The Angling Trust have just hauled on the handbrake, opposite locked it, spun the thing about and have floored it in the opposite direction to the way they were pushing before!
As you know, they are pushing for an 80% cut in the bass take for all but are disgusted with a 1 fish bag limit for RSA and want a 2-3 fish bag limit for all.....Aren't they?
...eeeerrr, well, not exactly, but well, um, no, never, not at all, David Mitchell said, “These proposals are outrageous and utterly inadequate to deal with the crisis facing bass stocks. Given the EU’s failure to come up with any sensible proposals, we call once again on the UK Government to take unilateral action to protect stocks in UK waters, as Ireland and the Netherlands have done. We will continue to fight on behalf of our members in Westminster and Brussels to protect fish stocks and anglers’ rights to fish for them.”
Martin Salter was even more outraged, puffed up and full of self importance!
"George Eustice and his officials at Defra need to up their game considerably now that their flawed strategy of leaving the future of British bass stocks to the unholy horse trading processes of the European Commission is unravelling. The Angling Trust has warned Mr Eustice and MPs that the Commission was likely to cave into pressure from the commercial sector and that it was foolhardy to talk of breakthroughs and to resist drafting much needed domestic measures that could complement whatever was eventually agreed in Europe."
Now what on Earth can they be talking about? Well, the good old Truss in all it's magnificence "has helped to draft a briefing note in a partnership between the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), the European Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) and the International Forum For Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSUA) to influence the Commission and Member States before the Council of Ministers meets on December 15th-16th."
This briefing note says:
- "Proposals for a recreational bag limit to be dropped until there is more data available on its effectiveness in reducing fishing mortality and until more serious efforts are made to restrict commercial bass fishing mortality in a fair and proportionate way.
- A total ban on all fishing in and around key bass spawning areas.
- An immediate increase in the Minimum Conservation Reference Size from 35cm to at least 42cm. (The Angling Trust wants see this raised to at least 45cms as soon as possible)
- An immediate review of available technical measures and a cap on bass caught in mixed fisheries."
So, WOAH there, you anglers sending off letters to your MPs asking for bag limits on RSA....they don't want it now!
There's tons more here: http://www.anglingtr...ews&itemid=2368
Edited by Worms, 15 November 2014 - 08:42 PM.