After enquiring about the response of Whitby sea anglers fishing club to the draft of the RSA strategy I have been speaking to Leon Roskilly who presented our responses at the last meeting with DEFRA on 15th Feb. I was alarmed to learn that our response was not heard at the meeting about redrafting the initial draft. It makes me wonder why I went to the trouble of consulting the fishing club members and writing the response so our views could be heard in London by DEFRA and all parties involved in the talks including commercial fishermen. Admittedly our views were a little extreme but I did manage to edit out the parts where people wanted to submerge licence inspectors in the sea if anyone ever came to inspect their fishing licence. Although not in line with general thinking on the issue we still have a right to be heard. This is also the case for Filey fishing club - your views were not heard at the meeting. Our responses were at the heart of feeling from the region. I fear the North east has been censored.