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Sea Angling in the Solway - Present and Future

August 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

At our meeting with the Scottish Executives Fisheries people, Ian Burrett presented a paper on sea angling in the Solway - Present and Future. The following is a brief summary of it, the full version may found here.

The Solway is blessed with many different geological regions. Because of this it was once a haven for a wide variety of species, unfortunately, the stocks of many have declined to the point where they are now regarded as locally extinct.

Fishing down the foodchain has already make it commercially inviable to trawl for whitefish; the bulk of the commercial activity now revolves around shellfish.

The region faces a major problem in scallop dredgers from outwith the area, in Dec 2004, 31 clam dredgers heavily worked a patch in Luce Bay which is now a 10 sq mile, featureless, fishless desert.

If fishery management objectives aren’t realigned to deliver ‘Best Value’ then a valuable resource will be lost, to recreational and commercial fishermen alike.

Sea anglers should be directly involved in the development of stock management policies and the decision making processes to help ensure the survival of species which are generally not considered as they are of ‘no commercial value’.

A number of “Fishing Centers” could help make the Solway a world class fishing tourist resort. This would require areas to be set aside and developed for the use of recreational angling and traditional non-destructive commercial methods.

Losing the recreational fishery could cost the local economy over £20 M/yr.

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