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!

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?