Over the years there has been much criticism of the Sea Fisheries Committees for their apparent inability to protect the interests of all stakeholders. In recent years several sea angling organisations have been seeking a greater involvement in the management of the inshore fishery.

Defra are now looking for volunteers to serve on Sea Fisheries Committees throughout the UK and will welcome applications from recreational sea anglers.

Will anybody interested in applying to Defra please speak with John Leballeur, Chairman of BASS, first. ( contact details can be found in the BASS magazine)

BASS has been asked by Defra to publicise the following advertisement.

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Defra – Appointments to Sea Fisheries Committees in England from 1 July 2005

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be appointing over one hundred people to be members of Sea Fisheries Committees in England for the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2009.

Candidates for appointment must either:

Have a good knowledge of the issues facing the various fisheries, both commercial and recreational, within the SFCs districts,
or
be knowledgeable about marine environmental matters.

Candidates must also be of good standing and not be subject to any fisheries infringement action or any extant convictions.

If you fulfil these requirements and would like to be considered for appointment, you can obtain a nomination form and more details from David Miller, Room 121, 10 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HH. (Telephone 020 7270 8304, Fax 020 7270 8302, Email david.m.miller@defra.gsi.gov.uk).

The closing date for nominations is Friday 25 February.

More information on the nature and role of Sea Fisheries Committees, together with the responsibilities of members appointed by the Secretary of State (including a copy of the nomination form) is available on the Defra Website.

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