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  • I would like to say a very big thank you to Alan and his team for showing such willingness to help my two boys learn about fishing. Travis and Bradley attend every week and are having a " brill time" as put by themselves. this scheme has gone above and beyond to help the kids enjoy themselves everytime, So again an extra big thankyou and a pat on the back for all you do, may the scheme grow in the coming years and help many more youngsters, myself and my partner are always here to give a helping hand xxxxxx

    11 years 7 weeks ago

    11 years 9 weeks ago
  • I suggest you contact your ADB regional officer and ask if there is funding available to do a level 1 coaching course which would include a CRB check.
    Your club could begin working towards a Clubmark accreditation.
    Deails on the angling trust website or from me

    11 years 15 weeks ago
  • There is no doubt that becoming involved with angling when I was young diverted me from the anti-social and sometimes destructive behaviour engaged in by others of my age, especially in my teenage years. Knowing that I was interested, older anglers in my area with access to transport would offer to take me fishing with them and teach me more of the sport that fascinated me. This was in the 1960's.

    At a recent meeting of my angling club the assembled members were asked if anyone would volunteer to take a young beginner with them on one of their outings, with the intention of boosting the dwindling number of young people in the club. Several members declared themselves more than happy to do so and some discussion ensued about how this initiative should be organised with much enthusiasm being shown. The whole enterprise was brought to a crashing halt when one member, a teacher, pointed out that in this day and age no-one would be allowed to participate without a full C.R.B. check which would involve some expense and paperwork. The committee is looking into the details of this but it seems that the initiative might be shelved as being too complicated. Meanwhile opportunities are being lost to engage some of our local youth in a worthwhile pursuit that would do wonders for their personal development.

    While it is obviously necessary to safeguard young people, the club is quite capable of monitoring the scheme and vetting the participants on its own. Until we can get rid of unneccesary bureaucracy and overcome the groundless fears that have permeated into modern society it will be increasingly difficult for people like myself and members of my club to pass on the joy and pleasure of the sport that we love to a new generation.

    John Buckingham.

    11 years 17 weeks ago
  • A post further up quoted that we export 75% of our commercial catch, the post just above this one says we import almost 90% of all seafood consumed in the UK, I think it is about time someone gave up the exact figures to clarify what we do and do not import/export. I think the answer is quite simply "STOP EXPORTING" sustain our own country first and foremost. This way the 12000 ish commercials that we have as quoted by somebody else in a previous post could be dramatically reduced to the numbers that are needed to cover the uks demand for all our seafood. The rest of the commercials could very easily be bought out and sunk creating many man made wrecks/reefs for the seas to replenish themselves. The commercials who are bought out could then (if they had any sense that is) take the compensation given and re-invent their business with charter boats, capable of taking the many anglers in the country out to catch what would be a sea full of fish. It does not take einstein to work out why the seas are bare, they know why, and it certainly does not take einstein to work out how to fix the problem. Take a look at the revenue Norway brings in to the country. I'll step down from my soap box now.

    11 years 17 weeks ago
  • Thanks for your comment - I've forwarded this to the specific Assynt research site as you're more likely to get a response from AAG.
    Best, Adam

    11 years 20 weeks ago
  • I visit Sutherland twice every year and have hired boats to fish various lochs using the excellent Assynt Angling Group.I am arriving in a few weeks time for my 2010 visit and am very disappointed to find that the east zone lochs ie.Loch Awe,Ailsh,Veyatie etc.are now managed on behalf of the Group by the Inchnadamph Hotel.This situation is fine if you are staying in that vicinity,but if you are living in Lairg as I do, you encounter miles of travel to pick up keys,drive back the way you came to fish,drive back to the hotel to return the keys,then drive in the opposite direction to get home.
    Come on Assynt Angling group.It makes sense to have a vendor in proximity to angler's accommodation and with petrol prices what they are would avoid all this traval back and forth.I know for a fact many anglers use Lairg as a base surely you can arrange for boats to be hired from a location there? My second visit is booked for later in the year lets hope something is done to resolve this situation.

    11 years 22 weeks ago
  • Thank you very much for the extensive feedback here. I think the points you raise are very important.

    In response to securing the future of angling, the Angling Development Board aims to develop the sport of angling and their approach (available as the Whole Sport Plan on their website) focuses on increasing more general angling opportunities: i.e increasing number of coaches, matches, links with schools and club access- the theory is that such measures will cater for the take up of angling by young people more widely. However because our research mandate is to explore the 'Social and Community Benefits of Angling', we do not have the scope or resources to look at what works and does not in relation to the talking up of angling amongst young people- that would certainly be another research project I would love to be involved in if the resources could be found!

    Our Lottery funding directs our focus towards socially excluded young people, and indeed this is a valuable part of angling's contribution which remains unpublicised when compared to other sports such as football. But while our research aim is to discover and illustrate the benefits young people get from angling rather than how to sustain angling’s future, I do believe that highlighting these benefits will make angling’s case stronger. In addition, we are also launching a young person’s questionnaire this month to explore issues such as access to clubs/fisheries, and why young people chose to go angling that may well shed light on appropriate ways to encourage long term participation.

    Once again, thank you for your comments, getting feedback from members of the angling community is extremely important and it is good to know someone has taken the time to read our work.

    11 years 29 weeks ago
  • I have just finished reading part 2 of the interim report which on the whole I found very useful in terms of identifying the key initiatives for getting young people into angling. However, the report does raise a concern which may or may not be justified.

    There appears to be a lot of emphasis on encouraging those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the socially excluded or those with learning difficulties. Whilst all these initiatives are commendable and worthy causes I wonder if there is an imbalance in coaching effort. For example, if the majority of coaching work is focused on these groups (one coach quoted 90% of his work is with those who have learning difficulties) then what impact does this have for the future of the angling industry and thus the sport overall.

    If there is not a drive to draw in mainstream youngsters who will generate revenue later in life for angling sectors such as tackle retailers, commercial fisheries and angling clubs then the character of the sport will change considerably from what it is today.

    I acknowledge that within the Educational Approach there are the OCN, ASDAN and BTEC routes but I doubt that these have the number of students that the other groups have. I would suggest there also needs to be some effort developing the anglers of the future who will have some spending power.

    So, within your next stage of research would it be possible to look at this aspect and assess the potential demographic impact of a limited focus?
    Perhaps offer some solutions too.

    I suspect some of the problems are:

    Budgets for disadvantaged groups are more available than for ordinary groups.
    Coaches are drawn toward the work, which currently lies within disadvantaged groups.
    In mainstream groups there is greater competition for the youngsters interest in terms of choice of leisure pursuits.
    There is a poor image of the sport that does not attract mainstream groups.

    Just some thoughts.

    11 years 30 weeks ago
  • Some additional info. to inform this interesting dialogue. The Drew study which put RSA expenditure at £538 million was only Eng. & Wales. If one looks at the MFA Stats. for landings by UK boats into Eng & Welsh ports, then subtracts shell fish, pelagics such as blue whiting etc. plus demersals that are of no direct interest to RSA such as, megrim sole, hake, monk etc; the first sale value (the money received by commercial catchers) for all species that are jointly targeted by RSA & commercials is £40 million. I hasten to add that I do not suggest an absolute direct comparison between £538 millon of RSA revenue and £40 million of landings revenue, can be made. I'm not an economist but I do know that the £40 million will be subject to downstream additional values from processing, marketing, packaging etc. That being said; there has to be something fundamentally unsound when cod, bass, flounder, conger, whiting etc. [all species that are targeted by RSA) are managed entirely by a regime [EU Commission, Defra & SFCs] within which there exists a total culteral mindset that perceives the only valid user as commercial fishermen who land £40 million worth annually and the requirements (and RSA management requirements may differ substantially from commercial requirements) of RSA whose revenue stream is £538 million are completely overlooked. I might add that the UK Defra (fisheries) regime costs over £100 million which is not hugely different from the VAT collected from RSA. RSA gets no subsidies whilst 'Net Benefits' (Cabinet Office report) calculated each fisherman is subsidised to the tune of £13000 annually.

    Call me mischievious, but as food for thought, if the first sale value of RSA species landed commercially is £40 million, this includes all up stream costs - capital costs of boats, wages, fuel, maintenance, gear etc. for all these costs CAN only come from the revenue produced from first sale of fish --- the buy out idea does'nt look too silly. Just imagine all targeted fishing for RSA species was stopped and the money required to compensate was ??? say £15 million ?? annually,; even 500,000 sea anglers would only need to find £30 each! Imagine the quality of fishing then?

    What most sea anglers actually want however, is not an end to all commercial fishing for RSA species, but fisheries policies that bring an end to over exploitation, rigorous measures to rebuild depleted stocks and for RSA to play a full and equitable role in the process of formulating fisheries policies and strategies. Not a lot to ask for --- but mean while we're treated as though we dont exist.

    Oh, did I hear someone say we need the UK catching sector to provide protein for consumption? Mmm, we already import almost 90% of all seafood consumed in the UK, more comes from aquaculture so I think we'd survive!

    11 years 34 weeks ago