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Fishing row after Heysham ban

Fisherman John Webster is angry at being banned from fishing near Heysham Power Station.  He is pictured (right) with David Thrower (L) and Paul Parker (C)

Fisherman John Webster is angry at being banned from fishing near Heysham Power Station. He is pictured (right) with David Thrower (L) and Paul Parker (C)

Angry anglers have lashed out at a fishing ban near Heysham Power Stations.

Fishermen are furious at a byelaw stopping them from casting their rods and lines near Ocean Edge leisure park.

Access for fishing has also been restricted because Heysham Power Stations have closed the sea wall path to carry out work on their cooling water outfall.

Fishery bosses say the ban has been signed off by the Government and is to protect the population of bass fish at Heysham.

But John Webster, a fisherman, said: “It’s a load of rubbish.

“If they’re saying stocks are low, then why haven’t they banned bass fishing in the whole of the bay?

“It’s not rods and lines which cause the problem, it’s nets.

“There’s people who have fished there all their lives.”

The byelaw states that no person shall fish in the Heysham Bass Nursery Area or within 10 metres of the shore boundary.

“The purpose is to protect young fish and to promote a greater adult population of bass, increasing supply of sized bass outside the area for both commercial and recreational fisheries,” says the website for North Western IFCA, the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

Ian Stewart, station director at Heysham 1, said: “We are working on our cooling water outfall.

“While this work takes place the sea wall path alongside Heysham Port and behind the power stations, which is not a public right of way, has been temporarily closed.”

 

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