Many fisheries managers have expressed concerns about the viability of their businesses and the welfare of their fish stocks as a result of restrictions caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. In a guest blog for the Angling Trust’s Lines On The Water, Paul Coulson of the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) offers some important advice for fisheries that have closed their doors during the pandemic.

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  1. I LIVE IN THE CANTERBURY AREA SWALECLIFFE TO BE PRECISE AND IF I COULD BE OF ANY HELP TO A FISHERY OR FISHERIES CLOSE TO ME WHILST THIS VERY DEMANDING PERIOD IS IN PLACE I WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED. OBVIOUSLY WITH THE RIGHT DOCUMENTATION AND PERMISSIONS IN PLACE TO DO SO FROM YOURSELVES OR GOVERNMENT WHATEVER IT NEEDS. IN THIS AREA IN THE FUTURE I WOULD LIKE TO BE IN A POSITION TO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY BUT ONLY STAYING LOCAL I LOVE FISHING AND THE PEOPLE WHO FISH ARE MAINLY GENUINE NICE PEOPLE SO PLEASE IF POSSIBLE IF U HAVE ANY INFO WHO I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH TO APPLY FOR A POSITION I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY FEEDBACK THANKS.
    KEEP SAFE AND BEST WISHES
    TERRY BOYLING

    1. Terry, Angling clubs usually use their members as volunteers to help with fishery management. Commercial fisheries, you would have to apply direct to. Because of GDPR restrictions we can’t share our database information with you, however a simple google search should get you the details of most of the commercial fisheries near you. One thing I would advise if you want to work in the industry is to look at doing some of the courses that are on offer by the Institute of Fisheries Managers. https://ifm.org.uk/events/event/ifm-training-offer/ The IFM may be able to offer further support and put you in touch with a fishery that would be willing to take you on as a volunteer.

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