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real on gging...

Jesus continued to advocate the use

of fluorocarbon mainline... “Take it from me, it’s the difference between 2 fish and thousands fellas, but don’t leave any of it around, I can’t afford for the secret to ever get out”

to keep your product dry for instance and to display effectively are all too hard to come by, but ARE available. AASUP Anglers Against Single-Use Plastic In The Tackle Trade (that upped my word count!), Chris Turnbull’s Facebook-based

movement, has swiftly garnered 4000+ followers and given focus to the pressure, but not the solutions, as yet. It’s also gained a rather militant looking logo. That will surely work against the project when the body wants to speak to the powers that be? Will the Environment Minister want to speak to someone whose email signature looks like it may have Semtex underneath it? A small point, but a common problem. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that anglers are showing a conscience and there’s nobody more eloquent than Chris to front something of this nature. But if we don’t offer an involved response (JOIN NOW!), it will become islanded as another fragment of angling, shattered by social media. So the imagination of the consumer needs to be captured quickly. At the very least, it can become a barometer to the pressure on SUPs, and people will react to it. While I’m at it...

I catch so few fish that my line could probably be deemed as ‘single use’. So what about the ANLRS (catchy) ‘Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme’? Did you know that nylon monofilament fishing line can take upwards of 600 years to biodegrade completely? In other words, every piece of mono that has ever been dropped in the water is most likely still floating around in the environment, and

will be for another 500 plus years. Whoa. And what about fluorocarbon? Try

4,000 years to bio-bloody-degrade! It’s true. Only yesterday I found myself untangling my rig from an Egyptian Pharaoh’s crack-off (pre-hair)… Fluoro lasts that long.

Plus the obvious dangers to wildlife, especially them ‘thieves in white suits’. If ANLRS can create ‘habit’ around returning your used line there’s a glimmer of hope. And it’s in the interests of every shop to get involved (and local social will help massively). And with Line Recycling Envelope available to all, it could, indeed, become habit. But, sadly, following a flurry of social activity the emphasis has been thrown to the tackle shops and the soon to be released returnable envelopes and I fear it may get lost frankly. And have you seen the amount of wrap that they deliver the ANLRS bins in? Is it single use? My fingers are crossed.

Discuss... • Will there be an accreditation for eliminating or limiting Single-Use Plastic from your operations?

• Will a major retailer offer advantages to companies leading the fight against Single-Use Plastic?

• Will the angling public ever give a toss?

• Will you? like him to design some for you Call AITCH2 on 01508 538879 / 07980 540520 August 2018 | Tackle & Guns | 9

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