Fight on to give angling a voice
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.