The following call for responses to a consultation could help prevent netting in estuaries and rivers it is aimed at reprioritising wild fish stocks in favour of H&L fishing methods plus also recognising the true value of recreational angling. Every email will help please don’t leave it to someone else as we are stronger together.
The practice of drift netting within areas such as the Taw/Torridge estuary is now finally being reviewed. The estuary has a narrow entrance and a drift net can decimate the bass stock that use it as a breeding ground, plus the salmon and sea trout. The catch isn’t great and is relatively low value against the protection of three declining species and the tourism it could bring to a poor area.
If you feel strongly about this, please can you send an e mail and state your case.
Send emails to -: IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk
The more pressure the public can apply, the better the chances of getting this practice banned. It needs to be in by Wednesday so please don’t delay.