Fishing News – the weekly newspaper for commercial fishing in the UK – recently printed a bewildering article by Ian Gilbert (no relation I assure you!), a commercial line fisherman who works out of Poole. I use the word ‘bewildering’ not so much for the fact that the content is appallingly written but because the … Continue reading Sea Angling Economic Importance Grossly Under-Exaggerated
Wild caught turbot, sea bass and lobsters are expensive fish with first sale prices (what fishermen receive) regularly of £14 per kilo, £17 per kilo and £15 per kilo respectively. But now, a species that has since time immemorial been a firm favourite for recreational sea anglers and has attracted minimal interest from commercial fishing … Continue reading Are wrasse the new bass?
Myself and my colleagues at the Angling Trust recently heard that a well-known sea angling club was planning to make representations to the Home Secretary to insist that a 12-mile exclusion zone from EU boats is implemented to “preserve the rights of British vessels, both commercial and recreational”. From my experience, UK commercial fishermen (but … Continue reading Taking Back Control of Our Seas
I’m sure that many of my own friends genuinely believe that the promotion of catch and release bass angling (C&R) is the responsible thing to do, especially with a resource that has been terribly over-exploited. But let me paint an alternative picture. I believe that recreational sea angling (RSA) needs to promote itself as a sector … Continue reading The CFP and RSA – Part 2
The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was initiated WITHOUT any consideration of Recreational Sea Angling. Our activity wasn’t even on the radar screen. The CFP’s development (until very recently) took place without any recognition of RSA either for its social value, its economic/employment impacts, its impact on the environment (including fish stocks) or indeed its existence … Continue reading The CFP and Recreational Sea Angling
In this edition of our new series of fortnightly sea angling blogs I thought I’d have a crack at the romantically named “artisanal fishing” industry. The commercial fishing industry, particularly netters working from smaller boats, regularly promote their activities as “artisanal”. Such descriptions serve well to paint their activities as ‘low impact’ or ‘traditional’ and … Continue reading Artisanal fishing? Not so much!
That recreational anglers fish for fun is undeniably true but to then conclude that an activity based on fun, recreation, leisure or relaxation is in some way economically inferior to commercial fishing is patently not true. As an angler, I fully understand how spending money on my leisure activity actually supports livelihoods. Many angling friends … Continue reading Who do the nets benefit – Part 2.