A UK-Wide Policy For Sea Angling and Conservation
Give Fish a Chance‘Give Fish a Chance’ (GFAC) provides simple advice on how sea anglers can help contribute to fish conservation through a series of voluntary measures that ensure that no fish are taken before they have the chance to spawn. This is in addition to promoting best practice in all aspects of sea angling.
THIS IS THE RESULT OF NATIONAL SEA ANGLING ORGANISATIONS AND NGOS FROM AROUND THE UK COMING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP COMMON POLICIES REGARDING THE THREATS AND PROBLEMS FACING SEA FISH AND SEA ANGLING AROUND THE WATERS OF THE UK.
In the UK, for many common sea fishes there are no minimum landing sizes, and those that do exist are frequently well below their minimum breeding size, which flies in the face of good sustainable fisheries management. Cod (Gadus morhua), for example, have an EU minimum landing size of just 35 cm, whereas individuals may not become sexually mature until they reach 60 cm.
The Angling Trust is keen to work alongside the Scottish Sea Anglers Conservation Network (SSACN) and the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers (WFSA) to build on their existing good work in sea fish conservation. The Give Fish a Chance policy was consequently conceived in 2009 for this exact purpose. GFAC will include carrying out research projects, campaigning for the restoration of fish stocks and their management for the benefit of all.
We have worked with the SSACN to produce a voluntary minimum landing size advice sheet, which we recommend all anglers follow. These voluntary minimum landing sizes are equal or above the size at which each species reaches sexual maturity, and therefore represent a range of much more sustainable restrictions.
GFAC also recommends anglers to measure fish rather than weigh them, which in most circumstances causes unnecessary damage and may result in fatality. We are therefore working to release length: weight conversion software for all common recreational sea species caught around the UK.
Support for GFAC is open to all clubs, associations, federations and other organisations; several representative bodies from around the UK have already expressed an interest in joining.
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