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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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!
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