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Aug 03,2006  by Michael Wigan

Sport Fishing


imageOne of the most attractive ways to use a resource is enjoy it, then leave it behind. Sport fishing has this unbeatable, quite unassailable virtue: it does not harm the stock. Either the numbers caught and retained are so ... [full story]


Aug 03,2006  by Leon Roskilly

A Slow Death For Scotland's Dolphins?


imageIn recent years, a tourist industry worth millions of pounds has developed in the Moray Firth, but operators of the boats which carry sightseers out to look at the dolphins are left wondering just how long the bonanza will last. ... [full story]


Aug 03,2006  by Malcolm Gilbert

The Precautionary Principle


imageRemember the concept that went something like "the absence of absolute scientific evidence should not be used to prevent action to control exploitation where anecdotal evidence exists to raise doubts as to the sustainability etc., etc."? The fishing industry ... [full story]


Aug 30,2001  by Leon Roskilly

Marine Appeal - Breathing life into our dying seas


imageEvery year, thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises die needlessly in UK waters. These waters are increasingly under threat from pollution, oil spillage, excessive fishing and incidental bycatch, where dolphins and harbour porpoises are caught accidentally in fishing nets. ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Chris Pledge

Dead Fish Patrol


imageIn 1999, BBC 2’s Internal Affairs series broadcast the program Dead Fish Patrol –the third part of four documentaries looking at the work of some of Britain’s various enforcement agencies - this one focused it’s attentions on sea fisheries inspectors ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Chris Pledge

Dredging, Indifference and Apathy


imageThe proposed dredging of 23 million tons of aggregates off of Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Peter Quarmby, Hants & IW area manager for the Environment Agency, says; "Thank you for your letter of the 16 April ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Chris Pledge

Whose Harvest?


imageStatistics recently released show that recreational sea angling is now worth twice as much as commercial fishing. Official Government recordings of fish landings (the bulk of which I understand was made up of shellfish and scallops) show that in ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Chris Pledge

Conservation Or Preservation


imageHi everybody, meet Totland Bay Angling Club member Max O'Brien. Eight-year-old Max has recently become the youngest ever winner of the Isle of Wight junior shore championships. He achieved this by catching two flounders from the western bank of the ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Chris Pledge

MAFF Murder


imageIt's been called MAFF Murder; minimum commercial landing size limits were slashed or removed completely for some species from January 1st 2000, meaning they can now be openly trawled before even reaching sexual maturity. If officers from any angling ... [full story]


Aug 03,2000  by Malcolm Gilbert

Where Do Anglers Stand?


imageOn the 25th February 1999 a meeting was held at MAFF Nobel House to discuss the inclusion of recreational angling boats in fisheries closures when the under ten metre fleet had exhausted a specific stock quota. In the ... [full story]



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