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""The Invest in Fish South West project proposes management options that balance economic, social and environmental benefits.

The findings from this report contribute to this process and give a clear message that anglers want and merit a say in wider fisheries management, particularly as that management becomes more regionalised and ecosystem-based.

The report shows that the socio-economic contribution of angling to the South West justifies this demand."


See:

http://www.anglers-net.co.uk/sacn/latest/index.php?view=321

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Having just scanned through 121 pages (I will read fully when time is available) I can see a lot of information that will be of interest to anglers. It can be clearly seen that with the decrease in a lot of species the dogfish has increased to fill the space left.
What I haven't seen is what purpose will all this information be put to and whether it will form the basis for changes throughout the UK.
 

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"Data gathered from this report will be incorporated into the Invest in Fish South
West bio-economic model, creating real life scenarios in which different fisheries
management options will be tested. This information has been presented to the
Invest in Fish South West Steering Group and will play an important role in its
fisheries management debate."


"1.1 How this report can be used

This report will be of interest to a number of different audiences, each of whom
will view the results from a different perspective and with different uses in mind.
These audiences include the Invest in Fish South West Steering Group; sea
anglers in the South West and elsewhere; Cemare and CEFAS; government
agencies; other stakeholders in the fish stocks of the region; and the general
public. This report can be used to:

• determine the number and typology of sea anglers in the region;

• ascertain the contribution made by sea angling to the South West’s
economy, including consumer surplus;

• identify how the value of the angling experience changes as factors such
as the size of fish change;

• provide inputs into the Invest in Fish South West bio-economic model;

• identify management options that are proposed by sea anglers;

• help decision-makers to identify which management objectives will match
anglers’ needs;

• generate a better awareness of sea anglers’ opinions and a high level of
knowledge."


But more importantly, the information can be used by anglers anywhere, when pressing for the measures that they want to see put in place to devlop their sport on the back of the need to restore fish stocks and allow fish to grow bigger.

For addresses of who to write to etc, see the 'contacts' sections at:

http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/sacn/

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