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
Last time, I discussed the lack of acknowledgement to the economic impact of sea angling by decision makers managing marine fish stocks in the UK. In this blog, I want to explore the linkage between fish availability and level of angling. In the USA, there is an organisation that represents the trade interests for angling. … Continue reading More fish = more anglers = more profit: Part 2
During the last 15 years, there have been a number of scientific studies to assess the economic impacts of Recreational Sea Angling (RSA). Some have been localised, such as the Invest in Fish project based in the south west, whilst others, such as the Drew Report, looked at England & Wales. The most recent and … Continue reading More fish = more anglers = more profit
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?
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
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?
Myself and my colleagues at the Angling Trust recently heard that a well-known sea angling club was planning to make representations to the Home Secretary to insist that a 12-mile exclusion zone from EU boats is implemented to “preserve the rights of British vessels, both commercial and recreational”. From my experience, UK commercial fishermen (but … Continue reading Taking Back Control of Our Seas