IFI have just launched an exciting opportunity for recreational sea anglers in the Republic of Ireland to become citizen scientists and help collect information on fishing effort and catches around the coastline. By doing so they will be playing a vital role in the long-term conservation and sustainability of the resource for future generations.

The Irish Marine Recreational Angling (IMREC) project aims to answer three main questions:

·         How many people fish?

·         How often do they fish?

·         What do they catch?

By collecting this information it will inform knowledge around trends in stock levels and the sustainability of key species. The data collected will inform fisheries management decisions regarding the sustainability of marine fish stocks. By having strong evidence and verifiable data around fish stocks, accurate decisions can be made rather than having to take a worst-case view which can happen when there is limited or no information. For more info about IMREC please click here.

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* 1. If you would like to sign up as an IMREC diarist, please enter your email address here

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