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Angling


Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers
Hon. Secretary
Penceilogwydd Farm
Penclacwydd
Llanelli
SA14 9SH
Tel:
Email:
Website:

Date established: 1977

Disciplines: Coarse angling.

Committee Structure:
Executive Committee.

Regional Structure: There are 4 regions: North, South, Mid and South West.

Relationship to National Bodies: N/A

International Relations:

Publications: Newsletter twice a year.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Clubs

N/A

N/A

N/A

52

59

68

69

59

Adult Members


2,895 (1991/92)

N/A

N/A

N/A

13,555

17,991

18,135

13,467

Junior Members

N/A

N/A

N/A

7,221

2,815

4,900

3,093


Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association
Hon Secretary
97 Maesceinion
Waunfawr
Aberystwyth
SY23 3QQ
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.wstaa.org/

Date established: 1953

Disciplines: Salmon and trout angling.

Committee Structure:

Regional Structure:
There are five regions: Mid Wales, South West, South East, Clwyd and Gower.

Relationship to National Bodies:

International Relations:

Publications:
Year Book, Coaching Handbook.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Clubs

N/A

N/A

21

20

85

75

70

Adult Members

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

24,200

24,200

25250

Junior Members

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,350

1,000

1,070

Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers
Hon. Secretary
23 Park Road
Bargoed
Caerphilly
CF8 8SQ
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.wfsa.org.uk

Date established: 1955

Disciplines: All levels of sea angling, both boat and shore, in Wales.

Committee Structure: The WFSA is administered by an Executive Committee which meets four times a year.

Regional Structure: There are three regions each with their own Administrative Committee: North, South West and East.

Relationship to National Bodies: Member of the Sea Angling Liaison Committee of Great Britain and Ireland.

International Relations: Affiliated to CIPS-FIPS, the International Federation for Sea Angling.

Publications: Monthly Newsletter, Annual Handbook.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Clubs

N/A

N/A

N/A

58

60

60

53

49

Adult Members

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Junior Members

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A


Federation of Welsh Anglers
Riverside
The Pandy
Hirwaun
Aberdare CF44 9SY
Tel:
Email:

Additional Information

Angling Participation

Information from surveys suggests that angling participation has fallen over the past decade, due mainly to a decline in male participation. However, angling is still one of the more popular sports, particularly amongst males.

Angling - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

5.7

5.7

4.6

3.8

3.9

3.2

Female

0.3

0.3

0.5

0.3

0.3

0.2

Total

2.9

2.9

2.5

2.0

2.1

1.7


Angling participation is highest in Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Ceredigion and Wrexham. It is lowest in Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend. When participants were asked how many times they had been angling in the previous four weeks the average was 4 times.

Profile of Anglers

Anglers are much more likely to be male than female. Anglers are spread fairly evenly across the age range; even though participation declines after 45 there are still significant numbers participating past 65. This is quite different from the age profile of most other sports. Again, unlike most sports, anglers come fairly equally from all social groups, although with slightly more from the C2 group (skilled manual workers).

Provision for Angling

Coarse angling takes place on rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs, whilst salmon and trout angling takes place both on rivers and still waters. Anecdotal evidence suggests that about half of sea anglers fish from boats whilst the other half fish from shore. The Sports Council for Wales Natural Facilities Database contains 112 coarse angling sites, 356 salmon and trout angling sites, 24 sea angling sites and 39 shore angling sites.