Apart from it being personal choice, I see no reason that I should do.I'd be interested to know how many people who are regular users of this forum, can afford to spend shed loads on plugging gear predominantly for bass, say thay are so concerned about commercial overexploitation of our stocks, but for some reason are not interested in joining BASS. It would be very interesting, not least very beneficial, to understand why this is so.
Trev, I must have missed the conclusive findings of a few peoples oppinions that found resampling of 01 year class bass over many years from a number of specific sites using relaible and seemingly valid techniques was "so small as to be useless." Its the best research we have in the absence of any other reasearch, and BASS has been the best voice we have in the past 35+ years. Any newer research would take years before its published and only lead to calls for further research, its a loud unified voice that will change things, and I too believe a powerful AT is the best way to go. It should also be kept in mind however that BASS campaigns to get the AT to support and campaign for the goals of BASS.It is a very sad state to see .. if the information is correct. I would be 100% behind any conservation measures required to see our stocks return to the levels they should be. However I am more than a little bit bored with statements that have no factual foundation. Was it not on this forum just a few months ago that we discussed the excellent surveying work of some of our BASS colleagues only to come to the conclusion that the sample was so small as to be next to useless?? and that no one, government or otherwise, had been interested enough to take up the task in such a way that there would be no dubiety with its results.
Apologies but I just get so tired of sensationalist journalism and hate it when everyone else jumps on the bandwagon in a hope to get the reaction that they want. The very first things we need to do is carry out proper detailed and extensive surveys and then work with the facts not some one's (how ever expert) opinion.
Hi Dave thanks for the reply addressed to me. I dont disagree with the "many options" idea you quoted and also implied that BASS is BUT ONE of the options in my own replyMatt,
But as has been mentioned above their are many opinions as to what might be the best course of action for the long term protection of bass stocks. While some members believe that is through membership of BASS, others believe that joining larger national or european bodies is the way to go.... .
Of course all are free to make up their own minds!! I made my points here probably as a bit of a reflex action, having of late been involved in trying to clarify to those on the outside of BASS what it is about as there has been a degree of misunderstanding (and misinformation) in the past. Along with several others, I have being seeking to do this, for example, through the "BASS Columb" articles in Sea Angler over the past months. This is hoped to do what you said and to "sow a seed", so others can make an informed decision and maybe decide to campaign for our bass (and also perhaps even join BASS if they chose.) Yet as you imply; Its the former not that later of these options that is ultimately more important.Action takes many forms and is often (as I know to well) time consuming. Joining BASS is one means (and a relatively inexpensive means) of getting such views aired should you feel concerned about the state of our bass stocks.
Good on you for joining AT. And should you ever chose to join BASS I know for sure they have anyone, given Ian, Steve, and myself amongst others, are in their "care."Steve,
So i'll spend my money with The Angling Trust.......and probably with Bass if I can get my lazy ar*e into gear and get my membership sorted.....and if they'll have me.:-D:-D