Defra Looking Into ‘Governance Structures’ For Recreational Sea Angling

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

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Commercial fishing continues to ratchet up the illusion of economic importance

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

Who decides whose ‘livelihood’ is more important than that of another EU citizen?

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?