The South West Handline Fishermen’s Association represents over 100 hand line fishermen in the south west of England. They are passionate about the fish they catch, how they catch it and have developed a tagging scheme to provide hook to plate traceability.
Monofilament nets on trawlers and gillnets provide a highly efficient way of catching fish. Concern grew amongst the handline fishermen that they would be loosing out on the quota for mackerel, pollack, bass and squid
The South West Handline Fishermen’s Association (SWHFA) introduces an individual tagging system for each fish caught using a hook and line. You can go onto their website and enter the TAG number and find out ‘who caught my fish?’
"Once again the SWHFA and their members are setting the bench mark for fish handling techniques aimed at ensuring top quality fish are reaching the consumer in the very best condition possible."
Andrew Pascoe, Vice-Chairman of SWHFA