Volunteers Wanted for new Catchwise Survey

Get involed and volunteer with Catchwise to help conduct shore surveys of recreational sea anglers

Catchwise is a ground-truthing new survey of recreational sea angling taking place across England and Wales in 2023 and 2024. Substance, the Angling Trust and Cefas have partnered to deliver this exciting, new project. The project has been co-developed with the recreational sea angling community and aims to significantly improve recognition of sea angling’s value to coastal communities and inform relevant fisheries management decisions accurately. 

Get involed and volunteer with Catchwise to help conduct shore surveys of recreational sea anglers around the English and Welsh coast throughout the yearCatchwise will start on site in July 2023 and run for 12 months to the end of June 2024.

To find out more about becoming a Volunteer Angling Citizen Scientist click here: https://www.catchwise.org/

To sign up, click here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/catchwisevols/

What do you need to volunteer? 

  • Be able to access the coast easily.
  • Be able to conduct face-to-face surveys. 

How much time will it take? 

  • One or two 4-hour surveying sessions per month.  
  • In a year: Ideally the whole year! But a minimum of four months between now and June 2024.  
  • If you cannot commit to this right now, we still want to know if you’re interested. 

What will you get? 

  • Become a recognised Volunteer Angling Citizen Scientist 
  • Training, guidance and support 
  • Be part of a community of angling researchers 
  • Monthly prize draws and goody bags 
  • Welcome pack and certificate detailing your contribution

Catchwise Recreational Fisheries Field Surveyors

The Angling Trust is seeking a team of highly motivated, organised and experienced individuals who have experience in face-to-face surveying to deliver a nationwide research project – Catchwise. There are 10 freelance/self-employed contracts available across England and Wales: Cornwall, Devon & Severn, East of England, Kent & Essex, North East of England, North West of England, Northumberland, South of England, Sussex and Wales. Expressions of interest are welcome across all regions.

Prior experience in scientific or social science surveying would be desirable.  Good communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as with other members of the research team are essential. Responsibilities include conducting face-to-face, site-based surveys which will be randomly allocated to you throughout a designated region. Survey data will be entered via online survey app which Substance will manage. Other responsibilities will include liaising with the local angling community, project coordinator and volunteer teams, attending training sessions, and reporting your activities to a central system.

Full details on the Trust website