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CARP CHAT
Off the Scale magazine to organise
line recycling scheme in Ireland
The Anglers National Line Recycling
Scheme (ANLRS) is delighted to
announce that Off the Scale magazine
will be acting as the national coordinator for the scheme throughout the
Republic of Ireland as of May 2019.
Off the Scale is Ireland’s leading
angling publication, established in
January 2015 in an attempt to spread
positivity, togetherness and inspiration throughout the Irish angling
scene. It has since grown to become
of the most widely acclaimed and
read digital angling publications
available today. Covering all fishing
disciplines, the bi-monthly magazine
also uniquely incorporates regular
fisheries science and ecology material.
The magazine will help to promote
and organise the ANLRS across the
Republic of Ireland through its publications and social media platforms, as
well as acting as the point of registration for any businesses or groups who
wish to become recycling partners.
They will also seek funding to help
support and further the scheme. This
partnership follows the news that
GoFishing NI magazine have agreed
to take up the banner for the scheme
in Northern Ireland and means the
ANLRS is now active across the
UK, Republic of Ireland and now
making strides into European
countries as well.
Once the line has been collected
by individual businesses, Off the
Scale will act as the central collection and temporary storage point
for nylon, braid and fly lines before
shipping it direct to the UK-based
recycling facility, Maltings Organic
Treatment Ltd.
Off the Scale magazine have
signed up to the ANLRS participation charter, which details how any
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coordinator group must take the
scheme forward and continue the
philosophy in which the ANLRS was
set up. In brief, this is to run a transparent, non-profit, volunteer-led,
donation-funded scheme that is run
by anglers, for anglers.
“We are delighted and immensely
proud to have taken responsibility for
promoting and organising the Anglers
National Line Recycling Scheme in
Ireland,” said Off the Scale magazine
founder and aquatic ecologist Bill
Brazier. “Not only does the ANRLS
philosophy fit perfectly with our overall ethos of environmental conservation and protection here at the magazine but recycling our line is simply
the right thing to do. Whether we
anglers like to admit it or not, nylon
and braid is a form of plastic pollution,
and we are all increasingly aware of
how massive a global problem that is.
If we as a community can help to
reduce and recycle this wastage, protect the environment for future generations and save wildlife in the process
then surely it’s a no-brainer.”
Viv Shears, who co-founded the
A N L R S w i t h S t e v e n Ta p p c o m mented: “Having got to know Bill as
editor of Off the Scale magazine, plus
his passion for angling and the
aquatic environment in Ireland, he
was a superb candidate to be the
ANLRS coordinator. We are delighted
that we can all work together and
that the scheme will be promoted
there beyond what we could do
from here. Having people that
believe fully in and are willing to
give up their free time to the
scheme are the foundations for
what we do. As the ANLRS spreads
into countries in Europe having the
support of Bill and people like him
will give us the chance to take this
to a European wide angling audience – a superb addition to the
ANLRS volunteers that keep growing in numbers every week.” n

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