Category: Sea Fishing News

Recreational Bluefin Tuna Fishery Consultation Launched

Defra has launched a consultation on  ‘Permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of bluefin tuna in UK waters’. The consultation is open until 4th September 2023. You can view the consultation here: This is the next step in the development of policy options regarding the establishment of a Catch and Release Recreational Fishery (CRRF). Last year’s consultation on […]

Southern North Sea and Eastern Channel Mixed Flatfish Fisheries Management Plan Consultation Opens

Monday 17th July the Southern North Sea and Eastern Channel Mixed Flatfish Fisheries Management Plan consultation has opened for 12-weeks. The consultation closes on 1st October 2023. As the Angling Trust understand it, there will be two opportunities to respond: online consultation via Citizen Space, and in-person via a Defra roadshow (details still to be announced). You […]

Angling Trust launches ‘Fishing for Good’ 5-year plan

The Angling Trust has launched its vision for fishing and the environment in its five-year strategic plan, Fishing for Good 2023-28. Through the pillars of campaigning, participation, competitions and supporting grass roots clubs and fisheries, the report outlines how the Angling Trust will play a leading role in achieving key goals that will enrich and […]

International Game Fish Association Launches Pioneering Billfish Research and Conservation Endowment Campaign

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), a global leader in game fish conservation, is proud to announce the launch of its Billfish Research and Conservation Endowment Campaign, an ambitious initiative focused on ensuring the future of these iconic species. The unparalleled initiative will provide long-term funding solutions that support studies that augment data on billfish […]

England’s first national Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code launches to help people enjoy the coast responsibly

• First national Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code launches in England to help protect animals and habitats • The code encourages those visiting our unique coastlines to do so in a way which also protects our marine wildlife such as seals, seabirds and dolphins • The code was developed in collaboration with Whale and Dolphin […]

International Game Fish Association Launches New World Record Length Category for Kids

Young anglers have a new chance to catch and release IGFA World Records The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), a global conservation non-profit that manages world records for all game fish species worldwide, recently debuted a new category for junior anglers to compete in World Record fishing. Beginning March 1, 2023, the new IGFA All-Tackle […]

Coastal communities to receive funding for recreational sea fishing

Up to £1 million has been made available for coastal communities across the UK to invest in new and improved infrastructure for recreational sea fishing. From today (27 March), eligible applicants will be able to bid for between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects to upgrade recreational fishing facilities, reduce carbon emissions, support the protection and […]

Five new marine protected areas under consideration

A public consultation is underway to consider introducing five candidate highly protected marine areas (HPMAs). The consultation will run until the 28th of September 2022. It can be found here: The proposed sites include two inshore sites – Allonby Bay and off the coast of Lindisfarne – and three offshore sites – two in […]

New British shore caught Tope and Ling records confirmed

Two shore-caught fish confirmed as records The British Record Fish Committee met remotely via online meeting facility on 9th June 2022. Present were: Mr M Heylin OBE, Chairman Dr Phill Williams, Marine Specialist Mr David Craig, Ireland Representative Mr Andrew Nellist, Freshwater Specialist Mr Mat Mander, Marine Specialist Capt. Stephen Mardlin RN, Freshwater Specialist The […]

National Fishing Month is back for 2022!

This year, National Fishing Month will look to celebrate all forms of angling, spreading awareness of all the benefits that angling can bring to people that have never tried it before. This is your opportunity to get behind the campaign and help introduce new people into fishing or help get people back into the sport. […]