Angling & Education
Fishing for Answers, the report from Substance 2012, found: “. . . . angling can play in education, personal development and social inclusion of young people. Compared to other positive activities, angling has a very distinctive offer to make in terms of:
providing personal and social development opportunities; raising attainment in education and employment; and diverting young people from crime and antisocial behaviour.”
Angling encourages people to access the natural environment and learn how to care for it. Angling-School teaches candidates to care for the environment and uses the natural outdoor venues to provide practical experiences to support scientific and environmental studies. “Every child should have the opportunity to experience and learn about nature. This initiative will help to remove the barriers to schools teaching outdoors, and let more children learn how and why they should care about their local parks and other green spaces,” Richard Benyon, Environment Minister.
We record catches of elasmobranchs, mainly dogfish, huss and rays, for the Shark Trust and organised eggcase hunts and encouraging anglers and others to take part scientific research. Keeping a diary of fishing trips enables anglers to build up a record of their successful days and enables them to analyse their data.
Too many anglers loose their lives each year, and we emphasise that no fish is worth somebody’s life. We teach anglers to understand tide tables and to interpret weather forecasts to help them devise risk assessments for their angling trips.