Last update: 26th May 2015.

Announcing the passing of Moc Morgan

I have received this simple but poignant email advising of the death of Moc Morgan

“It is with the deepest regrets and a heavy grieving heart that I regretfully send this e-mail to inform you of the extremely sad news that Moc Morgan passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Waunfawr, Aberystwyth.  Deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Julia, his son Hywel and all the Family.”

Moc’s name is and has for many years been synonymous with fishing in Wales as well as with Welsh sea trout. He worked tirelessly for our sport: even as his health was failing he continued to attend and address angling related meeting. He was a larger than life angler who won and very much deserved the respect of the angling community. A great loss and we too offer our deepest sympathies  to his wife Julia, his son Hywel and all the Family

EA Prosecute for Cattle Bank Poaching

Kris Kent Principal Consultant at Techniques for Change
WTT’s Conservation Officers routinely meet examples where livestock have access right to the river’s edge, causing a raft of cattle poaching problems for the river – the animals eat virtually all the bankside vegetation, they trample the banks and cause damaging silt to get into the river, killing plants, invertebrates and trout (and other fish) eggs.

It’s been a frustration for us and many of the people we work with that nothing ever seems to be done about regulating this damage.
Well, now there’s a case in Shropshire where a farmer has been prosecuted by EA and fined £14000 for just such harm. In this case, the farmer was repeatedly warned by EA, he was offered (and refused) fully-funded fencing, yet he allowed the damage to continue and was finally nicked.

EA’s case, driven by two keen local officers, relied solely on photographic evidence (i.e. without invertebrate or water quality data) and used new magistrate sentencing guidelines produced under the Water Resources Act. In this case, the stream being polluted connected to a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with highly-protected pearl mussels BUT the case proceeded because the EA team were confident that there was pollution happening, not simply because of the sensitive nature of the catchment.

Good news for our rivers and hopefully empowering for our regulatory authorities. The photo below demonstrates the damage done on the River Unk, with further detail in the local newspaper:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/04/17/shropshire-farmer-fined-14000-for-fence-failure/

UDN? Let's hope not! Please see download.

WARNING issued by the EA to Wye lads. Please read this post and distribute the flyer on UDN. This MAY be serious.

Gentlemen

As influential men of the salmon fisheries of both the Severn and Wye could you please spread the word of the attached document and share. But most importantly can you please get a clear message out, that we DO NOT want fish killed that may be suspected of UDN or other skin conditions. The clear message from the Environment Agency at Local Area- all fish should returned alive- no matter what the condition, or returned even if dead and notify the Agency. Please also make it clear that removing salmon with a hand net e.g. it spotted dead or dying in the margins, is unlawful and could result in enforcement proceedings.Please encourage folks to notify the EA on the Emergency Hotline Number 0800 80 70 60,  if they suspect fish that are unwell or distressed in anyway.

DO NOT REMOVE OR KILL SALMON SUSPECTED OF UDN or OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS, CONTACT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY. (In our case NRW)

Chris Bainger MIFM Cenv   Fisheries Technical Specialist    Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire

Click here: A flyer on UDN’

River Conwy smolt release. A final thank you to the volunteers!

The work carried out by the Conwy Valley Fisheries & Conservation Association is generally unknown and unreported. A small band of enthusiasts, not all anglers, work tirelessly to help the salmon maintain its presence in the River Conwy system. The Conwy is one of only three rivers in England and Wales forecast in the 2012 salmon stock assessment by NRW and others, to have salmon stocks estimated to be “not at risk” by 2018. All three rivers so classified in the documentation, are stocked. Natural Resources Wales, the guardians of Welsh salmon, have declared that all salmonid hatcheries in Wales are to be closed, with the exception of a centre of excellence to be  created at Cunrig in the Brecon Beacons, and that all stocking of salmon and sea trout into Welsh rivers is to cease, as they fear that stocking rivers with hatchery bred fish will damage the native fish stock. It was then, with a sad heart, and a feeling that verged on despair, that I went to film and to witness, what will probably be the last ever introduction of reared smolt, into the Conwy system.

The following photographs are posted as a witness to the event and as a tribute to the dedicated team who have been carrying out this work unpaid and unacknowledged for the past several years. Thank you, to each and every one of you.

The smolt pond

First draw of the net

Removing smolt trapped in the net

The last two pictures above were taken at the outflow from the pond to a stream leading to the river. Each draw of the net across the pond was to encourage the smolt to leave the pond and enter the river. And thence to sea.

Photographs courtesy of Paul King, secretary of Wirral Game Fishing Club

Angling Trust press release.

 

Angling Trust Media Release

Tuesday 28 April 2015. Immediate Release

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New appointments at Angling TrustThe Angling Trust Board of Directors met on Wednesday 22nd April and has formally approved the appointment of Roger Furniss as a Vice President and Sarah Collins as a Director of the Angling Trust.

Roger Furniss’s appointment as a Vice-President is in recognition of the huge amount of voluntary work he did to help create the Angling Trust as a united organisation for all anglers in 2009.  Roger was a founding board member of the Angling Trust and gave several years’ dedicated service to the Board and as the Chairman of Fish Legal.

After retiring as a Director, he has continued to work closely with the Angling Trust & Fish Legal in his role as Secretary of the South West Rivers Association.  He volunteered many weeks of his time serving on the hydropower working group to help make the Environment Agency’s good practice guidelines protect fish and fishing more effectively.  He continues to contribute significantly to Angling Trust & Fish Legal campaigns on canoeing, hydropower, estuary netting and the Water Framework Directive.

Sarah Collins is the Chief Executive of Get Hooked on Fishing (GHOF) and successfully applied for the voluntary role of Chair of the Angling Development Advisory Committee following the retirement of David Moore, which also involves serving on the Angling Trust Board as a Director.  Sarah brings a wealth of experience in education, safeguarding young people and angling participation to the Angling Trust from her role at GHOF and formerly as a head teacher in Yorkshire.

George Stephenson, Chairman of the Angling Trust said: “On behalf of the Angling Trust board I would like to thank Roger Furniss for all the sterling work that he has done for the benefit of fish and fishing at a national and regional level in a voluntary capacity.  The post of Vice-President is reserved only for people who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation, amongst the thousands of volunteers who are involved in our operations.”

He continued: “I am delighted that Sarah Collins is joining the Board of Directors.  She offers not only great expertise in angling development, but also boundless enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the continued growth of the Angling Trust as the unified representative and governing body for angling in England.”

Notes to Editors

1. Contact: mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net or 07973 468198.

2. Photos are available of both Roger and Sarah.  Please contact Mark Lloyd for these.

3. The Angling Trust is the representative organisation and national governing body for anglers in England.  It was formed in 2009 and has since incorporated 11 angling organisations to form a united organisation for all anglers.  It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.  Joint membership packages with Fish Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.

NRW invite you to

This is your chance to speak to Board Members and express your opinions. Got to be worth a try!

Click here: An invitation to meet and speak to the NRW Board’

 

An Introduction to Salmon Fishing

I thought these short videos may be of interest. They are Greys advertising features, we have no connection with Greys, but they do say they can be shared: so here they are      click here

River Basin Management Plan

It may seen tedious as well as pointless to respond to these consultations, but if we don’t,  we risk creating the impression that we don’t care. The new NRW, so far, seems to give little priority to fisheries, this may be because we don’t make our views know or because it is in the process of change.

PLEASE take the time to have a look, there is actually a plane relating to your river, have a quick read and if anything comes to mind, send in your views.

It is saddening that those present at meeting with the NRW are the same “old crowd”. and so few in number. I say this with great respect for those that do take the time to represent anglers: they work hard and do a good job. Now is perhaps the time for you to have a go at putting forward your views

Click on this link:

Let the Welsh Government have your views on the performance of NRW

The following invitation to express your views is copied directly from the National Assembly web site. This consultation does not appear to require you to fill in a questionnaire, simply write to express your opinions. Please try to be objective in any submission and provide some sort of evidence. All the links in the invitation below are working.

Consultation

 Natural Resources Wales – Annual Scrutiny 2015

Purpose of the consultation

The Environment and Sustainability Committee has followed the creation and development of Natural Resources Wales, from the business case stage through to its creation and subsequent operation, and has undertaken various inquiries into aspects of this process.

A key feature of the Committee’s on-going scrutiny has been an annual session with the Chief Executive and Chair of Natural Resources Wales.

This year, the Committee has decided to seek the views of stakeholders and the public to help inform this scrutiny session.

We are interested to hear about your experience of working with and/or accessing services from Natural Resources Wales and how it is delivering its statutory functions (including the resources available to deliver these functions).

Where possible, we would like you to provide specific examples that support your point of view.

We will also be inviting a selection of stakeholders to give evidence to us in person on 22 April and we will be scrutinising Natural Resources Wales on 6 May.

Alongside this consultation we are inviting views to be submitted through Twitter using the hash tag #NRWscrutiny. We will be posing a series of questions at the start of each week during the consultation period to help encourage debate and a summary of Twitter interactions will be considered by the Committee before the final scrutiny session.

At the end of the process the Committee will express its view through published correspondence or a short report. All those that submit evidence will receive a copy.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry

The Committee welcomes evidence from both individuals and organisations.  If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.

Generally, we ask for submissions to be made in writing because it is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee on our internet site so that it becomes part of the public record. Please let us know if you have any objections to our publishing your evidence.  We are also able to accept evidence in audio or video format.  The Committee welcomes contributions in English or Welsh, and we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies / schemes to provide bilingual responses, where applicable, in line with their public information policies.

If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to SeneddEnv@assembly.walesAlternatively, you can write to: Committee Clerk, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.

Submissions should arrive by 10 April 2015 and should preferably be no longer than four pages of A4, have numbered paragraphs and in a word format.  It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

Disclosure of Information

You can find further details about how we will use your information at www.assembly.wales/help/privacy/help-inquiry-privacy.htm. Please ensure that you have considered these details carefully before submitting information to the Committee.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Environment and Sustainability Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddEnv@Assembly.Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565

Fish Legal: fighting for anglers and our rivers

Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 17:38
Subject: Urgent News: Major Victory To End Water Company Secrecy About Pollution and Abstraction

Pictured: William Rundle (Fish Legal, Head Solicitor), David Wolfe QC (Matrix Chambers)
and Penelope Gane (Fish Legal)
 Wednesday 25th February 2015

Major Victory To End Water Company Secrecy About Pollution and Abstraction

Fish Legal has won a major victory in our groundbreaking case against Yorkshire Water Services Ltd and United Utilities Plc, which was the culmination of the six year legal campaign for greater transparency within the water and sewerage industry which we have reported to members before.
The Upper Tribunal ruled last Friday that water companies in England & Wales are ‘public authorities’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations (2004) and so are now under a legal duty to disclose environmental information they hold to the public.
The implications of this test case, which has been fought over the past 6 years, will be felt industry-wide. It could also affect companies operating in other privatised industries which have a similar role managing resources and services of public interest, such as the oil, gas, electricity providers and the Royal Mail.
Fish Legal often wants to know about sewage pollution and over-abstraction that damages rivers and coastal waters to help us fight legal cases on behalf of our member clubs and fishery owners. This judgment means we now have a right to get this information directly from the water companies themselves. In the past, several companies refused to provide any information when asked, whilst others expressly refused to disclose information in line with this law. The Judges in this case ruled they were wrong to do so.  Any concerned individual or organisation now has a right to the environmental information held by the water and sewerage companies.
The water and sewerage industry causes significant damage to the environment every year. This is partly due to the very nature of what it does in treating sewage and abstracting water, but in many cases is due to mismanagement and underreporting of incidents. The industry will now have to open up what it does to much greater public scrutiny.
We are delighted with this result, which has at long last asserted the rights of our angling members, and the wider public, to get information from these companies when they cause pollution or other damage. Being able to obtain environmental information directly about activities that affect the environment will make it much easier to deal with complex issues affecting fisheries. We sincerely hope that with the industry’s greater accountability will come higher environmental performance.
This is a huge victory for the environment and for fish and fishing. Our legal team at Fish Legal has done a brilliant job fighting this case over the past 6 years, taking on some of the largest companies in the country and winning. This has only been possible because of the support of members of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal, whose subscriptions enable us to fight these battles for the benefit of all anglers and the water environment. Once again, we have demonstrated that when anglers unite, we can be a very powerful force for good.
Please click here to forward this message to every angler you know and encourage them to join us so that we can do more work like this for the benefit of all fish and fishing.  There are lots of challenges we could take on if we had more funds.
If you are not a member yourself, please join
the Angling Trust & Fish Legal HERE or by calling 01568 620447

Fishing IS good for you.

7 reasons fishing is good for you

Last updated: 11 February 2015, 13:04 GMT

Fishing doesn’t always get the best press.

For all Robson Green’s extreme shark-hunting, the general image is that the pastime is a bit staid, a bit boring, and generally a bit pointless.

But this view of fishing is a red herring. Angling is far from all those things, as a new ITV4 series, The Big Fish Off, hopes to prove.

The five-week show will see celebrities ranging from the aptly named David Seaman to Ollie Locke of Made in Chelsea fame do battle in an assortment of fishing challenges.

But no matter who catches the biggest fish, they’ll all be winners, because just whiling away a few hours on the riverbank brings these health benefits…

Fishing increases your Vitamin D

It doesn’t have to be sunny while you angle, simply being outside will help your body top up its critical Vitamin D reserves. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy, and has also been linked to helping battle depression.

Ups your concentration

Being outside also improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Walking in nature or simply spending time under leafy trees prompts “electrochemical changes in the brain” which lead to a “highly beneficial state of effortless attention”.

Lowers your stress

Surveys of keen anglers have found that their main motivation is not just about what they might catch, but about what they can leave behind. Nearly 90% said escaping crowds was their ultimate goal, and there are now even charities supporting the power of fishing to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Helps your heart

OK, this one does slightly depend on you hooking a prize specimen, but if you do catch something, you’ve got yourself a low-fat meal that’s packed with blood pressure-lowering and heart disease-reducing Omega-3 fatty acids.

Angling keeps you fit

It might look like a lot of sitting around but a good fishing session can be very good exercise, toning your arms, and burning between 250 calories if you’re just sitting and 500 calories if you’re angling in waders.

It gives you a challenge and perspective. Like any sport, fishing helps fill that basic human desire for purpose. “Fishing, like many outdoor activities or farming practices, puts you at one with nature. You’re the hunter, the provider,” says Lucy Downing of Visit North Norfolk.

“You belong and have a purpose. In all, fishing takes you back to the very essence of humanity – giving you a sense of place in the world.”

Fishing boosts friendship

While there is no specific scientific formula for what makes a good male bonding activity, one that includes hunting things, buying lots of kit and having an excuse to drink a few beers is probably as good as you’ll get.

Certainly, a National Angling Survey a few years ago revealed over 38% of anglers were introduced to fishing by a parent, 19% by another family member and 26.6% by a friend, suggesting that familial and friendship groups are vital for the development of angling participation.

And yes, of course women go fishing too, but the same survey had a response rate that was 97% male.

The most important post ever added to this web site

I should perhaps of have added, or any other web site.

Click on this link: it kind of puts things into perspective, including this campaign.

Click here and then expand the item to full screen

Has the Tide Turned in Support of Recreational Sea Angling?

Let us hope that this is the start of a turn around in political opinion with regard to angling in general. There are lots of us and generally we remain silent on these matters, we are by nature contemplative rather than overtly exuberant with regard to most issues but…  For the full article see under the Angling Trust tab.

08.12.14

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Trawler at sea (image used for illustrative purposes only)
 
Something remarkable happened in Parliament this week.  There was a debate about the parlous state of our bass stocks and every MP who spoke in the chamber supported dramatic reductions in commercial fishing, writes Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd.  Many went further and proposed that bass should be only be legally caught by rod and line because recreational angling is so much more valuable to the economy and to society.  No, you’re not dreaming.  It really happened!

 

Will NRW follow this example?

 

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Pictured: Operation TRAVERSE – launch posterOn 12 November 2014, the Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire, Mr Peter Davies, opened Operation TRAVERSE – targeting illegal fishing and fish theft in Fenland – a partnership approach involving Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Police, the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Cefas Fish Health Inspectorate.Mr Davies said:
We have listened to our communities and recognise that poaching and fish theft is of increasing concern – and also now appreciate both the wider criminal implications and negative impact on the environment and livelihoods. This is an important operation which we are pleased to work with all our partners to deliver‘.

Police and Environment Agency operational and call-taking staff have been briefed accordingly – and both anglers and the general public are urged to report incidents in progress, anything suspicious or other information to either the police on 101 or Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 – citing Operation TRAVERSE.

The launch of Operation TRAVERSE also featured a visit and briefing by Polish PSR government fisheries enforcement officers.

Last year, key Angling Trust enforcement staff visited Holland, researching how fisheries enforcement is approached there; earlier this year, a trip to Poland forged links with the PSR. Angling Trust ‘Building Bridges’ Project Manager Rado Papiewski, said:
We were extremely impressed with the professional and effective approach to fisheries enforcement in Poland. For that reason we felt that the enforcement agencies in England would benefit from learning more first-hand from the PSR – and sharing Best Practice. Kommandant Macieo Bialy and Rafal Sosnowski of the PSR, therefore, visited England at the Angling Trust’s invitation, briefing police officers and Environment Agency staff regarding their approach to this shared problem. Everyone from the British authorities who met the PSR officers was impressed and keen to see this new approach, learning from other countries, was maintained and developed. We are now liaising with the Lithuanian authorities. This more holistic approach is undoubtedly the way forward to achieve a greater understanding between all involved‘.

‘Building Bridges’ seeks to educate migrant anglers regarding British angling law and catch and release culture; further details can be found HERE:

Operation TRAVERSE has been brought to the attention of Daniel Kawczynski MP, Envoy to the Prime Minister on Polish and Eastern European Diaspora in the UK:
I appreciate and understand the concern amongst anglers regarding poaching and fish theft, and applaud the Angling Trust for leading on resolving these issues through a responsible partnership approach. I am particularly impressed that this work includes the long-term strategy of educating and integrating migrant anglers through the all-important “Building Bridges” project. This is crucial, because cultural differences concerning taking fish, which are causing problems in some areas of the country, must be addressed not only through direct enforcement, where necessary, but also through education, to help ensure these problems do not occur in the first place. Migrant anglers, however, have also positively contributed to the sport and have joined the Voluntary Bailiff Service – so we must understand that we are dealing with a minority; not all migrant anglers from Eastern Europe break our laws – and it is important to remember that. It is very pleasing to see how the innovative Operation TRAVERSE contributes to the bigger picture of Rural & Wildlife Crime, which is of concern to many people – and is a great example of cooperation, intelligence-sharing and partnership working. This is a vital opportunity to raise awareness of poaching and fish theft, and positively engage with migrant anglers; I wholeheartedly commend this proactive approach and thank the Polish authorities for their cooperation and assistance‘.

Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE said:
To resolve poaching and fish theft we need to raise awareness and properly locate the issue within the wider framework of Rural, Wildlife and Organised crime. The only way forward is to work in partnership and share intelligence on an international basis, and work on direct enforcement action alongside long-term prevention. We are, therefore, delighted with the support provided by Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Police, and look forward to working with all our partners. We are especially pleased, of course, to have the support of Mr Kawczynski in pushing this issue higher up the list of political priorities. What we need now is for anglers and the general public to make that call‘.

Copies of the poster promoting Operation TRAVERSE can be obtained from PC Nick Willey at Lincolnshire Police: call 101.

More Information
Information regarding reporting incidents to the police can be found HERE:

Contacts
Further information on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign can be obtained from Dilip Sarkar: dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.net or 07971 677639.

Further information concerning Operation TRAVERSE can be obtained from PC Nick Willey at Lincolnshire Police: Nicholas.willey@lincs.pnn.police.uk or 07768 501895

Further information concerning ‘Building Bridges’ can provided by Rado Papiewski:radoslaw.papiewski@anglingtrust.net or 07527 79925

Photographs for Download
1. Mr Peter Davies, Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, opens Operation TRAVERSE with the Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE. Click HERE.

2. The Prime Minister, David Cameron MP, with his Envoy on Polish and Eastern European Diaspora in the UK, Daniel Kawczynski MP – who supports Operation TRAVERSE. Click HERE.

3. Police and Environment Agency staff pictured with Polish PSR officers, Kommandant Macieo Bialy and Rafal Sosnowski, at the launch of Operation TRAVERSE. Click HERE.

4. A briefing at Boston Police Station, involving police, Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Polish PSR staff, before the first day of joint patrols across Fenland. Click HERE.

5. Kommandant Macieo Bialy of the PSR, who shared Best Practice concerning fisheries enforcement in Poland, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer Mihael Wildash, and PC Nick Willey of Lincolnshire Police. Click HERE.

6. PC Nick Willey of Lincolnshire Police, Kommandant Macieo Bialy of the Polish PSR, and Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer Michael Wildash, on patrol during the first day of Operation TRAVERSE – all anglers checked were appropriately licensed. Click HERE.

7. The Lincolnshire Police poster promoting Operation TRAVERSE and urging anglers and the general public to report incidents and information. Click HERE.