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MULLET CONSERVATION – How You Can Help

Sep 03,2006 National Mullet Club


MULLET CONSERVATION • HOW YOU CAN HELP

The National Mullet Club has submitted a mullet conservation paper to DEFRA. The paper has the support of the NFSA and SACN.

You can view the paper at http://www.thenationalmulletclub.org/mcpsept06v3.pdf


The National Mullet Club are asking for Recreational Only status for mullet

Given the slow progress towards recreational-only status for any species following the recommendations in the “Net Benefits” Report and the assurances in the Labour Charter for Angling, we want to make sure that our paper is taken seriously and progressed on a reasonable timescale through DEFRA’s Inshore working Group.

Please write a brief letter to the Minister, Ben Bradshaw in support of the paper.

The address to write is:  

Mr B. Bradshaw MP
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London
SW1P 3JR

The letter does not have to be long.

Use your own words but the following ideas may help.

A letter which arrives before the next Inshore Working Group meeting on 28th September will be particularly useful.

• Say you are a recreational angler who fishes for mullet (if appropriate)

• Say you support the Mullet Conservation Paper submitted to DEFRA by NMC on 4th September  and want to see it considered seriously/promptly.

• Say you expect to see a positive outcome/recreational only status for mullet given the assurance about mullet given in the Labour Charter for Angling 2005 (This assurance was that the Marine Bill would include provision for the mullet fishery to be managed “specifically for angling” which we take to mean recreational-only status.)

• Say you are concerned about declining catches of mullet and if you can back this up with information about the area(s) you fish, please do so.

• Say you particularly want to be able to catch reasonable numbers of big mullet, not just little ones.

• Say that mullet are vulnerable to commercial over-exploitation because they are slow growing (up to 20 years for 5lb) and slow to reach sexual maturity.

• Say you are fed up with your mullet sport being ruined by commercial fishing when your sport contributes far more to the economy than the commercials earn by killing the mullet. (The relevant figures are in the paper but could be as diverse as £1.60 per kilo at Billingsgate compared to £25 per kilo expended by anglers)

• Say you use the fishery sustainably by returning your mullet alive (if appropriate.)

If you do not actually fish for mullet, your support in writing is still highly valued.

(The proposals, if implemented, will benefit other species as well as mullet) 

 You can make the above points in general terms



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