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


Are wrasse the new bass?

Wild caught turbot, sea bass and lobsters are expensive fish with first sale prices (what fishermen receive) regularly of £14 per kilo, £17 per kilo and £15 per kilo respectively. But now, a species that has since time immemorial been a firm favourite for recreational sea anglers and has attracted minimal interest from commercial fishing … Continue reading Are wrasse the new bass?

The CFP and Recreational Sea Angling

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was initiated WITHOUT any consideration of Recreational Sea Angling. Our activity wasn’t even on the radar screen. The CFP’s development (until very recently) took place without any recognition of RSA either for its social value, its economic/employment impacts, its impact on the environment (including fish stocks) or indeed its existence … Continue reading The CFP and Recreational Sea Angling

Artisanal fishing? Not so much!

In this edition of our new series of fortnightly sea angling blogs I thought I’d have a crack at the romantically named “artisanal fishing” industry. The commercial fishing industry, particularly netters working from smaller boats, regularly promote their activities as “artisanal”. Such descriptions serve well to paint their activities as ‘low impact’ or ‘traditional’ and … Continue reading Artisanal fishing? Not so much!