No Fishing, until further notice!

24 Mar

Below is a copy of a post on the Angling Trust Facebook page of today’s date.

LET’S BE CLEAR. THE LOCKDOWN MEANS NO FISHING. WE WILL SEEK CLARIFICATION AS TO WHETHER FISHING IS AN ALLOWED FORM OF EXERCISE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT FOR NOW WE CAN’T LEAVE OUR HOMES FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE REASONS STATED BELOW. STAY SAFE

People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

Warming up?

23 Mar

In the magazine “Global Change Biology” a study has examined marine data from 1980 to 2018.

Indicator species” such as barnacles, limpets and snails have apparently moved 250 km north compared to 40 years ago in response to warming seas.

Professor Burrows of the Scottish Association for Marine Science said “Our findings are consistent with what we suspected: throughout the UK we are seeing an increase in species with an affinity to warmer water and a decrease in creatures that prefer colder water”.

Could this have a significant bearing on the decline in Atlantic Salmon running our rivers as they much prefer colder water?

The spannish do things differently!

21 Mar

Having recently returned from a holiday in Spain, I was surprised by our Governments reaction to the threat of Coronavirus and how it differed from the Spanish. In the hotel my wife and I were staying in we woke up last Sunday morning (15th March) to find the pool and the spa taped off and closed. This was quickly followed by the removal of all of the sun beds and sun shades. A note “decree of state of alarm” was then posted in public areas saying that there was a comprehensive ban on all games including mini golf, boules, table tennis and darts would you believe. We were also informed that we could only leave the hotel grounds to go to the supermarket or pharmacy and if we did go then you could only go singularly. Why you may ask? Because it only takes one person to get the shopping, simple really. If by necessity two of you had to go somewhere urgent then you had to go in separate taxis.

So for 4 miserable days we were virtually confined to our balcony while the local “policia” patrolled the promenade outside the hotel on their motorbikes hoping to catch anyone who just fancied going for a walk. And there were a few, usual suspects I suppose showing a stiff upper lip with a touch of the Dunkirk spirit. They were not out long!!

So while this was going on the hotel decided to close and started stripping out and storing everything away. At one stage we began to worry about leaving our room in case the bed went missing when we were out! They did feed us however.

So whats this to do with fishing? Well in the local press three rod anglers were reported to have been caught fishing a local reservoir and for their transgression in breaking the “state of alarm” they were each fined over 600 euros.

The spannish in the main do like to abide by the rules.

These are uncertain times indeed. Stay safe!