??Irish angling journalist Ashley Hayden shares the concerns of many regarding the levels of current fish stocks. In this feature he examines the politics surrounding the European bass.
“The Bountiful Ocean” are words used by poets, artists, early mariners, fisher folk and even scientists once upon a time. Advancements in fisheries science have highlighted the fact that we are often under misconceptions about what we catch and how many there are out there.
Smoothhounds are one of the few species which are showing an increase in numbers in north European waters, probably due to the lack of commercial pressure and the widely establish practice of catch and release from the angling perspective.
A commercial diver in Russia got himself into a dire predicament when he inexplicably stuck his hand into the mouth of an anglerfish or monkfish. The fish has a row of sharp teeth on both sides of its mouth, and it clamped down on the diver’s hand like a bear foot trap, not letting go.
Size limits for anglers have long been a contentious issue and at times, the myriad different lists can be confusing.