Maggot Times - October 2003
THE cost of a fishing licence is set to rise £1 to £22 in April. Concessionary licences will cost £11.50 from April 1st, with the price of a junior licence for those 12 to 16 staying static at £5. Salmon licences will be £62 for the year.
Reported by Dirk Williams: Last weekend I had the privilege to witness some of the most spectacular fishing performances I have ever seen, by Englandís top disabled match anglers, in the form of Team England and eight other countries at the World Disabled Championships in Italy. The venue was: Lake Borghese at Monsummano in Tuscany. This Man made 5acre Lake was Square with a huge Island splitting the lake into two halves. The England team comprised of...... the full report can be read here: http://www.maggotdrowning.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9330
Shadow Minister for the Countryside James Gray made a series of policy announcements on angling issues at the Countryside Alliance fringe meeting at the Conservative Conference in Blackpool. Mr. Gray said that during the development of their manifesto for the next election the Conservatives would consult on compulsory use of barbless hooks in some disciplines and simpler licensing for cormorant control. He also reiterated proposals to scrap rod licences adding that this would include a commitment to match current licence funding to the Environment Agency. Charles Jardine, Director of the Campaign for Angling, said: "The Alliance remains unconvinced that anglers and water quality would benefit from scrapping the rod licence in the long term but welcomes the commitment to maintain current Environment Agency funding. We feel that removing the licence for young people, the disabled and OAPs would better remove barriers to involvement in angling without breaking the link between anglers and environmental funding. "We welcome proposals to consult on barbless hooks and will seek to base our response on the best available evidence. "The Alliance also fully supports the simplification of procedures for culling cormorants in the many areas where they are threatening the sustainability of fisheries".
As reported from Castle Howard: It is with regret that Castle Howard has decided to close the fishery on the Great Lake with immediate effect. The quality of the fishing has deteriorated in recent years largely due to the presence of predatory birds such as cormorant and goosander. Despite a recent report commissioned by the Environment Agency it has not been possible to find a viable solution to reverse the problem of declining fish stocks on this water. Sadly it is no longer possible to operate a commercial fishery on the Great Lake. The public are still welcome to use the Lakeside path as a permissive path, however, dogs are not allowed. For further information, please contact: Duncan Peake, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648444.
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