Bottom trawling banned in four offshore marine protected areas – and why this matters to anglers.

The designation of marine conservation areas have caused a lot of controversy across a number of stakeholder groups since they were first introduced. There is a wide network of zones and areas in the waters around the UK and despite worries that Brexit would weaken the incentive to continue protections it appears that the designations READ MORE

CHART UPDATE: Bluefin listed as “of least concern” by IUCN

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard and is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, and education. IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature READ MORE

Sea Angling Classic Launched

This July will see the televised media invitational launch of a new dynamic high profile boat fishing event; the “Sea Angling Classic”. The event will be based on the South Coast of the UK, at Northney Marina on Hayling Island, using the prolific diverse fishing grounds of the Solent. The Sea Angling Classic is being organised READ MORE

Bluefin tuna: government give go ahead for “citizen science” fishery

A science-based recreational bluefin tuna fishery has been given the green light by Defra.  This news, welcomed by anglers, was secured by Bluefin Tuna UK, with the support of the Angling Trust.   On 23rd April 2021, Cefas and Defra confirmed that an English CatcH And Release Tagging (CHART) program for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna will operate in the waters of the South and West in Autumn 2021.   Steve Murphy READ MORE