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

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New By-laws Show Angler Engagement Is Essential

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

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?

Sea Angling Economic Importance Grossly Under-Exaggerated

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