The area covered by the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority encompasses a wide variety of recreational sea angling opportunities including piers and harbours, creeks and deep-water, estuaries and open sea, sandy shallow beaches and deeply shelving gravel beaches. Within these areas there is a huge variety of fin fish species of interest to recreational sea anglers. Most common species include bass, thornback ray, smooth hound, grey mullet, and cod. The recreational sea fisheries within the district are a valuable asset to the economy of the region, encouraging spending on tourism and leisure as well as supporting a fleet of over 67 charter vessels. It provides a useful recreational activity for many people, bringing them into intimate contact with the marine environment.