On 26 January 2006 Defra launched a new publication, ‘Fishing Focus’, a newsletter for marine fisheries stakeholders. The newsletter is a joint publication from Defra and the Marine Fisheries Agency (MFA) and aims to improve communications with stakeholders.

Defra and MFA are seeking feedback on this trial issue of the newsletter. If you would like to comment, please contact, fishingfocus@defra.gsi.gov.uk before 20 February 2006.

Download a copy of fishing focus as a pdf file. To do this you will require a copy of Acrobat Reader on your computer, a free download is available from Adobe.

[Comment – There is concern amongst recreational sea angling stakeholders that Defra’s newsletter is heavily biased in favour of the commercial fishing industry. The trial issue of ‘fishing focus’ makes no reference to recreational sea angling issues, despite assurances given by Defra that it regards the recreational sea angling industry as a major stakeholder.]