Maff really were the useless pain in the neck everybody i'd ever worked with told me they were.
My expensive Maff "education" taught me nothing about the world i lived in fishingwise. It taught me lots about power and money and organisations unwillingness to let go at any cost though.
Like you though, thats all just ancient history.
Any chance the At reps can catch up?
Oh I wish it was all just ancient history Cris, nothing has changed MAFF now DEFRA and MFA are still pretty clueless fishing wise, probably much larger in number than in your day even though the fleet is much smaller.
They have now got their sights firmly set on the under ten fleet and we are getting all the pain that comes with that.
Soon they will merge with the FC's to become an even bigger Quango needed to keep anglers in order and police the MPA's