if an angling license would give us some say in the management of our fish stocks then I favour it. For instance, I believe that trawlers should be kept outside of the 3 mile limit/ headlands then there would be a great benefit to anglers and even possibly the trawlers. All we have to examine is the huge mullet catch in Cork harbour recently
. No doubt there was quite a few bass in this catch. There was a trawler netting almost up to the cliffs in W Waterford last year for "pollock"
. Need I say more.
When the cod arrive in the estuary in Waterford they are almost immediately swept up by trawlers and I gather that the same applies to Monkstown wall.
As someone who spends a lot of my time in Dublin I would say to any angler that is not on the E Coast to do a few days fishing there. Pin whiting is all that anglers there can hope for. This is what will eventually happen all around the coast if something isn't done.
It is in anglers interests to cooperate in organising a rod license. However, the money MUST go to protecting angling the the way of proper laws and more fisheries officers. It MUST NOT go into the state coffers. The question of course is whether we can trust the politicians.
I hope that my grandchildren will get a chance to experience good fishing here.
By the way I am not any politically affiliated.
However, I do believe that we need to become a powerful group that can have some influence on government to protect our future angling. If we bury our heads in the sand then the trawler men will win and clear our shores of any fish.