Thursday, October 26, 2006
Out on a Patrol Launch.
After today's EPC Committee meeting in Colwyn Bay, Brynle and I took a trip, courtesy of the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee on the fisheries patrol launch moored at Conwy Marina. It was blowing a gale and I felt a bit queezy just climbing on board. This one patrol launch covers the 6 mile wide stretch from Cardigan to Barrow. This is not adaquate coverage for such a great area. It seems that the main problem now is that the 'registered' commercial fishermen are becoming 'hobby' fishermen - and coming home with a boatful of bass at the weekend, entirely legally and unregulated. The trip brought home to me what a horlicks we make of managing our seas - no disrespect to our hosts for the day who impressed both of us. Britain needs a Marine Bill - and soon. Both Brynle and I survived.