Modern management to improve the valuable recreational sea angling industry in
Steve Coppolo, a prominent local angler from Great Horkesley,
said the needs of sea anglers who were boosting tourism in the area, must be recognised as well as those of commercial fishermen.
“Sea anglers want to be able to catch more and bigger fish. They don’t want to compete with miles and miles of gillnet. They want to fish where they can catch a decent size fish.
“If they’re spending £30, £40 or £50 on a fishing trip they don’t want to be
going catching tiddlers that have managed to squeeze through gillnets.”
If present day fisheries management continues the commercial industry “will
fish itself into oblivion,” Mr. Coppolo told Talksport radio. Fishing fleets
were getting small because of fuel prices, not enough fish to catch and poor
prices for what was caught.
“We won’t have a commercial fishing industry. It will just be foreign boats
coming in and fishing up to our beaches.”
A plan by Mr. Coppolo and two other local anglers Tom Pinborough and Bob Cox, to encourage recreational angling in the estuaries of the
It was rejected in January this year but recent recognition of the importance
of sea angling to coastal economies enabled local anglers to get it back onto the agenda.
A report by the prime minister’s strategy unit stated that sea anglers in
brought the importance of the sport into sharp focus.
The plan for the
the area covered by the Eastern England Tourist Board spend about £55 million a year.
More is spent by visitors to the estuaries which have gained an enviable
reputation as two of the finest sea angling places in eastern