Special Exhibition - Fishing as Part of Society


This year’s theme of the special exhibition is “Fishing as Part of Society” and shows that fishing in Germany is contemporary, sustainable, and socially significant. Fishing is a low impact use of nature and one of the last authentic experiences in nature.


The Special Exhibition for the 15th EWF in 2020 presents the fishing as part of society and can be seen in the Foyer of the Tenne.

The Special Exhibition is organised by the German Angling Association e.V.

Fishing Across Generations
Even with impairment, one can fish until a very advanced age. With a wheelchair, mental difficulties, illness, or simply age: Old or impaired people value the company and the experience in nature. Fishing is for many a not-to-be underestimated part of the quality of life. In many fishing clubs, the age difference between the youngest and oldest members is often 80 years or more. On the water, grandparents and grandchildren can find common ground far from the technical world that often ignores the elderly and their life experiences. Fishing provides something not often achieved today: It forms a connection between generations and can be practiced from early childhood until very late in life.


Tradition and a Social Home
Thousands of angling clubs in Germany offer a social home for about 850,000 members from all walks of life. Fishing is a passion for many throughout all age and social groups. Particularly in rural areas, traditional fishing clubs offer many people social connections and integration. Additionally, they carry out invaluable service for society with their voluntary activities.

Fishing Benefits Youth
“Nature is uninteresting and hunting and fishing are not relevant today” according to the thinking of some of the “Smartphone Generation.” Far from it! For most youth between 12 and 15 years of age, active experience with nature is a valuable part of life. Research has shown that positive experience with nature, particularly early in life, is an important stimulus for nature and landscape conservation later.
As Michaela Stroh, one of the EWF organizers, has observed, “In these times when cows are purple and fish have corners, young people can, through fishing, attain realistic concepts of the production of food and of the environment.”

Fishing and Economics
Angling in Germany is of economic significance. The monetary value of angling in Germany is about € 5,200 million per year and provides, thereby, about 50,000 jobs.