Forum chairman Juan Turner MLC is seeking new members to give their views on future development of their sport.
Freshwater and sea fishermen are being invited to take part in the Manx Recreational Anglers’ Forum by the government’s Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.
The idea behind the forum is for the island’s anglers to work together to promote, develop and improve recreational angling in the Isle of Man.
The forum also aims to help consultation between government and anglers on any changes proposed for recreational angling.
For example, members of the forum were consulted about the recent Fisheries Bill which aimed to sustain the island’s fish populations.
The forum has also succeeded in getting information boards near harbours, piers and other popular fishing spots showing minimum permitted sizes of fish caught. In addition, the forum approved legislation to increase the minimum landing size for ballan wrasse to 34cm and has been negotiating for improved access to Douglas piers.
Forum chairman Juan Turner MLC said the forum was an important part of the decision-making process.
‘The forum is now well established as the formal consultative body for all decisions affecting recreational angling and it is essential that anglers continue to support this important group to make sure their views are taken into account by the department,’ he said.
The forum was set up by the government in 2009 after the 2007 Angler Customer Survey, when anglers asked for better communication with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Current forum members represent charter boat, shore, river, reservoir and coarse angling, and include representatives of the Isle of Man Fly Fishers, Douglas Angling Club and the Manx Game Fishing Club as well as individual anglers.
Their initial two-year term ends in the spring, so the department wants applications from all anglers interested in working with the Fisheries Directorate to improve and develop recreational angling opportunities in the Isle of Man.
Current forum members are also being encouraged to re-apply.
Full details are on the DEFA Fisheries website at (http://www.gov.im/daff/fish/inland/s_faqs.xml) or contact Fisheries on 685857.
Aspiring forum members should write to the Fisheries Directorate at Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s. IM4 3AS or email email@example.com, stating the angling interests they want to represent.
Written applications must be received by the department by Monday, February 7.