Economic Impact of Angling in Scotland and Iceland

Sveinn Agnarsson, Alan Radford, Geoff Riddington

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This chapter discusses two recent studies of angler expenditure and their impact on output and employment, one Scottish and the other Icelandic. According to the former, anglers spend a total of €167 million on angling in Scotland, with salmon and sea trout fishing accounting for €108 million of this total. It is further speculated that angling in Scotland generates about €147 million in output and is responsible for €71 million of the income per annum, and that between 2450 and 2800 jobs depend - directly or indirectly - on angling. The Icelandic study estimates angler expenditure at €21.1-24.6 million, and the total output effect at €84.9-99.6 million. These are though overestimates, as they do not allow for any possible substitution effects. There exist close links between angling and tourism in general, and these ties can be explored to further increase the revenue generated by anglers, both at the regional and domestic level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Challenges in Recreational Fisheries
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781405156578
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2008

Other keywords

  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Economic impact
  • Economic value
  • Evaluation process
  • Selfemployment income


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