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!
That recreational anglers fish for fun is undeniably true but to then conclude that an activity based on fun, recreation, leisure or relaxation is in some way economically inferior to commercial fishing is patently not true. As an angler, I fully understand how spending money on my leisure activity actually supports livelihoods. Many angling friends … Continue reading Who do the nets benefit – Part 2.
In 2004 a report to Government called Net Benefits was published. This report was the result of research by the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit into the whole marine fisheries sector and was researched and assembled by some of the country's top economists. The report made some stunningly welcome recommendations in respect of Recreational Sea Angling … Continue reading Who do the nets benefit?
Doesn't time fly? It’s now a year since Fishing for Life, the National Angling Strategy was launched by the former Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon. Just to remind you, the strategy aims to get more people fishing, more often, and to bring angling right into the heart of communities. One of the ways of achieving this … Continue reading Pier Pressure
John Andrews' vintage fishing tackle stall at London's Spitalfields Market harks back to my grandfather’s era, and before, with a range of coarse, game and sea angling items from an age of cane, brass and oiled leather; a welcome antidote to today's world of carbon fibre, fluorocarbon and neoprene. The pick of the items when I … Continue reading Andrews Of Arcadia
The weekend marked my third blank session in a row now. I’m getting pretty tired of this now! First it was a perch-free session on the Kennet and Avon canal, then a trout-less session on Farmoor reservoir near Oxford and finally a bite-less session on the North Kent coast yesterday – only saved by a … Continue reading Broadening Horizons
Frankly, it’s been pathetic reading some commentators’ attempts to engage in the MCZ debate off the back of the Fish Fight march to Westminster in February. Over three years of conspicuous absence in the debate during the run up to the march and suddenly a lurch into the fray in the final stages seemingly just … Continue reading Something To Think About