Why is it so difficult for Angling organisations to say to DEFRA we do not support Bag limits for cod. You on this very forum have said anglers have not contributed to the current circumstances with regard to cod. If that is your belief why aren't you as opposed to this ridiculous proposal as me ?
We might see things very differently here Nigel, only time will tell what's to become of the north east charter fleet and the north east fishing clubs - who knows who is right - I sincerely hope it isn't me.
But we have Glenn, we have said we are against Bag Limits per se, unless there is something worthwhile accrueing to anglers, the only species that has been given some consideration for as a potential candidate for a restriction in take is bass. If a proposal for bag limits on cod came up we would fight it unless there was overwhelming evidence to state that cod will crash unless angling and commercial effort is capped.
There appears to be this idea that the discussion of bag limits is at such a forward position that individual species are being targeted, it is not
, we are not
. The position hasn't changed WE ARE OPPOSED TO BAG LIMITS
Without being sarcastic, if it makes you feel any better; we are against Bag limits for cod.
For the Conger anglers; we are against Bag limits for Conger (only had 1 and I can't say I was that impressed, but each to their own)
For the Flounder anglers; we are against Bag limits for Flounder (who needs Led Zep or Ted Nugent - enough Heavy metal for everyone in these)
For the Mullet anglers; we are against Bag limits for Mullet (you gets your bog roll already built in!!)
For the Pollock anglers; we are against Bag limits for Pollock (does anyone actually eat this stuff)
For the Bass anglers; we are against Bag limits for Bass (until benefits accrue to anglers, and or the stocks collapse) Which is as far as we have discussed. (but its in the BMP, and in any case will go out to consultation prior to any decision being taken).
For the Ray anglers; we are against Bag limits for Ray (although they of most species could do with protection and therefore some sensible control would be advisable, but that is up to the individual angler, and in any case my own opinion not a national position)
For the Wrasse anglers; we are against Bag limits for Wrasse (but lets use a bit of common here guys they taste like ****)
For the Bream anglers; we are against Bag limits for Bream (tooo tasty for their own good, sorry thats not very PC is it, what the hell I like bream, especially on the Barbie)
For the Haddock anglers; we are against Bag limits for Haddock (being a cod head I prefer cod anyway)
For the Smoothhound anglers; we are against Bag limits for smoothhound (I have to admit I wouldn't need much convincing to go the otherway, why knock a fantastic fighting fish like these on the head).
For the Ling anglers; we are against Bag limits for Ling (You can keep em!!!!)
For the Turbot anglers; we are against Bag limits for Turbot (Other than the Channel Islands try catching one never mind putting a bag limit on them)
For the Brill anglers; we are against Bag limits for Brill anglers!!!!
For the Tope anglers; I am all for no take for Tope (call me radical!!!!)
For the LSD's anglers; we are against harsh treatment of LSD's (if you've never had an LSD they can be a bit rough at times, but you wouldn't want more than a couple in a night anyway - not if you didn't want nightmares anyway)
For the shark anglers, those days are long gone.
Sorry if I've missed any other target species off, e-mail me and I'll make a public statement tomorrow.
Sorry Glenn, just a bit of light-hearted banter, with a bit of a serious side that shows, to say you are against bag limits on one particular species means you have to go through the whole range, far simpler and less time consuming to say, in short you are against bag limits and when a specific issue arises, dealt with it at face value.