Our intention is to make this site as useful as possible for freshwater anglers in the UK who want to record and analyse their own angling records. In return, we will use this data to provide a better understanding of fisheries and of the anglers that use them.
Scotland and England are split up into geographical regions, most of which are covered by Fisheries Trusts or District Salmon Fishery Boards. At the moment, only member organisations of the Scottish Fisheries Coordination Centre (SFCC) will have access to the data, but it is envisaged that Trusts from England (The Rivers Trust) will eventually have access as well. An organisation in The SFCC or The Rivers Trust will only have the right to use angling records from their region. We have made provision for anglers to record catches anywhere in the world as an added benefit, but this information will not be used by us or provided to anyone else except with the permission of the angler.
The contact details that are required for registration may be used to contact the user if there are queries about their data; if there are changes to the terms or conditions or on an occasional basis to provide feedback. We will use email as the primary means of making contact. Personal details will not be passed onto third parties or used in the presentation of angling records without the permission of the angler.
We fully understand that some anglers may wish to keep their special places; description of their days fishing or their successful angling methods unknown to other anglers. The presentation and dissemination of results by a Trust organisation will always respect these requirements. There is provision in the diary entry section to keep records private, which means that other anglers will not be able to see these records on the Angling Diary website.
Typically, analysis of catch data is carried out for groups of anglers for a specific area, such as a section of river or a loch. The key unit we use is the Catch Per Unit Effort figure, which is the number of fish caught per unit of time (typically an hour). As well as location and time spent fishing, it is vital that you record blank days fishing as well. This will also help you to analyse your success (and failures) in years to come.
Data from individual anglers who use the angling diary over a long time period will give invaluable insight into changes in angling practices (e.g. method) as well as long term trends in the abundance of different sizes of fish and species caught by the same person.
Both the site and its administration comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.