The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The absence of a common definition of recreational fisheries at the European level makes it more difficult to control and regulate recreational fishing activities, therefore the activity is poorly understood and regulated.
Failing to include recreational catch estimates in stock assessments can undermine their accuracy and lead to incorrect advice on fisheries management. Not to mention that most RFs’ catches (up to 30-50%) are made up of vulnerable species.
Recreational fishing, in all its forms, is considered to be an extractive activity and, therefore, may not be compatible with ecosystem and wilderness qualities protection. It is strongly recommended that national licence systems should be developed so that the numbers of recreational fishers (among other parameters) can be better evaluated and the activity can be more strongly regulated.