Attention charter boat skippers! Here is an amazing opportunity to provide valuable data to
evidence the social and economic value of your business to coastal communities across the
country, and to highlight recreationally important fisheries.
We are conducting a social and economic study across England and Wales to understand the
impact charter boats make to their local area. Sharing your logs on the species you catch
will help us monitor changes in seasonal fluctuations, determine catch rates and analyse
the varieties of fish we have in our waters. Your help and continued support are vital to
achieving this and evidencing the role charter boats play in coastal communities and
fisheries across the region.
How can you help? If you’re a charter boat in England or Wales, you can take part by completing
15-20 weekly logs about your trips over the 12-months. Logs will ask for details such as weather
conditions, species you catch and the number of people who were on your boat. The project will
run from October 2023 to September 2024 and participating weeks are randomly selected within
the 12 months.
We urge you to make the most out of every charter trip by signing up for Catchwise and actively supporting our research.
If you are a Charter Boat skipper in England and Wales, express your interest here:
To find out more about the project, click on the Angling Trust webinar for charter boats here:
For more information, you can speak to the team by emailing:
Want to give back to your community, learn about your coastline and meet interesting people? Then join the Catchwise Volunteer Citizen Scientist team today!
Catchwise is made possible by our team of dedicated Volunteer Angling Citizen Scientists from across England and Wales.
By signing up to be a volunteer citizen scientist you can get involved with this ground-breaking project and make a positive difference to sea angling along our coastline.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old, and they will receive training on conducting surveys while guidance and support will be provided throughout the duration of the project.
The average commitment for volunteers is 4 hours per month, which equates to one survey per month.
As a Citizen Scientist you would have the flexibility to engage at your own convenience whenever
you have free time. Volunteers receive a list of sites in their chosen area and choose when to conduct the surveys.
Volunteers will enjoy various perks, including monthly prize draws, goodies, access to social media groups with fellow volunteers,
a welcome pack, and a certificate recognizing their contribution to the project.
This certificate could be a valuable addition to the CVs of students studying marine-related fields or early career professionals.
If you're interested in volunteering and have access to the coast in England and Wales,
please express your interest by visiting
Here's what we're looking for in volunteers:
- Availability for at least 4 hours per month (there's no upper limit), between October 2023 - July 2024
- Confidence in engaging with the public
- Interest in the environment and fisheries sector
- Volunteers need to have access to a smartphone or tablet
For additional information or any questions about the role, please contact the Catchwise Project Manager at:
Work for Catchwise - Surveyor Jobs Available!
Fancy working on Catchwise? The Angling Trust are recruiting 10 surveyors to lead the
delivery of the site surveys. These paid posts will be on a freelance/contractor basis and
will last for 12 months.
Contribute to the survey
All surveys of shore and private boat anglers will be conducted face-to-face to get the very
best data. Sites will be selected at random, and you may well be approached if you are out
fishing. If so, please give your time as your information is really important to creating a
better fishing experience for recreational sea angling in the future. Even if you are not
catching, please speak to a surveyor! All surveyors will be identifiable by their ID badge.