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.

AS WE MOVE into au­tumn, more keen an­glers’ thoughts are turn­ing to lure fish­ing, and we’ve brought you two in­spir­ing fea­tures this week.Former match­man Dar­ren Starkey’s jour­ney deep into a light lure ad­dic­tion is a great read (p.26-29), with more to come. And while Steve Lock­ett’s catches weren’t big when we joined him (p.30-33), his mo­bile and fun ap­proach is worth try­ing on in­ti­mate venues.We are now ex­actly one month away from fish­ing, pos­si­bly, ‘com­ing home’.The World Lure Champs is at the vast Rut­landWater. Its of­fi­cial ti­tle is the 11th FIPS-ed Car­niv­o­rous Ar­ti­fi­cial Bait Boat Angling Cham­pi­onships, and boat teams from around 20 na­tions will com­pete. colum­nist Steve Col­lett is now the Eng­land man­ager, and we’ll bring you in­sight on this event soon.CHATTING to a col­league af­ter a tench fish­ing ses­sion, he sug­gested the species can be im­pos­si­ble at this time of year.On some wa­ters that might be true, maybe they are on nat­u­rals, feed­ing less in clear, cool­ing wa­ters. But I’ve al­ways done all right with tench in Septem­ber, al­beit on ‘eas­ier’ wa­ters.This golden one went‘ape’ when I hooked it the other morn­ing be­fore work. Green ones fought more con­ven­tion­ally.If you like tench, have a go soon, be­fore they really do get tricky. N

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