Challenge Jersey States Fisheries Proposals

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Jersey States Fisheries have proposed sweeping changes to bag limits, sizes and 'Liberating stock for commercial benefit', at our expense, the public. A document has come forward that will restrict, the amount of bait you can dig, collect, retain and carry. Things like green crabs, cockles, winkles, squid, flatfish, prawns and many many more will all come under the bag limit mechanism (the one that was used to set bass at zero), not for conservation, but to free resources for commercial gain and to make a so called BREXIT transition easier not for the people of Jersey, but for the commercial sector and public money is being spent to secure this, OUR money! Jersey is NOT in the UK and Jersey is not in the EU. Remember that.

They want to stop you, collecting enough food, to share with family, friends or neighbours, they want to disable the 'ability' to sell your catch from the shore (not breaking any current laws). Lobster we were told time and again, is at an all time high yield, yet, they want to impose restriction on centuries old crofting and foraging practices, again, with no root in conservation, but simply to free resource for commercial gain on what is, a 'common resource'. It does not belong to them, (commercials) and a licence is granted to land and sell fish caught from a boat. If arguments are made for conservation as was the case with bass, we are all ears, but razorfish, limpets, squid, worms? Really? All would have size and possession limits if fisheries do this.

Are we to leave these changes unchallenged, just to benefit commercial gain over sustainability and conservation? We say no.




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