What is the conservation priority for you? The Environment? Your rights & privileges to go fishing? Fish stocks? Which would you say should come first?
True, but others might argue along the lines of: What's the point in having a bicycle and not being allowed to ride it?Without fish stocks, there would be no fishing.
So,If angling is legislated out of existance, and given the current trend, that is on the cards for the future, who will benefit - apart from the fish?
Exactly, Leon!Protection of our rights to fish is inescapably linked to conserving and (in many cases) restoring our recreational fisheries, and in that way maintaining the numbers of anglers necessary to defend our interests against the growing threats to our sport.
The overall abundance of diatoms and other plankton is dropping throughout UK waters. No one fishes for them.How about an option D, a restriction on commercial exploitation of the food species for the comercially explioted fish stocks, ie crab and sandeel, they are the bottom of the food chain, they eat algae gathering their nutrients from light, without them other life in the sea would cease to exist. They are vital to the ecosystem yet there is no quota for their exploitation.
Ditto! Needs an holistic approach - you can't have one without the rest. Look after the whole environment and the marine environment is part of that, look after the marine environment and fish stocks will be part of that. Quality fish stocks mean any environmental reasons for restricting anglers rights will diminish since angling actvity is relatively low impact.At the end of the day, Rights and privilidges comes down to whether we have to pay a license or not and money will always exist. If we Save the environment then this will have a knock on effect and the fish will thrive naturally. Saving the environment could be using less destructive methods of fishing which in turn will save stocks. Recycling and producing less waste will add to the thriving of fish stocks due to less waste being pumped into and around the sea.