Welcome on board – Steven Neely

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

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More fish = more anglers = more profit: Part 2

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

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