NFSA PRESS STATEMENT
The Sea Angling Sector put its case to Government officials in the South West
The NFSA (Wyvern Division) and BASS in conjunction with the Government Office South West, hosted a workshop on Jan 15 at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, to present the case for the promotion and development of sea angling in the region.
The aim was to promote the optimal use of fish stocks for sustainable economic value to the South West economy.
Recent studies confirm that the economic impacts from recreational angling exceed that of commercial fishing and that much of the trickle down expenditure contributes significantly to tourism, and yet policy makers have not woken up to the potential.
Examples of successful sport fishing development were highlighted from around the globe and included examples from as close as
Two consultants specialising in fisheries management and economics were flown in from the
The workshop attracted many with an interest in the economy of the South West and included representatives from The Department Environment Food & Rural Affairs, The Department of Culture Media and Sport, The Environment Agency, Sport England, The South West Regional Development Agency, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, South West Fish Producers, British Marine Federation, and Tourism.
The workshop was chaired by John Leballeur of BASS, and included five presentations, the first of which by NFSA Development Officer David Rowe, explained “Who sea anglers were, and their objectives”. This was followed by “Why the opportunities had not been realised” by Malcolm Gilbert, NFSA Fisheries Rep. & BASS European Liaison Officer.
They stressed the key to success was sound fisheries management and demonstrated how sea angling participation levels and the consequential economic impacts, were directly related to fish stock abundance.
Andrew Syvret, a fisheries consultant based in
Russell Weston of Snowbee, a fishing tackle company based in
The final presentation focussed on “What can be done”, so that the South West can capitalise on its multi species fish stock resources, many of particular interest to anglers.
During a question and answer session the consensus view was that dialogue between the angling sector and the policy makers should be maintained.
Improved recognition of the economic impact from the angling sector together with restoration of those fish stocks that are of direct interest to sea angling are essential if the potential is to be realised.