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The UK angling industry is the largest in the world, with a range of job opportunities in carp, coarse, sea, game and predator fishing. Angling is one of the nation’s biggest participation sports and it generates an annual expenditure of £3.3 billion. The rise in numbers of commercially-stocked fisheries in the UK is staggering and has seen a huge re-birth in carp, coarse and game fishing.

As a result of this many youngsters with an interest in angling can now look at fishery management as a superb opportunity to forge a career in the sport. There are also various fish farms in the UK which are devoted to supplying fish stock for rivers, canals and lakes.

Other career options are available within angling bodies, such as the Angling Trust and the EA (Environment Agency), whilst fishing tackle manufacturers, such as Daiwa and Shimano, are often looking for consultants to help them develop new and existing products. Another line of potential employment is within the media and marketing side of the industry.

There are many magazines and publications that are devoted to angling and these are always on the look out for editorial, administrative, sales and marketing staff with knowledge of fishing. In addition, television programmes such as John Wilson’s ‘Go Fishing’ and radio shows such as Keith Arthur’s ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, have met with great approval by the fishing audience as has the yearly ‘Fish ‘O’ Mania’ event, broadcast live by Sky Sports.

By studying fishing at Myerscough College you are giving yourself an excellent opportunity to secure a job in this exciting industry, with our courses covering a variety of topics including practical fishing activities, fishery management and fish farming.

Resources

  • The River Brock, an important river for sea and brown trout
  • Fish rearing tanks
  • Several high-quality commercial fisheries in the area, heavily stocked with a variety of coarse fish
  • Good links with fishing tackle shops in the local area
  • Nearby stretches of the beautiful River Ribble which holds a mass of hardfighting barbel, chub, dace and roach
  • A quality, stocked and maintained fishing pond on site
  • Access to the Lancaster Canal, which contains good heads of roach, perch, bream, eels and pike