The first experimental Fishery Action Plans (FAPs) have been published, in what has generally been regarded as a successful exercise.
The first experimental Fishery Action Plans (FAPs) have been published, in what has generally been regarded as a successful exercise. Funding restraints mean that it is unlikely FAPs will be based on individual river systems, but rather on an area basis. However, this is again an opportunity for local influence in fisheries management, and will allow S&TA Branch members a say in how their own waters are conserved and improved. We have formed a liaison committee with the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC) and will work closely with them in monitoring the FAPs process.
UPDATE 24/04/02 – A meeting took place at Bristol on April 22nd between the Environment Agency (EA) and the Moran sub committee on (FAPs). The Moran Committee have campaigned for fisheries management to be handled within a national FAP framework, thereby allowing local fisheries interests to have a say in decision making which will affect their particular waters.
The meeting was very successful and, although a full report is not possible just yet, it was agreed that a pilot scheme be put in process for a small number of river catchment FAPs, thereby testing how well fishery interests can work with other conservation bodies and the EA to produce plans covering local management issues.
We will update you as this process unfolds. In the meantime, the meeting was yet another example of how the EA have shown a greater willingness recently to consult closely with fisheries interests, and to adopt at least some of our ideas. Long may this continue!