Ireland is represented on the steering group that advises IFI on some aspects of their survey work. There are some question on the survey that have come from our discussions on here.
I think the survey is worth taking and I think it will highlight the amount of releasing that goes on rather than a huge bulk of retention.
The Survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMRECSurvey
As an example:
When the EU were faced with a spiralling bass stock they used “worst case scenario” figures for angling mortality of bass. They did this as part of the precautionary principle that many fish were being retained/killed or released and dying.
As they got better information on catch and release practices and the lower than accepted figure for Post-Release-Mortality (Irish study of bass contributed here), they adjusted the figures accordingly and were able to change from catch and release only to anglers being allowed to retain one bass in 24hrs (Now changed to 2 bass in 24hrs).
Angling information helped the situation.