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No sea angling licence in England

Update :: In a written answer to a question (S3W-10898) by John Scott MSP (Con), Mr Lochhead stated "There are currently no plans to introduce rod licences".

Westminster today abandoned its current plans to introduce sea angling licences.

A provision enabling licences to be imposed has been withdrawn from the UK Government’s Marine Bill due to be published shortly. The news came in a written parliamentary answer to Martin Salter (Labour, Reading West) from the fisheries minister, Jonathan Shaw.

Mr. Salter who is the Labour spokesman for angling, said that he remained committed to the principle of a rod licence for all forms of recreational fishing but added:

"Let’s first get in place the conservation measures necessary to stop the over exploitation by the commercial sector and give Britain’s sea anglers a chance of a decent days sport before we ask them to pay to catch fish that might not be there."

A sentiment Mr Lochhead would do well to echo, but more importantly, he should take the next step by working with us to develop and introduce practical solutions which will help ensure we get the ‘Best Value’ from our fisheries.

The Welsh Assembly have already announced they had no plans to introduce such a licence.

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