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May 24,2008  by SACN

Angling Unity - Latest


imageThr principle angling organisations of all disciplines are coming together to form a single organisation next year. The latest news on progress is available at: http://anglingunity.co.uk/2008/05/23/angling-unity-update-may-2008/ (It is intended that a monthly Unity Newsletter will be produced each month to keep interested parties ... [full story]


May 20,2008  by sacn

Marine Bill Committee Calls for Evidence


imageThe two Houses of Parliament have established a Joint Committee on the Draft Marine Bill. The remit of the committee is to consider the draft Bill, and report on it to both Houses by 22 July 2008. The Committee have invited ... [full story]


May 20,2008  by SACN

UK Sea Anglers in Brussels


imageThree UK sea anglers representing separate recreational sea angling organisations have just returned from Brussels where they attended the third Shark Alliance members meeting. The Shark Alliance is a not-for-profit coalition of over 50 non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark ... [full story]


May 16,2008  by SACN

UK Bass Stocks Collapsing


imageInformation from the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) 16th May 2008 ��" For Immediate Release     UK Bass Stocks Are Collapsing Recent scientific evidence shows that UK bass stocks are collapsing.  Bass Society demands urgent government action. John Leballeur, Chairman of ... [full story]


May 03,2008  by SACN

Marine Protected Areas and RSA


imageIn March, SACN along with other RSA Recreational Sea Angling Organisations were invited to take part in a meeting, along with other stakeholders to discuss proposals for establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters. Below is a copy of ... [full story]


Apr 21,2008  by SACN

The Marine Bill - Next Steps


imageThe (almost 700 page) Draft Marine Bill is now out for Public Consultation with comments needed back to DEFRA by 26th June. The Marine Bill will enable the Government powers to deliver through secondary legislation, which will be subject to further consultation. ... [full story]


Apr 03,2008  by SACN

Draft Marine Bill Launched


imageThis morning SACN attended an event to publicise the launch of the Draft Marine Bill at Whitstable in Kent, where Hilary Benn, Jonathan Shaw and DEFRA's Rodney Anderson mingled with stakeholders from the local fishing community, environmental NGOs, local fishery officials ... [full story]


Mar 19,2008  by SACN

No Sea Angling Licence


image Press Release Information from the Sea Anglers’ Conservation Network (SACN) 19th March 2007  No Sea Angling Licence SACN welcomes yesterday’s statement by Jonathan Shaw MP, the Fisheries Minister, that he will not be introducing a Sea Angling Licence. At the ... [full story]


Mar 18,2008  by SACN

SOS Defends Spurdog Decision


imageYesterday, Mike Park the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association said that the measure was without a doubt sparking more discarding and skippers were questioning the rationale behind it, given the European Commission’s strategy of cutting discarding. But ... [full story]


Mar 18,2008  by SACN

Anglers Battering the Fish Heads of Europe


imageAfter ten years of stubbornly refusing recreational sea anglers any say in managing fisheries, the European Council has given up and agreed that the €8-€10 billion (£6-8 billion) they generate each year now qualifies them as a genuine part of ... [full story]



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