Rod & Lines and Diving
Rod and line fishing (known recreationally as angling) occurs throughout the Southern IFC District. This sport is widespread particularly in the summer months, with charter angling vessels operating out of Poole Harbour and Weymouth. Furthermore, shore anglers visit popular spots such as Chesil Beach, Sandbanks, Bournemouth & Boscombe piers, Southsea pier and Eastney. Rod and line fishing is used to target a wide variety of fish species, with popular catches including seabass, black seabream, squid and flatfish.
The commercial fishing fleet also use rod and line to target a select number of species including seabass, pollack, mackerel and squid.
Diving is carried out to collect a number of fish species both recreationally and commercially, however the activity levels are very low within the Southern IFCA district. Commercial scallop diving vessels operate out of Weymouth, whilst recreational divers collect a wide variety of species including crabs/lobsters, scallops and wet fish whilst diving for recreational purposes.