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Petition to Ban Commerical Fishing within 1 mile

Mike Spiller from Wyvern Division emailed us to say he came across this Government e-petition. Its to ban all Commerical fishing within one mile of the UK coastline. It's in the interest for absolutely EVERYONE OF US to sign it. Imagine, no commercial fishing for a mile. Talked about for decades so
let's try and have it put in place and preserve what little fish we still have. Yes,Gordon Brown told us to stick the gill net petition so as not to upset the commercial lobby but we must keep trying: the more the sport fishing lobby
shouts the more those in power have to listen. Please take the time to sign it and pass it on to absolutely everyone. Follow the link below and do the right thing. Please email your mates and pass it on. Click the link to sign up.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/1mileboundry/


Last updated on: Wednesday, 14th May 2008


Bass Stocks in Decline

British stocks of wild sea Bass are running dangerously low because of soaring demand, experts warned yesterday.
Part of the problem is that sea Bass take seven years to reach breeding age. Recent scientific evidence shows that UK bass stocks are collapsing. 

Bass Society demands urgent government action. John Leballeur, Chairman of the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) Restoration Project Team says “In over 20 years of bass sampling I have never seen a period when the numbers of young bass have been so low for so long”.

Shocked by the emerging evidence the society has written to Jonathan Shaw, the UK Fisheries Minister, demanding urgent measures to halt the disastrous collapse, demanding that both the recreational and commercial bass fisheries are closed during the 3 month breeding season when spawning congregations of bass are particularly vulnerable, and suggesting the establishment of designated Marine Protection Areas designed to protect bass stocks.  

Recommended as a species to be regarded as recreational only in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Units ‘Net Benefits’ report, bass was recently described by the current Fisheries Minister as ‘an important displacement species’ for the hard pressed commercial fishing industry when the Minister cancelled measures designed to protect the species last year, despite the superior value of the UK recreational bass fishery.
Even some commercial fishermen have since expressed concerns at the present unsustainable level of exploitation.
In his letter to the Minister, as well as offering the new evidence, John Leballeur points out to the Minister that he now faces a catastrophe on his watch as Fisheries Minister, unless he acts with urgency to bring in effective measures to protect the species



Last updated on: Saturday, 24th May 2008

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