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Anglers get their say on protected areas.

SEA anglers have a chance to influence decision making on marine protected areas and to help ensure the values of anglers are taken into account by taking part in an online survey that runs until January 5. The UK, Scottish and Welsh governments have set out plans for a range of new marine protected areas to increase protection of marine environment and the species that live there and this will mean no fishing or diving in the selected areas.

Consultation on 127 proposed protected areas for England, where the fishing ban will apply, will begin in March.

The project is led by Aberdeen University, with the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers a voluntary partner along with the Angling Trust, the British Sub-Aqua Club and the Marine Conservation Society.

The work is co-funded by Defra and the Welsh Government in recognition that more information is needed on the range of benefits and values associated with marine environments, especially more intangible cultural benefits such as well being, inspirational and aesthetic values.

Every sea angler should go to and express an opinion because it could be your favourite place to fish that is being considered.

Alan Jones, from Penygraig, collected a PS50 Christmas box for winning the Penygraig SAC Christmas competition with a pair of whiting weighing 660gm.

Two members from Thomastown were on his heels.

Jason Lewis took the PS30 second prize with a rockling and a whiting for 620gm and also won the PS25 tackle voucher donated by Fishing World of Tonyrefail for the heaviest fish, while Gary Phillips dropped in at third place with a 420gm whiting.

Eight fish with a total weight of 2.14kg gave Gary Thomas the narrowest of wins in the Gwent and District SAC roving competition because Ken Shove, from Cwmbran, put four fish on the scales to weigh 2.13kg.

Cardiff member Keith Skipper finished in third with four fish and 1.24kg.

The Newport and District Sea Anglers local area roving competition suffered from terrible weather and a lack of fish.

Tony Hart managed to find a winning 200gm flounder and Granville Thomas chipped in an eel of 160gm; but for everyone else it was a soaking for nothing.

The club's last competition this year is from 6pm to 9.30pm on Saturday evening at Goldcliff.


Chris Murphy with the 32lb 4oz pike that took sweetcorn bait when he was fishing for carp and bream in a Newport AA match at Woodstock Pond
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 28, 2012
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