Our Environmental Policy
What is environmental responsibility?
The increase in the worldwide recreational fishing tourism over recent years has undoubtedly impacted upon the fish stocks, environments and local cultures that the angler is there to enjoy. It is therefore the due duty of all tour operators to understand the impact their operations may have and to act responsibly to try to preserve, rather than destroy, the fish species & natural habitat, and social & cultural fabric of the counties in which they operate. Our commitment to this goal is outlined in the environmental policy detailed below and we urge you to read and digest it before booking on one of our fishing adventure holidays.
Adventure Fishing Holidays and the environment
We benefit from being led by formally trained environmentalist whose personal convictions shape the policies to which Adventure Fishing Holidays strive to adhere. Every member of our team is highly motivated and dedicated to the welfare and preservation of the many fish species that we enjoy catching. To this end we have created, and work hard to observe, the following code of practice.
Adventure Fishing Holidays' code of practice
Before we start offering holidays in a new destination, we proactively research the impacts our operations will have on the fish, the environment and the culture of country involved.
- We understand that our operations will impact the countries we visit and do our level best to minimise the negative impacts and maximise the positive ones.
- We always do our best to raise our clients' understanding of the fish species, their habitat and well being, as well as the cultural aspect of the countries in which we operate.
- We actively promote responsible fishing as out lined in the "fishing responsibly" section of this policy.
- Wherever possible we use local ground handlers to assist in the running of our holidays and who share our commitment for the well being of the fish we catch and their surrounding habitats.
- We aim to use local equipment and fishing tackle where it meets our high standards. When foreign equipment and fishing tackle is used we aim to use that equipment which is owned locally.
- We aim to comply with all relevant international standards (Human Rights, ILO Labour standards, UN CSD agreements on sustainability).
- We make sure that our operations follow all domestic laws and regulations.
- We constantly work very hard to reduce our carbon footprint both in respect to our UK and local operations.
- We regularly review our operations to ensure that we follow the above code of practice.
All recreational fishermen should act as responsible guardians of the marine environment. We value the fisheries resources we visit and by actively trying to minimizing our impacts on fish populations to help preserve, protect, and enhance these resources for future years.
We therefore believe that it is our duty to promote responsible fishing practices in all of the countries in which we operate. We do this in the following ways:
- Not allowing the use of toxic sinkers, shot or lures.
- Promoting a minimal impact approach to the environment.
- Careful and responsible disposal of all monofilament line (even when it doesn't belong to you!).
- Ensuring the proper disposal of all rubbish with the view to leaving nothing behind.
- Making every effort to retrieve all lost lures and tangled gear.
- Adhere to all local guidelines to help reduce the spread of unwanted aquatic invaders.
- Encouraging the use of wide gap and barbless hooks, which greatly reduce the chance of lethal wounding for released fish.
- Using tackle that reduces the chance of unintentional harm.
- Correct and careful handling of fish both in and out of the water.
- Using appropriate tackle to help minimise the amount of time required to play your fish.
- Actively promoting catch and release.
How to lessen the impact of your flight
We understand and accept that CO2 emissions from flights play a part (2-3% globally) in the problem of global climate change.
We take this issue very seriously and suggest some of the following ways to help reduce this impact on our climate:
- Take less domestic/business flights and consider replacing them with other forms of public transport.
- On holidays where flights are included, take one longer holiday rather than several shorter ones.
- Consider carbon offsetting your flight with companies like ClimateCare.
- Use bus or train journeys in place of internal flights, where the option is available.
- Leave your car at home and instead us public transport on your journey to the airport. This not only reduces carbon emissions, but also helps reduce traffic congestion in and round airports.
We try to avoid internal flights wherever possible and instead try to use local transportation where this is a realistic option. Also, whenever flying staff to destinations; we calculate the carbon debt produced and use it to implement new carbon reducing measures to our UK and local offices, donate to environmental charities or buy carbon offsets.
How to save energy
Here are a few simple measures you can take to help conserve energy and reduce your personal carbon footprint, both at home and abroad.
Whilst at home:
- Change to a more green energy supplier that uses renewable sources of energy like hydroelectric and wind power.
- Try to car share when travelling to work or picking up the kids from school.
- Turn off all unnecessary appliances, particularly over night and don't leave TVs on standby.
- Switch of lights when you don't need them.
- Make sure you have thermostats installed on your radiators and consider turning them down a bit.
- Turn off any air-conditioning or central heating when you go out.
- Turning down your central heating can make big savings (try just 1 to 2oC).
- Turning down you water heating can make big savings (just 2oC will make a significant saving).
- Only fill your kettle with as much water as you need.
- Wait till you have a full load before using your dishwasher or washing machine (also saves water and washing powder).
- Avoid using a tumble dried and hang your washing out to dry instead.
- Recycle grey water (laundry, bathwater, washing etc) and use on the garden.
- Make sure your walls and loft are well insulated and your hot water tank too.
- Fit energy saving light bulbs.
- Unplug your mobile phone when it has finished charging and turn off the charger.
- Regularly defrost your fridge/freezer.
- Do your weekly shopping in a single trip or use local shops that you can walk to.
- Replace your old fridge/freezer (if it is over 15 years old), with a new energy efficiency (rating of "A" is best) one.
Whilst on holiday:
- Turn off the heating or air-conditioning in your hotel room when you go out.
- Try not to use air-conditioning wherever possible as this will help you to acclimatise better to hot countries.
- Turn the lights and TV off when you leave your hotel room.
- Try to walk or hire a bike rather than use taxis, trains and buses. This will also allow you to appreciate your surrounding more and give you a chance to meet local people.
- Ask for your room towels to be washed every other day, rather than every day.
Adventure Fishing Holidays operates a fully comprehensive recycling policy in our UK office. This includes paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, and print cartridges/toners. We also practise a number of energy saving measures, including energy efficient light bulbs, double glazing, and thermostatically controlled heating.
Responsible disposal of waste
When travelling abroad, we produce a large amount of daily waste. We work hard to ensure that all of this waste is disposed of in a responsible fashion. Your guide will fully explain our relevant procedures at the start of your tour.
Please try to bring as little packaging as possible with you on our trips. Instead remove and dispose of as much as possible before departure.
Smokers should take care to dispose of their cigarette buts etc. carefully. We operate a no-smoking policy on all of our holidays when private transport is involved.
Using water in a responsible manner
Wherever possible we recommend that you avoid bottled water unless you are sure that the plastic bottles can be responsibly disposed of.
We encourage the use of environmentally friendly washing detergents to help minimise water pollution.
You should always check before using local water supplies such as pumps or wells and should avoid washing at these locations unless local people encourage you to do so.
Respecting local customs
Many of the counties in which we operate have very different customs to those you will be familiar with. You should always respect local religions, beliefs and customs. Your guide will make you aware of the important customs to keep in mind at the beginning of your trip. A few important ones include:
- Ensure that you cover up appropriately when entering holy places.
- Avoid public displays of intimacy.
- Respect the privacy of local people. Always ask permission or advice before entering someone's house or their place of work.
- It is always worthwhile to learn some basic words and phrases in the local language. Your effort will always be enthusiastically welcomed.
- Nearly everyone wants to come back with some memorable snaps. You should always ask permission before taking photographs of people, holy places or rituals.
Observing local laws
As part of our booking conditions you are expected to respect and obey the law of the country or countries in which you are travelling.
Drugs or firearms are not allowed on any of our tours.
Alcohol may not permitted on some of our tours, as specified by your pre-departure information or your tour leader.
Helping the local economy
Bringing tourists into foreign destinations can have a significant impact on these locations. This offers us a great opportunity, and responsibility, to ensure that the money we, and our clients, spend, goes to those who can most benefit from it. To ensure this we:
- Use local operators as much as possible in the day-to-day running of our holidays.
- Encourage our clients to use the services of local people during their holiday (e.g. laundry, restaurants, local shops etc).
- Try to advise on better alternatives to giving money to beggars. Often there are community projects that will better help the local community.
- Understand the important place that bargaining holds in local cultures and economies.
- Respect the fact that tipping (and commission) is an integral part of a local economy and advise our clients accordingly.
- Encourage buying as much as possible from local vendors and markets.
Preserving natural resources
Fishing holidays, by there very nature, bring you into close contact with the natural environment. We try to leave this environment and its ecology in the same state that we found it, if not better. We encourage this by:
- Using as little water as possible, especially where it is in short supply.
- Using as little firewood as possible, especially where it is in short supply.
- Responsibly disposing of all waste.
- Using only existing trails when going to and from fishing spots.
- Supporting local organisations that help in the conservation of fish stocks and habitats.
- Taking all measures possible to least disturb the environment in which we fish.
Projects and charities we support
We believe in giving something back to the countries and communities that we visit. Therefore we support a range of local charities and projects. More information.
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Matt Hayes (Filming Lake Escapes, France, 2004)