There was no shadow of doubt about it. I was alarmed when I first heard that Defra had commissioned a piece of research into ‘successful governance structures and legal instruments’ for recreational fishing. It sounded threatening. What were they planning? Why? And what does ‘governance structures’ even mean? The Angling Trust has now been consulted … Continue reading Defra Looking Into ‘Governance Structures’ For Recreational Sea Angling
At present, not a day goes by here in the South West that commercial fishing is not featured in some way in the local media. Commercial fishing leaders are actively creating stories, frequently related to Brexit, and ensuring local TV, radio and newspapers run with those stories. Similar efforts are being made on a national … Continue reading Commercial fishing continues to ratchet up the illusion of economic importance
Both the Cornwall IFCA and the Devon and Severn IFCA now have by-laws in place that effectively ban fishing with nets in estuaries. Are net free estuaries an indication that public access to public fishery resources, in the form of Recreational Sea Angling, is beginning to achieve more legitimacy? Full details of the legislation around … Continue reading New By-laws Show Angler Engagement Is Essential
As an angling journalist, retailer and tackle designer, I come into contact with many like-minded and passionate anglers who all want to see a brighter future for the species that swim around our coastlines. I am a passionate lure angler who takes every possible step to practice catch and release; in my opinion, there is … Continue reading Welcome on board – Steven Neely
Last time, I discussed the lack of acknowledgement to the economic impact of sea angling by decision makers managing marine fish stocks in the UK. In this blog, I want to explore the linkage between fish availability and level of angling. In the USA, there is an organisation that represents the trade interests for angling. … Continue reading More fish = more anglers = more profit: Part 2
During the last 15 years, there have been a number of scientific studies to assess the economic impacts of Recreational Sea Angling (RSA). Some have been localised, such as the Invest in Fish project based in the south west, whilst others, such as the Drew Report, looked at England & Wales. The most recent and … Continue reading More fish = more anglers = more profit
The European Commission's proposals for bass measures in 2018 (available here) are extreme to say the least. In summary, they're proposing: A total ban on all recreational fishing for bass for the first six months of the year and catch & release only bass angling from July - December A reduction in the annual allowance … Continue reading Who decides whose ‘livelihood’ is more important than that of another EU citizen?