Fight on to give an­gling a voice

Sea Angler (UK) - - YOUR FISHING -

Calls for recre­ational sea an­gling to be recog­nised as a stake­holder in fu­ture fish­eries pol­icy and a plea for an end to com­mer­cial over-fish­ing will be voted on by MPs.

They will form two amend­ments, put for­ward by the An­gling Trust, to the Gov­ern­ment’s new Fish­eries Bill. The first ar­gues that recre­ational sea an­gling must be for­mally ac­knowl­edged as a le­git­i­mate stake­holder in fu­ture fish­eries pol­icy with a full seat at the ta­ble. The se­cond calls for com­mer­cial over­fish­ing to be ended through a le­gally bind­ing duty placed on Min­is­ters only to set fish­ing lim­its that do not ex­ceed best sci­en­tific ad­vice in or­der to re­build fish stocks.

In De­cem­ber there was Par­lia­men­tary scru­tiny of the Gov­ern­ment’s new Fish­eries Bill, dur­ing which the An­gling Trust’s Martin Sal­ter was in­vited to present ev­i­dence to both the Fish­eries Bill Com­mit­tee and the En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee. The next step is for the Bill to be dis­cussed by the House of Lords.

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