FDD, sustainable angling in Europe

The socio-economic and environmental role of angling and sports fishing is now fully acknowledged. They generate revenues of 25 billion Euros in Europe, and gather more than 25 million anglers and sports fishermen for whom the protection of aquatic habitats, including the sea, is linked to the quality and the quantity of the catch.

Angling and sports fishing: drivers of development
Tourism associated with angling and sports fishing generates a need for services - accommodation, shops, local craftsmanship - all of which generate revenues and jobs. For these reasons one salmon caught with a rod generates twenty times more wealth than a salmon caught with a net.

Anglers and sports fishermen: environment managers
Both the quality and the quantity of the catch is intimately associated with the status of the aquatic environment. Anglers and sports fishermen are directly affected by the quality of aquatic habitats and biodiversity, and they see it as in their best interests to safeguard that quality. Thus, their federations are much involved in nature management initiatives.

Angling and sports fishing associations in civil society
European citizens wish to enjoy open spaces, clean water and abundant biodiversity. Angling and sports fishing associations are the intermediaries between civil society, economic actors and the administration. They have a central role for mediation.

Our passion contributes to the protection of our common heritage.

  The contribution of anglers and sports fishermen to the protection of aquatic habitats in Europe
  The 2nd European Fishing and Angling Fair in Cancale : 30 - 31 March / 1 April 2007

Discovering Angling

  The report of the survey on anglers and Natura 2000
  Document translated in 5 languages with information of the programme of protection of aquatic habitats in Europe