Iím firstly a Sea Angler; if I were a 100% conservationist I would not be casting baited hooks seaward in the quest for a living creature.
My days of sea fishing started when I was very young and meant a fruitful day would help to feed a hungry family.
Today you may not know, but in the past feeding your family was just part of everyday life. Where the food came from was all local. Chickens, Pigs, Rabbits, Apples, Pears and Plums they were all there. In folkís backyards n gardens, they were traded off for what youíd not got. So a few fish for a rabbit or a dozen eggs, this was day to day living.
Today you can easily pop to you local supermarket, out of season, and buy anything fresh. It donít matter how itís harvested, this donít come into the equation. You just put your hand into your wallet and pay for your goods, thank you and good day.
Now lets get off this soapbox.
Sea Fishing and Conservation
My fellow anglers and I never keep a fish thatís below the MLS, unless itís unreturnable, there can be many reasons for this. Which if youíre an experienced angler you would no why. Standing on the shore, or in a boat, you will see the wildlife would take care of this unfortunate catch. Do Seagulls, while out fishing, ever surround you; they are just looking for their next meal.
In size fish are often returned when a sufficient catch for the table has been caught. Sometimes more are kept for the freezer, to be eaten in leaner times.
To preach Sea Fishing Conservationism, some on this Forum are targeting the wrong people. You need to be knocking on supermarket counters, asking your local chippy where their fish stocks come from. Go to the gates of fish markets and tell them what your thoughts are on over fishing the seas. If your convictions were true, you would not fear their reactions and stand the cause.
I do, do my part for Sea Fishing Conservation, there are names that participate on this forum that would vouch for that. Graphically my input goes unsigned. Anyone or anybody that asks for me, to do, or take part in their fight for conservation will be considered, if I feel the cause is right for Sea Fishing. I cannot fight all battles but given the choice Iíd be in the front line of Major Issues.
Now to those likkle localised thinking immature, irresponsible so called self-proclaimed defenders of all, get off your high horses, get into reality and go fishing.
It would do you good.
Now where did I put my Priest.
Edited by John E Ashford, 15 October 2006 - 10:57 AM.