Paul O’Reilly, a postgraduate student with Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, is working on a joint project with Inland Fisheries Ireland to try to estimate the value of Irish angling events to the rural towns and communities who host them.

The title of the project is ‘The Socio-Economic Impacts of Angling Festivals and Competitions on Local Communities in Ireland’. Paul has designed a survey which will gather data relating to the distances people are willing to travel to fish in festivals/competitions and how often they are willing to do so – this will be combined with other expenses incurred by participants in such events to estimate the total cost of participating in them and through this we will estimate the true value of such events to the anglers involved and to the host communities.

The survey also has questions on other current aspects of angling such as poaching, commercial over-fishing, pollution etc. to gauge angler’s opinions on these issues.

Angling Competition/Festival Survey

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and any information provided by anglers who fish competitively in Ireland will be invaluable. Please feel free to share this link with other interested anglers…