"So, the government now has it's eyes firmly set on both charging anglers and introducing bag limits and other measures.
Although dressed up as a 'consultation document', IMO the debate that anglers should now be having is no longer "Should we or shouldn't we have a licence".
That time has passed and things have moved on.
A licence now seems to be firmly in DEFRA's sights (although we should still continue to point out to them that a licence will only be acceptable if anglers are being asked to pay for fishery management that is already delivering benefits to anglers)."
I think the time of my posting this illustrates just how concerned I am.
It sounds to me like this has moved beyond the discussion stage. What I would like to here is the thoughts of people like Big cod and those involved in the north east fishing clubs. My feeling is this could effect your business far more than some muppet wanting a few quid from you because he cant stay on his feet. Its time you took some time out and read through this and looked at whats coming. Time to stop petty arguments with binatone and focuss on a real issue for a while. The only way you can make any difference is to start addressing things now, avoiding the issue wont help you and there is no point crying foul in 3 or 5 years time when your aloud 2 fish a day and when your business is in ruins.
A recent read of the nesfc bumf suggests that charter business should now be diversifying into other species. The tope is now being spouted as your saviour. The councillour sat in my front room yesterday says the future looks rosie for charter angling in the area because of this and was proud to announce that they are looking at disabled access to the local boats (something that should be standard provision from a council). He didnt seem to realise that only 1 tope was caught from Whitby last year and that that was hardly something to build a business upon.
I think Paul and the others need to undertsnad that all these people are discussing your future, and the only people not involved in discussing the local charter skippers future is the local charter skipper himself.
As for fishing clubs as we know them now. Are they ruined too ?
Edited by glennk, 21 May 2006 - 12:09 AM.