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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna CHART Programme Goes from Strength to Strength
We're almost at the halfway in the inaugural season of the UK Atlantic Bluefin Tuna CHART programme. Going into week 6 and the season is going from strength to strength. Over 100 fishing trips have now taken place with over 50 fish being tagged from the 15 authorised vessels within the fleet. Best of luck to all skippers and anglers involved for the rest of the season.
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Virtual Sea Angling Forums – The Story So Far
The interest in our virtual forums on YouTube continues to grow with more than 1750 viewings across all events since we started recording them earlier this year. This coupled with more than 800 total attendees to the actual events show just how interested sea anglers are in the issues we have been covering.
Our next IFCA forum is on Thursday 23rd September at 7pm when our guest will be Chief Officer David McCandless from the North-Eastern IFCA.
he North Eastern IFCA. You can register for the event using the button below.
We are developing ideas on our shark theme and hoping to cover tope angling later in the year as well as getting updates on some of our other shark-related work.
What would you like to see us cover in a future sea forum? Tell us by emailing our Marine Coordinator, Nevin Hunter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More on Sea Angling Forums
North Eastern IFCA Forum
23rd September 2021
Register for Tope Forum with Dr. James Thorburn
7th October 2021
Success at Shoreham Family Fishing Day
Another successful family fishing day, sponsored by the Angling Trust, was held on Sunday 12th September and had involvement from several angling clubs, including South Coast Angling Club, Trident Sea Anglers and Southwick Deep Sea Anglers, alongside charter boat New Dawn with skipper Neville Blake. Special thanks to Brett Lomas of Lagoon Bait who donated a tray of worms for the event and to Shoreham Port who provided the venue and hired the toilet facilities.
Reg Phillips, Angling Trust Marine Advisory Group member, said "Sixty members of the local community registered to take part in the family fishing day held in Shoreham Port. The weather was perfect on the day for fishing along the North bank and for the mackerel trips out on the charter boat 'New Dawn'. It is so rewarding to be part of an effort made by anglers, local clubs and charter skippers to work together and put on these events each year for the wider community. Special thanks has to go to Shoreham Port for providing the excellent facilities to stage these events, Neville Blake skipper of New Dawn for taking families out mackerel fishing. Also to the South Coast Angling Club, Trident Sea Anglers and the Southwick Deep Sea Anglers who sent members along to help run this event. If other clubs want to get involved in staging similar events in Sussex they can contact me by email at email@example.com."
Angling Trust Supports Greenpeace UK Campaign Against Industrial Fishing
The Angling Trust are supporting a Greenpeace campaign calling on the UK government to take immediate and urgent action to protect coastal livelihoods and the health of our oceans. Industrial fishing vessels like supertrawlers and fly-shooters have immense catching capacity and are pushing marine ecosystems and fish populations to the brink of collapse, leaving local fishermen and anglers with nothing left to catch. Greenpeace will be organising a flotilla of vessels all calling for action from government on Wednesday 22nd September. If you would like to take part please get in contact with Angling Trust's Policy & Advocacy Manager, Hannah Rudd, for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fisheries and Seafood Scheme Funding Open
There is an exciting future ahead for sea angling in England and Wales. As a result of the Fisheries Act 2020, and sea anglers now having a voice in UK fisheries management, the sea angling community can access government funding through the newly-launched Fisheries and Seafood Scheme. The Angling Trust's vision is that in the years to come there will be both more and bigger fish for us to catch, and a vibrant sport for us all to enjoy. To deliver this vision we will inject greater impetus and resource into developing sea angling participation and representation, and will also be submitting bids to the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme to support our vision for sea angling.
Fish of the Month: Tope
Tope are renowned for their fighting power and can be targeted via boat fishing but in recent years have been increasingly caught off of beaches around the coastline. Feeding along the seabed most often they will take flounder, pouting, whiting and dabs, occasionally though taking mackerel and herring in mid-water. Breeding in late Winter and Spring they are best targeted in other seasons, though they will be caught year- round. As powerful fish Tope need strong tackle used when being targeted and suggested rigs should have protection against their sharp teeth and rough skin.
In all cases we recommend that when caught fish are unhooked as quickly as possible, handled correctly and returned to the sea safely. During some of our Shark-themed forums anglers have asked us to cover Tope and we will be in the forum in October outlined in this newsletter. Why not register and join us online to share your experiences of angling for these great fish.
Shark Hub UK: Advocating Best Practice Shark Handling
For the future of the sport to thrive it is imperative that there are healthy shark populations, and we must play our role in ensuring this as environmental stewards by following best-practice guidelines. Both the Angling Trust and Shark Hub UK are proud advocates of adhering to best practice handling to ensure the chances of post-release mortality is reduced.
Shark Handling Guides
Anglers Against Pollution
All rivers lead to the sea and it’s no secret that our marine and coastal environments are suffocating in pollution. From plastics to raw sewage, pollution is having detrimental impacts on our fish, environment and health. You can take action today by signing our petition and sharing your photos of marine pollution online by using the hashtag #anglersagainstpollution and tagging us on social media. You can even go one step further and show your support by wearing an Anglers Against Pollution t-shirt with profits going to support the campaign.
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Stay Safe - And Enjoy Your Fishing
As Covid restrictions continue to ease across the UK please ensure you are following the rules whilst enjoying your fishing. We all have a duty to abide by the rules in place to save lives and protect the NHS. For further guidance on fishing during the pandemic visit our website:
Covid-19 Support Hub
Information about fishing in Wales can be found on the Fishing In Wales website
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