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True benefit of sea bass fishing to Dutch economy revealed


Sea bass fishing has been confirmed as a significant contributor to the Dutch economy.

The results of a comprehensive survey reveal that marine fishermen spent €169m in pursuit of one of Europe’s most popular marine species. The survey was commissioned by the Dutch European Anglers Alliance member, Sportvisserij Nederland, to assess the importance of the activity to the nation’s economy. The study was carried out in two stages during 2020 and 2021.

The results show that participation in marine angling across the country for those aged from six and above has remained fairly stable since 2009. In 2020 43% of anglers – equivalent to 202,000 people, caught seabass with 50,500 targeting the species frequently or often.

The average expenses for a fishing trip amounted to €175.31 per trip with approximately €89 of that spent on sea bass fishing.

Story and pictures courtesy of European Anglers Alliance and Sportvisserij Nederland

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