I have read with concern the comments on this and other sites since Leon saw fit to publish
Personally I will be doing my best to encourage both the SFC and MFA to adopt a more proactive preventive stance, such as the recent local checks on both RSA's and commercial sector in respect of undersize fish, together with MFA checks on buyers. At the same time I believe that a local prosecution is well overdue on illegal RSA sales and purchase and will be encouraging them in that direction.
These are crucial times for a sustainable fishery for future generations of both anglers and commercial fishermen to enjoy. I would suggest to all that rather than continuing to foster ill- informed comments that seem to want to try to divide both factions, we should all be working more closely together to try to influence both DEFRA and the politicians.
Pressure on my personal time, means that I will not be entering into debate on this subject within this forum, albeit I will be active on the coal face. My apologies in advance to anyone who might wish me to do so!
Hi Sorry to see that you do not have a great deal of time to discuss these important issues, when you post something like this i feel that you must, as again the link you pose with the rsa and 'anglers, illegal non-licenced commercial' is too strong and unfounded. Your friend Mr Venmore makes the same mistake.Why do you think the majority of the rsa need proactivly checking, what will that acheive, apart from division. The rsa is not a faction although i agree both commercial and the rsa should work together, my concern with that is the likes of the nffo will tell the rsa to get stuffed. I note in your post there is no referance to commercial illegal activity or the amount of damage that it does to the stock in relation to the preceived amount of damage caused by these other illegals. Got any figures for us. Just how large is the problem.
Many thousands of families holiday down the west country every year. Myself included, for a long time, perhaps two or three times a year. Why should the likes of myself be lumped in with guys that you alledge to be the downfall of the fish stocks. Get it right. Make it abundantly clear. That is what i ask.
Again also you seem to appear to know who these illegals are, do something about it then, don't criminalise all of the rsa though with the fix or you might just lose the holiday traffic, do you want that. I have seen the sfc protection vessel in and around brixham, very impressive, how many times have you felt the need to give them a call when you have gone to your mark and seen all these 'illegals'as you say, day in and day out. If i was in your position that would be the first thing i would consider.
If you feel that Mr Venmore's article has been unfairly edited, please arrange for the origional transcript to be posted here for all to see and to make up our own minds.
Thank you Leon for providing us the newspaper posting as you saw fit.
Gill tagging is the way forward.
Edited by barry luxton, 02 September 2007 - 01:49 PM.