A call for a wider ranging UK Bluefin Tuna tagging program

Many of you will be aware that Defra, in collaboration with Cefas and Exeter University, have recently begun a research program in relation to the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ABFT) that have appeared in Cornish waters over the last three years. That program, “Thunnus UK”, incorporates a satellite tagging (PSAT) element, targeting the application of up … Continue reading A call for a wider ranging UK Bluefin Tuna tagging program

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One rule for them and another for us!

For decades the UK commercial fishing industry has blamed everyone else for the overfishing of UK waters. It is always the ‘French’, the ‘Spaniards’, the ‘Man on the moon’ or the fishermen from ‘Timbuktu’. Tell a lie often enough and it can become the truth. During frequent conversations I have about overfishing with the public … Continue reading One rule for them and another for us!

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

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