Recreational sea angling has the potential to have significant impact on fish stocks and marine ecosystems. Assessment of recreational angling by the European Parliament and the UK white paper on fisheries highlights the need for sea angling to be better incorporated into fisheries management, yet data is often limited to records of catch and expenditure, neglecting the social motivations that influence angler behaviour.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to explore sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours, with a focus on developing a novel framework through which behavioural responses to future changes in management and catch can be anticipated and understood. The research is likely to involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

This research will have strong policy relevance that can be used to support effective management of recreational fisheries in the UK and Europe. The PhD is in partnership with Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) who provide impartial marine science and advice to support UK and overseas governments on sea angling. The student will contribute to the ICES WGRFS (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys) to ensure that outcomes from the PhD are utilised. It is expected that the student will attend and present work at international conferences and publish in scientific journals.

Applicants are welcomed with a background in a range of social sciences, including: rural studies, environmental management, social psychology, and human geography. 

More information on the project and an application form can be found here. To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Julie Urquhart.

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Supervisors: Dr. Julie Urquhart & Dr. Hannah Chiswell

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