COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: APRIL 2020
ANGLING TRUST SAYS NO ANGLING DURING LOCKDOWN.
Hants & IW police say no recreational boating. See below on this page.
30-3-20: For new Angling Trust web site page just for marine see (click on):-
Additionally a new AT web site introduced to keep anglers and their families entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown and help relieve some of the stress and worries we’re all experiencing right now. (click on):-
|20-3-20: Southern IFCA proposed inshore netting control|
|20-3-20: Hand working permits DSIFCA|
|25-3-20: IW committee AGM was set for 21-4-2020 but is now postponed due to current government restrictions. New date will be advised once circumstances allow.||See below on this page|
18-12-19: BASS: In 2020 sea anglers will have their bag limit increased from 1 fish per day per person to 2 fish and the open season will be increased from 7 months to 9 months (1 March to 30 November).
20-11-19: AT is seeking comments on proposed amendments to its list of target weights for its annual specimen award scheme. Secretaries of affiliated clubs on the IW have been contacted seeking their club's views on suggested changes appropriate to just our local area.
13-12-19: still awaiting responses from Ventnor & Totland clubs.
|A local sea angling forum was held on
Thursday 21st November 2019 in Portsmouth. It was open to all, not just AT members & was well attended by 30-40 people.
See this link IW & Wessex Sea Angling Forum
A further forum is being planned for the new year 2020 here on the IW at Ryde.
6-9-19: URGENT APPEAL: The IW division of AT is urgently seeking a volunteer or volunteers to take on the roles of division chairman and division secretary as the current officer is no longer willing to stand. Without such volunteers coming forward, there has been a suggestion that it be proposed that the IW division be wound up. Please support your local division by coming forward. If you don't have the personal email address of an officer then please use the send a message function under the contact us page.
14-10-19: An alternative proposed by AT is for the IW to merge with the Wessex division.
11-12-19: See lots of info about the current Bass situation & new campaign by clicking here:-
|27-4-18: 2018 AGM: SEE BELOW|
28-8-17: Received preliminary report that IW boat record for Gilt Head Bream has been broken with a fish of 5 lbs plus. Subject to confirmation & further details
Now confirmed. Will Merwood 5lbs 1/2 oz
|12-8-17: Live Wrasse Commercial Fishery: Angling Trust Campaign|
The costs of running this website have so far been met by Antony Stanyon out of his own pocket and for that we should all be very grateful. Irrespective of any possible changes to how the IW Marine Committee functions, it is intended to continue using this web site as a means of providing a source of information specifically for IW based sea anglers. With Antony’s retirement on the horizon, future funding options may well need to be considered at some point.
COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: APRIL 2020: Message from Hants & IW Police:-
Dear harbour colleagues
We have now received several enquiries from our partners in Harbourmaster offices around the 2 counties in relation to messaging and engagement with the general public on the issue of recreational water activity during the COVID-19 lockdown. You’ll appreciate that this is an incredibly delicate issue due to the draconian nature of the legislation and the potential to damage public relationships during an unprecedented and challenging time. I have approached our Force Silver commander to outline all of our concerns and request an official Hampshire Constabulary standpoint to pass to you all and he has returned the following text in black:-
We would like to support your efforts to minimise unnecessary recreational activity since the government’s ‘stay at home’ announcement. We will be engaging with those using our waters and will be ready to support you in taking action against anyone found doing so unnecessarily.
Here is some suggested messaging for you to consider using:
We are reminding the public that going out on the water rarely fits into the four criteria for being out and about.
Just because you’re at sea does not mean there’s no risk - for the majority, you still have to travel to and from your launch and recovery location and many will have to move through marinas and other public areas in the process.
Every vessel that gets into trouble causes unnecessary contact with waterborne emergency rescue agencies and takes them away from the rise in medical issues on essential commercial vessels.
For your information only at this time, in addition to the localised rule flouting, we are becoming growingly concerned about the potential for foreign visitors to enter the country on recreational craft using your harbours with little if any monitoring which not only presents an added infection risk, but may also involve higher levels of serious and organised crime prompted by the restricted enforcement presence on the water.
First and foremost, please keep yourselves safe and adhere to the guidance in terms of social distancing, particularly where you are dealing with foreign nationals or people you suspect may be carrying the virus. We have the added advantage on water of retaining safety gaps so ensure your staff are appropriately briefed. Our team are on standby to support a large range of specialist land-based functions if things worsen but we can still get out on the water and support you – if you have issues and people are refusing to comply with the new legislation we need to know so that I can raise the issue with our commanders and request that we consider a graduated response to provide a physical level of support to you.
Matthew Gransden| T/Sergeant | Joint Operations Unit | Marine Support Unit
+ Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police, Inkerman Building, Southern Support HQ, Hamble Lane, Netley. SO31 4TS. (DDI: 101
|25-2-2020: John Rackett had arranged for an AGM of the IW division for Tuesday 21st April 2020 but this is now postponed due to current government restrictions. A new date will be advised once circumstances allow.|
WHAT IS A 'MARINE REGION'? Marine Regions help clubs and organisations in their area run Family Fishing days, organise competitions, liaise with local Inshore Fishery & Conservation Authorities, advise the Angling Trust on sea angling policies, and much more. There are four active Marine regions: Wyvern (Devon & Severn), Wessex (Dorset & Hampshire), the Isle of Wight, and Sussex but we plan to cover the whole of England as soon as possible.
IW Angling trust marine committe AGM
held on 16th APRIL 2018
At 7.30 pm, President, Richard Russell, convened the AGM with Alan Deeming taking notes.
1. Attendance See attendance list.
2. Apologies received from Andrew Wenden.
3. Minutes of the 2017 Meeting were read out, approved by attendees & signed by Richard Russell.
4. Matters Arising: None raised
5. Treasurer George Bernowicz issued the audited Statement of Accounts for the period from the 2017 AGM and pointed out that they were £85.99 down but still in good financial health as shown. Mike Richardson had audited the paperwork to confirm. There had been no income at all, bearing in mind that the only source of income for the period between 2014 & the 2017 AGM had been the profit from one open competition & no such competition had been run during the remainder of 2017.
Alan Deeming asked if paying the annual membership fee for Solent Forum remained acceptable & the meeting agreed that it was.
Proposed by Alan Deeming & seconded by Cliff Williams that the accounts be formally adopted. Approved by all present.
George requested approval to continue with Mike Richardson as accounts auditor & this was agreed.
6. Records Officer George Bernowicz reported that one new record claim had been approved:
Gilt Head Bream (Boat) 5lbs 0½ ozs Will Merwood
7. Competitions. In the absence of the competition secretary, it was reported that no IW divisional open competition had been organised during 2017. Alan Deeming asked if it was likely that any affiliated Island club would be interested in running an IW div of AT open beach comp, possibly in conjunction with one of their own. Those present felt that, given the diminishing interest in club competitions, it was unlikely that any club would be interested.
9. Election of Officers
President: George Bernowicz proposed Richard Russell for president & this was seconded by Alan Deeming. Carried unanimously.
Richard Russell observed that there were no eligible attendees other than the officers who had been elected at the previous AGM & he therefore suggested that all be elected again en bloc.
Alan Deeming advised that Andrew Wenden had informed him that he was no longer able to take any official role on the committee.
Alan also advised that he had no knowledge as to if Kevin Basham wished to remain as competition secretary. The attendees felt that there was no point in electing a competition secretary if no divisional competition was envisaged.
With the above exceptions, the attendees approved the en bloc re-election of officers as follows:-
Chairman: John Rackett See contact us page
Secretary: John Rackett See contact us page
Treasurer: George Bernowicz See contact us page
Records Officer: George Bernowicz See contact us page
Competition Secretary: Not appointed (Volunteer to organise a comp very welcome.)
Publicity Officer/AT Web links: Antony Stanyon See contact us page
Delegates to national committees & other bodies: Alan Deeming See contact us page
10. Alan Deeming gave briefing on his various involvements on behalf of IW anglers plus various matters of interest including Bass restrictions, Brexit, inshore netting, loss of angling access to East Cowes sea front, closure of only practical public slipway in East Cowes & ongoing possible threat to local wrasse stocks. (For full details please see under "Our Work" "Other")
President, Richard Russell thanked Alan for his efforts & asked if Alan knew if anyone from the Wessex div was equally active. Alan responded that the Angling Liaison group set up by Southern IFCA that he attends has several representatives from the Wessex div.
George Bernowicz queried if Southern IFCA officers regularly patrol the Island & if they paid particular attention to illegal taking of undersized Bass such as from Ryde pier. Alan responded that they do indeed patrol the Island but they direct their limited resources according to a risk based plan. They do not supply a “blue light” service but any reports of suspected illegal activity should be reported to their office. Such reports allow them to get a picture of trends in illegal activities & allows them to make plans to address such activities if they are deemed to be significant
Ray Gough, representing VBFC, said that there were no notices on Ryde pier showing fish minimum size limits nor were there any relating to Bass restrictions. He also queried where the boundaries are for the area of Ryde sands where bait collection is prohibited. Alan deeming responded with a verbal description of where the late Tony Williams had obtained a concession allowing bait collection immediately in front of the hovercraft terminal. Alan also undertook to convey to Southern IFCA officers the other points raised.
Post meeting note: A chart of the restricted bait gathering area on Ryde sands was subsequently forwarded by Alan Deeming to the president of VBFC, Tim Wakely. Alan also received a response from SIFCA saying that they would note the information supplied & would be hoping to provide suitable notices on Ryde pier. They also intended visiting the local tackle shop in Ryde plus would look to arrange for an officer to meet with VBFC.
Cliff Williams reported a rumour that AT was intending to reduce support for RSA & asked if Alan Deeming had any information on this. Alan responded that he had no knowledge of this but would investigate through his AT official contacts.
Post meeting note: Alan Deeming received a categorical denial from the AT chief campaigns co-ordinator plus a similar denial from an AT board member, of any intention to reduce support for RSA. Indeed, they pointed out that support has increased recently as the result of the appointment of an additional AT employee. It should be borne in mind that the freshwater side of AT receives significant funding, above that derived from AT membership fees, resulting from the revenue from rod licences which all freshwater anglers are required to have. Sea anglers pay no such licence so AT funding for RSA, beyond membership fees is somewhat limited & susceptible to possible fluctuation. The AT head of marine suggested that possible issues regarding future funding for training across the entire range of angling (not just RSA) may be the root source of the rumour.
AGM Meeting declared closed at 8.15 pm