Monday, 29 August 2011

"Don't tell him, Pike"

Recreational Sea Anglers are being urged to present a unified face of non-cooperation with DEFRA's implementation of an EU requirement (under Article 47, now Article 55) for anglers to disclose detailed data about their activities. Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon may pretend this is not only in anglers' interests but a home grown initiative when he says "I want sea angling to have a bright future, but to achieve this we must understand what sea anglers are catching, what is being returned alive, and the economic and social benefits the sport provides" but the truth is his arm is being twisted behind his back by the EU Fisheries nomenklatura and he has no choice; as WSF says;
European fisheries managers want to bring sea anglers into line with commercial fishermen under the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy. That could mean restrictions such as bag limits, quotas, and even bans on targeting species that are subject to recovery plans, such as Cod. It could also mean levels of regulation never seen before in the UK, such as licences, log books and registration schemes. Defra and Cefas have been tasked with collecting the data that the EU requires.
The message that RSA-UK wants to get out to the sea angling population is, Defend your Sport, Tell them Nothing. RSA-UK founding member, Bob Shotter, says, “We want people to know that they are under no obligation to cooperate with, or contribute to, Defra’s Sea Angling 2012 scheme. In fact, we would like to see anglers directly oppose the scheme as we believe the data gathered will be used to the detriment of our sport”. The organisation wants to see all sea anglers unite against what it sees as an erosion of the right to enjoy their sport unhindered by layers of pointless restrictions, regulations and EU driven bureaucracy.
Co-founder of RSA-UK, Barry Luxton, says, “The Common Fisheries Policy has been a disaster for fish stocks and the fishermen who rely on healthy stocks to make a living. Why any sea angler would want to become embroiled in the same level of incompetence and micro management, is beyond me. By providing the data that the EU requires, sea anglers could, unknowingly, be contributing to the end of sea angling as we know it”.

12 comments:

formertory said...

The EU is continuing to pick off special interest groups a few at a time; they're doing the same thing just now to motorcyclists. Regulations are being brought forward to have throttle control incorporated into motorcycles so the bike can override the rider's throttle input if it decides it's appropriate (that'll be good on a corner, then), regulations regarding the sealing of the engine and transmission so owners can't tune their bikes - or service them, either. Regulations to ban bikes from town and city centres in the name of pollution control.

Whatever it is you're interested in, they'll be looking your way soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Should they not actually concern themselves [CFP/DEFRA] with the inexcusable insanity of British boats [being forced to] chucking overboard freshly caught fish, because they've 'overfished' their quotas?
This idiocy [chucking fish back] most definitely will not occur [it would never cross their minds to] on Spanish/French and other EU registered boats - NO Chance!

Only the British rigorously enforce these idiot EU rools...... diktats sent down from on 'high'[why*].
Sea Anglers, should tell the EU/DEFRA apparats to; "come out with us and count them yourselves - otherwise FO!"

Where is the 'end' to all of this?

They'll soon want to install bog roll counters and finally they'll count, quantify and annotate how much air we all breathe for tax purposes.

*Question.....why are the British such good and model 'troopers', straining every sinew in their efforts - to be exemplar EU National Socialists??
The momentum is gaining, has done so since the Nu Scum came to power in 97 and shows no sign of abating, ie, the Trot' Tory collaborators/yellow filth are just as bad - or do the apparats, now really run the nation?

Anonymous said...

BTW, Dads Army, one of the most evocative [of old England]- true genius, really funny, beautifully drawn characters, just wonderful and great comedy. Would, can children [who watch now] understand, the niceties and nuance of the depictions and if they cannot, what a shame that is.

Anonymous said...

Anon: "and finally they'll count, quantify and annotate how much air we all breathe for tax purposes."

What do you think CO2 quotas are all about, if not taxing the air you breath?

Gallovidian said...

I sea angling is brought into line with commercial fishing, does that mean the captain has to be Latvian and the crew Phillipino? That's what most of the bigger boats here in Scotland seen to be manned by.

Open borders and fuck the consequences.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

@formertory, can we have a reference or link for all that stuff about bikes?

Anonymous said...

Doesn't take long for the milk to sour does it? I had high (but tentative) hopes for the coalition, but no, we are all still in the same overcrowded, leaky boat with a nondescript captain of little spine or gumption.

Coney Island

James Higham said...

"I want sea angling to have a bright future, but to achieve this we must understand what sea anglers are catching, what is being returned alive, and the economic and social benefits the sport provides"

Groan.

Anonymous said...

"What do you think CO2 quotas are all about, if not taxing the air you breath?"

Good point.

formertory said...

@WeekendYachtsman: link to MAG website .

Not the greatest piece of prose written in the history of the language but it's a summary.

Also here .

Mike Spilligan said...

I'm reminded of the "Passports for Horses" fiasco - tho' an expensive one for owners, of course.
The EU didn't recognize that some people keep horses - and donkeys - as companion animals. What it was eventually found to be, supposedly, was a control against them getting into the food chain.
Allez les Belges.

Andy said...

I'm a keen scuba-diver, EU-hater, and AGW sceptic.
I'm waiting for the EU to start over-regulating my open-water sport, so I fully sympathise with you guys.

Essentially, the EU is trying to align a harmless and immensely enjoyable sport that a relatively few number of people take part in (sea-angling) with high-volume, bottom dredging, factory fishing ships. It's ridiculous.

The UK seems to be the only country that complies with the ridiculous EU dictats. Spain and France just ignore the rules when it suits them, so the UK should too.

Protect your sport - tell 'em nothing!