World Recreational Fishing Conference

The live event is canceled again. In stead there wil be a WRFC Online on

28 & 30 June 2021

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The live event of the 9th World Recreation Fishing Conference  as planned in july 2021 is cancelled, because of COVID-19. In stead of this live congress we will organize a smaller online event of two half days on 28 & 30 June 2021 from 13.00 until 17.30 CEST. You can find the WRFC Online website right here:

Last spring we had to postpone the WRFC 9 to 2021, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
At the end of the year we had to conclude that the organization of a live event in 2021 was very unlikely to succeed. It is foreseen that people will not get a permission of their organization to travel until COVID-19 is beaten and this will not be before this summer. Together with the Scientific Board and our management we decided to cancel the live congress for 2021.

Because we want to keep the recfish community in contact we are organizing a smaller online congress of two half days, with a small number of speakers in three parallel sessions. We are currently working on the program.

Organizing hosts

The conference will be hosted by The Royal Dutch Angling Association, ‘Sportvisserij Nederland’ in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Radboud University Nijmegen and Wageningen University and Research.

Sportvisserij Nederland supports and advises over 800 Dutch angling clubs with membership administration, restocking and maintaining fishing waters, animal welfare issues and fishing lessons at public schools. Sportvisserij Nederland is both member and chair of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), member of the Dutch Olympic committee and sports federation NOC-NSF and works together with several environmental organizations… CONTINUE READING>

Why we host the WRFC 9

Recreational fishing is the second largest sport in the Netherlands, following soccer (1) and just above tennis (3). Above the age of 45 the sport even has the highest participation. With an overall participation of 8% it is one of the largest outdoor activities in the Netherlands.

An important motivation for us to host the WRFC is that in the Netherlands research dedicated to recreational fishing concerning the behaviour of fishermen as well as socioeconomic and social impact is only just developing. All water bodies in our country are assessed in terms of fish stocks, protecting and restocking, habitat restoration etc. We face large challenges to protect and maintain sport fishing possibilities in Europe since urbanization and nature restoration are common and… CONTINUE READING>

WRFC Conference 2021

Recreational fishing in a changing world
Our world is changing rapidly. We humans are changing. Urbanization, overfishing and animal welfare are tough and well known issues. The sport fishing sector will have to deal with these challenges. During this conference science and knowledge on these subjects will be presented and discussed.

Impact and changes
The impact of the above mentioned changes together with climate change, restoration projects as well as the globalization and the impact of dispersion of exotic species is investigated by many scientists. This conference is the place to get updated on, discuss or present your results and talk about challenges and solutions in recreational fisheries…. CONTINUE READING>

About the WRFC

Organizing committee
The organizing committee will be taking care of all logistical aspects of the conference. CONTINUE READING >

Scientific board
The scientific board consists of 20 scientists from all around the globe, with some of them being WRFC experienced while others are new board members. Dutch scientists are part of the board as well. We have put extra effort in finding female fisheries scientists willing to participate. The aim of the scientific board is to compose a conference program about the main theme – recreational fishing in a changing world – and subthemes most relevant for participants. Curious who’s in the board? Find out here: CONTINUE READING >

WRFC 8, Victoria (Canada)
The previous WRFC edition was held in Victoria, Canada in 2017. This conference had some great presentations which can be found on this website as a PDF…. CONTINUE READING >

The unique Online episode of the WRFC will be online on the digital platform of EventInsight. The previous eight editions have been organized all over the world. It all started in Ireland…… CONTINUE READING >

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