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Change in BRFC rules required

Nov 5th, 2010 | By editor | Category: Other Organisations

Update :: there’s a terrific article regarding this on Phill William’s site at http://www.fishingfilmsandfacts.co.uk/rfr21c.asp

Following last week’s launch of Angling Times’ Save Our Sea Records campaign, the drive to get the British Record Fish Committee to change its rules has gathered pace, with a number of high-profile names joining its ever-growing list of supporters.

The aim of the campaign is simple. To get the BRFC to change its rules which effectively encourage the slaughter of potential boat-caught record fish while at the same time preventing anglers who catch a genuine record fish and refuse to kill it from getting their name into the history books.

With alternative methods of detailing a fish’s weight having been adopted by other bodies, such as the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers who record all the official Welsh sea records, Angling Times feels there is no longer any excuse for the rules to remain in their current form, a stance echoed by a large majority of the angling community.

Respected specimen angler, Martin Bowler, is firmly behind the campaign, saying “Using measurements as an alternative to weighing on shore is not perfect, but people need to accept that it’s a much better scenario than having important fish strung up for someone to claim a record, it’s just a terrible image for angling.”

When asked about the issue and the AT campaign, BRFC committee member Mike Heylin said: “The sea angling community needs to recognise that the BRFC protects its independence very carefully and will not take orders from anyone, so as to avoid influence over its decisions on records.

“The issue has been discussed by the committee in two previous meetings and the BRFC chairman and myself have both now asked for it to be raised again at our next meeting with a view to reaching a formal decision suitable for the 21st century.”

More on the Sea Angler website.

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