For Immediate Release
New MCRS (Minimum Conservation Reference Size) Initiative Launched Today at Brighton Marina
A new initiative is underway at Brighton Marina to educate more anglers about the size of fish they choose to retain with an easy size guide. This comes in the form of stencil applied images of a Bass, a generic flat fish and a Mackerel on the east and west fishing arms. The images are real-size so by holding a fish against the image it is clear if it exceeds the MCRS (Minimum Conservation Reference Size) and therefore could be retained. The Bass image is the current legal minimum size. The generic flatfish is based on the Flounder and Plaice MCRS and the Mackerel is the Sussex MCRS size.
This has been a collaboration with Dave Grinham at the Tackle Box, the Brighton Marina management and LISA. Frank Parker was instrumental in getting the initiative underway and LISA have provided the designs and resources materials.
A hand-out leaflet, produced in collaboration between Sussex IFCA and LISA, is to be distributed by wardens and outlets. The leaflet details MCRS for eleven species.
LISA hope to be able to extend this initiative to other venues and expand to other species.
LISA July 2017