Limits Being Sought On Hobby Fishermen

Scilly’s commercial fishermen are pushing for limits on the amount of seafood that hobbyists can land.

The professionals want a maximum of 2 fish landed daily and just 5 pots each.

The hobbyists want 10 pots.

There’s no current restriction on how much they may land as long as they don’t sell it.

Maritime Officer Steve Watt says a 2 fish daily limit would be considered adequate for personal use.

Steve will meet the hobby fishermen next month to share the opinions expressed in the recent IFCA meeting.

The Council committee hopes to agree a one-year voluntary code of practice. If the code is broken and there’s no agreement they may need to bring in a costly bye-law.


9 Responses to Limits Being Sought On Hobby Fishermen

  1. Josh January 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Now it’s been made clear it is just shellfish in question this makes a lot more sense.

  2. Adam Morton,St.Martins January 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I would like to clear up any missunderstandings that have arisen from the above article .It does refer only to shellfish.Currently there is no restriction of any kind other than observing the minimum landing sizes of fish,however what you do with the fish is restricted inso much as you may not proffit other than for your own consumtion or you may give it to a friend,but not receive any payment of any kind.
    This has come about as the goverment asks commercial fishermen to consider what restrictions they will put in place on the ammount of gear should it become necessary.whilst we have to concider our restrictions it seems only fair that hobby fishermen share in this.All of us “commercial fishermen have had to purchase a licence costing usually between £3000-30,000 depending on boat size & engine power.Should the hobby fisherman wish he may also purchase a licence and and be restricted to the quotas handed out by the goverment.I personally was not in favour of restricting the catch only the pot numbers as we all know fishing is very hit and miss and its also very hard to inforce .It is difficult as many at the meeting expressed the wish not to discourage youngsters from entering the industry where the age average is extremly high but at the same time restrict those that are taking the pi**.

  3. Simon January 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I think that this article is misleading. When it says “Fish”, it is referring to Shellfish caught in pots. But it doesn’t make that clear. I also think that it is producing reactions within the community that aren’t needed, purely because it doesn’t define clearly what needs to be.

    No one is stopping the charters or rod fishermen, or even limiting them. It is purely down to Shellfish from pots which have proliferated over the last few years.

  4. Graham Coad January 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

    …What next, Scilly farmers requesting a limit to the amount of fruit and veg scillonian gardeners can produce in their own gardens? Perhaps six potatoes and two carrots limit per day, for personal use only?

    Maybe the professional photographers will want to limit the amount of photos amatueurs can take per day?

  5. Graham Coad January 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Whoa…Do the local boats that act as charter vessels for parties of sea anglers count as “Commercial” or “Hobby”??
    I think it’s a bit weird that, on Scilly, commercial fishermen are complaining about competition from ‘hobby’ fishing, when in the rest of the world the ‘hobby’ fishermen complain quite rightly about the overfishing by commercial interests, that have obliterated stocks in some areas.

  6. Chris Peat January 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I assume this just means shellfish as as far as I am aware there is no local commercial interest in mackerel, pollock or codling?

  7. Jason December 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I look forward with relish, to the time when I have to go fishing three days running, to put a mackerel on the plate of each member of my family!

  8. Josh December 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    This would make it completely pointless to go out fishing to catch a meal for the family! It’s like telling people they can only make their dinner 2 nights a week and the rest they have to buy from a restaurant….

  9. Phil December 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    When referring to ‘fish’, does this apply equally to lobsters, crabs and mackerel?