Page 1: Ethical Statement

The title of this research project is: UK Recreational Shark Anglers; Practice and Perceptions


What is the purpose of the questionnaire/research?

Recreational shark anglers are important stakeholders in the UK fishery. The purpose of this questionnaire is to understand more about the UK's recreational shark angling community, the species that they catch, their perceptions of UK shark populations, and how they are managed. We aim to build relationships between recreational shark anglers and the scientific community, for the benefit of all - sharks, anglers and science. Shark handling questions will be used to help us develop practical, best-practice shark handling workshops that will be open to anglers in 2021 (COVID permitting).



 For the purposes of this survey, the term shark refers to both small and large species and includes:

Spiny dogfish/spurdog
Lesser dogfish/small-spotted catshark



Why have you been chosen to take part?

You have been chosen to take part as you have either self-selected from seeing the questionnaire online or receieved it because you have been identified as a recreational shark angler.


Do I have to take part?

The questionnaire is anonymous. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. You can withdraw from participation at any time and without giving a reason, simply by closing the browser page. Please note that once you have completed and submitted your survey responses, we are unable to remove your anonymised responses from the study. 


How long will the questionnaire take to complete?

The questionnaire will take roughly 15 minutes to complete.


What are the advantages and possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?

Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that this work will improve our knowledge of how to best work with recreational anglers to improve the health of UK shark populations.


Use of your information

Participation in this study is on the basis of consent: you do not have to complete the survey, and you can change your mind at any point before submitting the survey responses.   Once we receive your survey response, your personal information is processed in compliance with the data protection legislation.  We will use your data on the basis that it is necessary for the conduct of research, which is an activity in the public interest. 


Bournemouth University (BU) is a Data Controller of your information which means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it appropriately.  BU’s Research Participant Privacy Notice sets out more information about how we fulfil our responsibilities as a data controller and about your rights as an individual under the data protection legislation.  We ask you to read this Notice so that you can fully understand the basis on which we will process your information.


Once you have submitted your survey response it may not be possible for us to remove it from the study analysis, as this might affect our ability to complete the research appropriately or the accuracy and reliability of the research findings.


Sharing and further use of your personal information

As well as BU staff and student(s) working on the research project, we may also need to share information with a colleague (Dr. Bryce Stewart) from the University of York.  

The information collected about you may be used in an anonymous form to support other research projects in the future and access to it in this form will not be restricted.  It will not be possible for you to be identified from this data.  Anonymised data will be added to BU’s Data Repository (a central location where data is stored) and which will be publicly available.


Retention of your data

All data collected for the purposes of this study will be held for 5 years from the date of publication of the research or presentation of the results to the sponsor, whichever is later.  


Contact for further information

If you have any questions or would like furthe rinformation, please contact Dr Georgia Jones


In case of complaints

Any concerns about this study should be directed to Dr. Georgia Jones If your concerns have not been answered by Dr. Jones, you should contact the Deputy Dean of Research and Professional Practice for the Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Prof. Tiantian Zhang by email


Consent to partcipate

By clicking to the next page, you are confirming that you are 18 years old or over, have read and understood the information provided and agree to take part in the study.