General Interest Articles

This is our collection of articles on various aspects of fishing and the wider marine environment covering varied number of topics.

The History of Angling | Read our two part article looking back at the history of angling, from its very first stages to the developments and technology involved in present day fishing.

The Biggest Fish Ever Caught on Rod and Line | The biggest fish ever caught by an angler is surprisingly difficult to establish. Find out why in this article.

PETA ThumbnailPETA and Sea Fishing | Sea angling may be one of the world’s most popular recreational activities but animal rights pressure groups such as PETA want it banned. Find out more here.

SealSeals and Sea Fishing | Seals are blamed for depleting fish stocks. How much damage do seals really do, and does action need to be taken against these creatures?

Guide To Jellyfish in the UK | View this very informative and useful infographic guide to jellyfish in the UK, created by the team at the website Stay in Cornwall, and reproduced here with permission.

What is the Largest Creature in the Sea? | There are a number of contenders for this title, find out which creature really is the biggest in the world’s seas here.

Angling at the Olympic Games | Read about the first – and so far only – time when angling featured as an Olympic sport at the 1900 games in Paris.

Ambergris | Sperm whale vomit is known as ambergris and is immensely valuable due to its uses in the cosmetics industry. Find out more about this strange substance here.

TN CoelacanthCoelacanth – The Fish that Came Back From Extinction | Read the interesting story of the coelacanth, a fish that was thought to have died out 65 million years ago but was rediscovered in 1938.

TN BeaufortThe Beaufort Scale | Find out more about the Beaufort scale – a system invented by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in the 1800s to measure and describe sea conditions and is still used today.

TN Fish Swim BladderThe Problem of Returning Deep Sea Fish | When most species of fish are pulled up from the depths they cannot be returned due to their swim bladder rupturing. Read more about this here.

Killer Whales in Captivity | Shows featuring captive killer whales are massively popular, but keeping this species in captivity is also hugely controversial.

TN Carl LinnaeusScientific Classification of Fish Species | All animals in the world actually have two names – a common name and a scientific name. Find out more about how this system is used with fish species here.

Welsh Ragworm Farm Scandal | How did a scheme to create jobs by setting up a ragworm farm in Wales end in police investigations, fraud convictions and jail?

Big Game Tuna Fishing in Britain | In the first half of the twentieth century huge tuna were caught off the coast of northern England. Read more about this here.

Fish Facts | Read our page on the amazing facts about everything to do with fish species, the seas and oceans, sea life and the wider marine environment.