Big bait survey
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Iwhat is a global first, a conservation organisation is conducting three surveys on baits and sustainability, each aimed at a different audience: anglers, bait producers and freshwater fishery managers.
The online survey by Fish 21 can be completed by anyone up to September 25, after which the results will be analysed and a report published this autumn.
Dr Stuart McLanaghan, who runs Fish21, explained: “Fish caught to make fishmeal and extract fish oil currently represent one-third of the global fish harvest.
“For example, krill are extremely important to the food chain in marine ecosystems and make up the largest part of the diet for many marine animals – from small fish right up to baleen whales.
“Sourcing that is responsible and sustainable is equally important, irrespective of whether seafood/ fish are sourced for human consumption or used in pet foods and angling baits.
“It is increasingly recognised that businesses overall have an important role to play in delivering more environmentally friendly production and consumption, otherwise society will not be able to contain climate change; resources will become increasingly scarce and ecosystems further damaged.
“For all manufacture, this means making products that minimise negative environmental impacts during both production and use.
“Maintaining sustainable target fish populations remains the number one priority for the angling sector. This requires, for example, good water quality and healthy aquatic habitats.
Have your say in a new survey on baits, set up by a conservation organisation. You can complete the survey online at: bit.ly/2JWKGyY
“So, the first thing to think intended to inform the current about is the baits themselves. position with regard to baits
For example, is the bait fully and their use, and hopefully digestible by fish and other provide a useful starting point aquatic life, or does it create for further discussion. undigested remains that could “Whilst groundbaits are potentially negatively affect included in the survey's scope, water quality and fish health? hard/soft plastic lures are
“On the other hand, baits excluded. All comments will could go beyond simply be treated in the strictest attracting fish and confidence,” Stuart added. better supplement Owner of a tackle shop and their natural diet, carp fishery Neville Fickling contributing to commented: “There isn’t any healthy weight gains real evidence of fishing baits which increase a such as boilies harming fish, fishery’s asset value, and the ingredients are all as well as benefiting basically natural, although I broader aquatic life. have heard concerns about
“Another question what preservatives are used. to ask is whether Some manufacturers are or not the baits starting to list the contents on and ingredients the packaging. themselves are responsibly “There is an issue about the sourced (e.g. whether seafood sourcing of fishmeal for pellets, is supplied from a certified but it is the fish farms that use sustainable fishery). substantially more of these than
“It is also important to anglers. consider if the sourcing, “The farmers are aware of production, packaging and the criticism of their impact on distribution processes can the environment, and work is be redesigned to minimise going on by the manufacturers environmental impacts such to reduce the fishmeal content as using readily recyclable of the pellets – substitutes packaging materials. such as chicken feather meal
“Many of these issues haven’t and other by-products of meat generally been considered, production are increasingly publicly at least, by recreational being employed. fishing bait producers. “The content has changed
“These surveys are just already in my lifetime.” Man behind the survey – Stuart McLanaghan.
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