Sea Anglers – Your Sport Needs YOU!

This is from Barney Wright and Bob Cox of
Total Sea Fishing

If ever there was a moment
when YOU should show interest in the politics of our sport – it's NOW,
because The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
has published a consultation paper laying out a strategy for
recreational sea angling in England.

 
The consultation document
has been sent out to all those who DEFRA deem to be stakeholders and
who have interests in our future activities. Inexplicably they include
shellfish processors, commercial fishermen, surfers and various
organisations from Wales and Scotland. Wales and Scotland? What does it
have to do with them, because on the front cover it says England? Could
it be that their views might be used to dilute our response and, when
the analysis is made, it is the views of the Scottish Fish Producers
Organisation that wins the day.

 
Sea anglers should respond
to the consultation. If they don't those mentioned above certainly
will. It is vitally important that the responses from anglers, and
those who provide goods and services to us, are overwhelmingly in the
majority. If we don't respond, our future will be in the hand of
others, just as it is now… so get going and respond!


You can find it at:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/sea-angling/index.htm

Take a long hard look at it and read it
thoroughly. It is also posted on our website at
totalseamagazine.com . We will be discussing it in depth and
you can email your comments to
defrastrat@dhpub.co.uk