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The public right to fish: Is it fit for purpose?

Appleby, Thomas

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The comment: `we live on an island made of coal
surrounded by a sea full of fish, only an organisational
genius could arrange a shortage of both at the same
time', is attributed to Aneurin Bevan. The Royal
Commission on Environmental Pollution, the European
Union, Downing Street3 and even this journal's
editor have highlighted the need for radical reform
to stop over-fishing taking place in our seas. In
response, the UK Government has set aside time for
legislation in the form of a Marine Bill. Reform of the
structure of UK fisheries administration will play a key
part of that Bill.5 It is therefore timely to consider the
role which the public right to fish plays in the current
legal structure of fisheries, as it is an important one
and often overlooked by the commentators. By
looking at its context, history and extent, this article
will investigate whether there are mechanisms within
common law to counter over-fishing or whether the
public right itself needs to be reformed.


Appleby, T. (2005). The public right to fish: Is it fit for purpose?. Journal of Water Law, 16(6), 201-205

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Publicly Available Date Jun 9, 2019
Journal Journal of Water Law
Print ISSN 1478-5277
Publisher Lawtext Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 201-205
Keywords marine environment, fishing rights, property
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