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Clwyd and Elwy extension experiment: important notice

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Angling Trust win in court

Angling Trust Media Release

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Court victory shows protecting our precious rivers and wetlands is no longer a ‘last resort’


Today, the Angling Trust, Fish Legal and WWF-UK’s Judicial Review secured a major step forward for the protection of our country’s most important rivers and wetlands.

The High Court judge recognised the need for urgent action to protect these precious places and the wildlife that lives there.

As a result of the legal victory today, the Government must evaluate the use of mandatory Water Protection Zones (1) alongside voluntary steps by farmers, which have so far failed to protect these vulnerable places from farm pollution.

The environmental organisations claimed that ministerial involvement had stifled necessary action to reduce pollution from farms harming England’s ‘natural’ crown jewels.

The judge, Sir Andrew Collins, said: “It is obviously of the greatest importance that proper measures are taken as soon as possible to meet the obligations of the Directive (2). We all know our wildlife is suffering as a result of pollution and not only just wildlife, people as well.”

David Nussbaum, Chief Executive of WWF-UK, said: “This takes the ministerial handcuffs off the Environment Agency which can now better protect our most precious rivers and wetlands.

“The Government must now act with haste and put necessary measures in place to tackle pollution from farms that is devastating these specially protected sites.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said: “This is a win for cherished species like the kingfisher, salmon and trout which are seriously threatened by this pollution.

“This is a clear message to Government that they must stop dragging their feet and they must now take the necessary steps to improve the health of these precious rivers and wetlands.”

David Wolfe QC, said: “Defra and the EA’s new statement should mean that they will now actively consider WPZs as the way of delivering benefits for the environment rather than waiting until other approaches had demonstrably failed before even turning to them.”



1. Water Protection Zones are the primary regulatory tool identified by the Government to tackle agricultural pollution. A WPZ provides a legal framework for introducing bespoke local measures to reflect the needs of a specific catchment that are not being tackled by existing voluntary measures.

2. Water Framework Directive: The EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2000. Its purpose is to establish a framework for the protection of inland surface waters (rivers and lakes), transitional waters (estuaries), coastal waters and groundwater to ensure that all aquatic ecosystems meet Good Status by 2015.

During the case the Judge asked the defendants to agree with the claimants what steps to be taken to progress WPZs in the future. An agreement was subsequently reached between the parties.

For further information, please contact
Mike Eames 07917 052948

Angling Trust
The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. 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 Legalare available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.

Find out all about the Angling Trust and its work or call us on 01568 620447

Has somebody high in NRW or the Welsh Government got an anti angling agenda?

We would usually put any Fish Legal posts under the newsletters tab, but the increasing gulf between the treatment of anglers and angling in England and Wales is particularly galling. In Wales we are treated with disdain by NRW senior management and the Assembly Government, in England angling is being encouraged and promoted. Has somebody in NRW or the Welsh Government got an anti angling agenda?


Tuesday, 17th November 2015

All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

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Thank you for subscribing for e-news from Angling Trust & Fish Legal and FishingInfo. In this edition there’s great news for the fight against angling related crime, plus a new £200,000 give-back to angling from rod licence funds as well as money saving member offers…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

Six retired police officers join Angling Trust’s fight against fisheries crime

Six former police officers have been appointed to help fight fisheries crime. It now means our enforcement team has a presence across the whole of the country. Read more HERE

Clubs and Fisheries: Help fight illegal fishing

If you hold a position at an angling club or fishery, or know someone who does, please do our survey at and help us crack down on rod licence crime.

Rod licence sales set to fund even more angling improvement projects

The Angling Trust and the Environment Agency are releasing an additional £200,000 of funding as part of the ‘Angling Improvement Fund’. This is sufficient to fund 50 projects. We will be hosting three workshops in November with advice on how to apply.

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Consultation closes for Scottish Government’s revised salmon kill licence proposal

The Scottish Government’s consultation on revised proposals for a new salmon ‘kill licence’ has closed. The original proposals were for a total ban on the killing of salmon except under licence. The revised proposals will allow for the killing of salmon by recreational anglers where the river can demonstrate ‘good conservation status’. The Scottish Government have published a map showing which rivers demonstrate ‘good conservation status’ which is mainly the famous east coast rivers. Whilst fishing organisations have concerns regarding the mechanics of how conservation status is established, the revised proposals have received a cautious welcome.

Fish Legal member suffers beaver damage

As members may know, there is currently an evaluation taking place in Scotland about selective re-introduction of beavers. There is also an escaped wild colony in Devon, the fate of which is currently being considered.

Unfortunately, beavers themselves are not so selective and our member’s fishery in the south of England is suffering worrying tree loss due to an unlawful escape of beavers from an adjacent property. At present our member has been advised to monitor tree damage, in particular to standing trees which are at risk of falling and causing damage due to the unexpected attention of Europe’s largest rodents.

Defra plans to tackle agricultural pollution

Defra has issued a consultation on proposed new rules for farmers in order to tackle agricultural pollution.

Somewhat coincidentally, the consultation follows the High Court’s recent decision to grant WWF-UK, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal permission to challenge Defra and the EA over their failure to protect England’s conservation sites from agricultural pollution. The consultation can be accessedhere should you wish to participate.

General News and Classifieds
Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing

Match A Hatch App

We really like this new app for trout anglers called Match A Hatch which does exactly what it says for just £2.99.
It has beautiful and detailed pictures of all the major dry flies from the highly respected Dr Cyril Bennett MBE, and suggestions for the artificial flies that imitate them.
It also provides a guide to the likely flies you will find hatching each month.
Angling Trust & Fish Legal Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said:
This app is really easy to use and I have found it very helpful for trying to work out what the trout are eating – they can be very picky!
“I’m sure it will help you catch more fish.
More details, including a video demonstration, or download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Download in November and 25% of the profits will support the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

Please Vote For Get Hooked on Fishing

Get Hooked on Fishing has been nominated for the ‘Achievement 2015′ category in Angling Times’ National Angling Awards for the Family Fishing campaign which engaged with 5,000+ anglers.
> Please go to and vote now!

Carp Society Winter Show
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November 2015

Come and meet Angling Trust Carp Team England Gold Medal Champions at the Carp Society Winter Show at Sandown Park (KT10 9AJ) along with amazing angling artistDusto. Team Manager Rob Hughes will be joined by some Carp Team members on both days to tell you all about gold winning bait, tactics and strategy that you can apply to your own angling. The boys are on stage Saturday at 2.15 joined by our Campaigns Chief Martin Salter who will have an update on the 3-rod licence issue.
Dusto will be graffiti spraying incredible pictures of carp – watch on as the art is produced on our stand. Don’t miss it – you can even commission a painting of your own fish from a capture-shot you have. Talk to Dusto…
PLUS: All your Winter Show favourites including celebrities, book signings, the latest products, bargains, FREE forums and FREE parking.
> Follow the event on Facebook and get it in your diary NOW!
> Buy advance tickets HERE

Bigger Thames TideFest Championship in 2016

The date for a bigger, better, Thames TideFest Angling Championship organised by the Angling Trust and Thames Water, will be Sunday, September 11th 2016 on the Thames in London.

Environment Agency “Rivercall” phone line closes

The Environment Agency “Rivercall” phone line is now closed but you can still get river level info free

Come and meet Polish Anglers for a pike fish-in

Our Building Bridges team join up with London Anglers Association for a friendly fish-in at Lynn Rd, Ely CB7 4TD on 28th November between 8:00am and 3:00pm. Spinning and deadbait only. A “Lure Angler’s Sweet Shop” with a tempting selection of soft-plastics from “Predator Maniac” will accompany a Polish Sausage BBQ afterwards.

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Unique reel making equipment for sale

Our Trade Member, Dave Lewthwaite is disposing of his production equipment for Lewtham Products well known and highly regarded centre-pin reels, including the Magnum Black and Blue, Leeds and Swift centrepins. Interested in preserving a bit of angling history? Contact Dave

Help us get more people fishing more often…
Our participation events and competitions are for anglers of all abilities. Get involved, come along, bring a friend and have a go! Don’t forget that occasional anglers and newcomers can buy a one-day or eight-day rod licence.

Calling All Sea Anglers:
Sea Angling Species Hunt – Have You Registered Yet?

We’ve just updated our Species Hunt for sea anglers pages with the latest results and news. The competition has great prizes and more chances to win
Please download and display the Species Hunt poster.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

RiverFest 2015 – come along to the final…

It’s the RiverFest final weekend this Saturday and Sunday so come along to see some of the UK’s leading river anglers on arguably our best running water venue. Parking, match length access and entry to the prize presentation is all FREE and Hereford town centre is a 5 minute walk away for those who don’t want to watch. The action kicks off at 10.30am and ends at 3.30pm each day.

> More info for spectators

Opportunity to join Angling Trust
Team England Fly Fishing Competitions Committee

The Angling Trust is inviting experienced, passionate and dedicated volunteers to join our Team England Fly Fishing Competitions Committee.

Enter the National Fishing League
Winter Season and win prizes

The National Fishing League Winter Season is underway but it’s not too late to register to win prizes. It’s FREE and you could be crowned National Fishing League Champion!

Member Offers
Angling Trust members get great special offers and discounts. There are more membership benefitson our website. To access these offers you will need a membership number so please join and support our campaigns for fish and fishing.

The biggest discounts on Bauer Media fishing magazines!

Angling Trust members get an amazing exclusive deal when they subscribe to one of Bauer Media’s fishing magazines (Angling Times, Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine, Sea Angler magazine, Trout and Salmon magazine and Trout Fisherman magazine).
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10% off EZ Feeda

EZ Feeda is a British company that has designed a single handed catapult for loose feeding bait. Angling Trust individual members get 10% of when they checkout online.

10% off Bank Tackle

Online specialists in carp tackle offering a huge range of high quality terminal gear, equipment and luggage. Great products and  customer service with free delivery on UK orders. Angling Trust individual members get 10% off when they checkout online.

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NRW develops new river restoration qualification

We look forward to this initiative being launched in North Wales (We hope!)

As a point of interest the photograph below is, we believe, of work being carried by a working party on the River Dee. North Wales anglers could be forgiven for feeling a bit left out.


The rivers of Wales are some of the country’s most valuable natural assets and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and its partners play an important role in their restoration and maintenance.

NRW has been working with Agored Cymru, the Welsh education and training awarding body to develop a brand new River Restoration Qualification which will benefit volunteers and Welsh rivers.

As part of a pilot NRW and Cambium Training have been supporting and training Groundwork Caerphilly, the South East Wales Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust of South West Wales to try out the new units.

Sue Williams, NRW Education, Learning & Sector Skills team Leader said:

“This qualification focusses on the skills needed for someone being introduced to river restoration either professionally or as a volunteer.

“It can be used by organisations to train their volunteers in river restoration work, share good practice, develop a consistent approach to river restoration and the volunteers get useful accreditation which they can use in their future career or just for fun.”

The level one qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop specific skills and on the job experience in river restoration and includes topics such as:

  • The legislation relating to rivers – what you need to know before starting work
  • How rivers are formed, different characteristics, human influences
  • Invasive Non-Native Species – what are they and how can we reduce their impact?
  • River Walkover surveys and using an ordnance survey map
  • Practical river restoration skills

This is the start of a developing suite of units that cover a wide range of topics on Outdoor Learning and Natural Resource Management.

Janet Barlow, Agored Cymru Chief Executive Officer said:

“It’s exciting to have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with Natural Resources Wales to develop this unique qualification.

“Our role, as the awarding organisation of choice for education and training providers in Wales, is to continue to develop real opportunities for talented and aspirational learners in Wales.

“Working outdoors in this environment is a great opportunity to develop new skills and gain valuable learning experience outside the classroom.”

Daniel Lewis, Natural Resources Planner, NRW added:

“Healthy rivers offer wide-ranging benefits for the environment, economy and the many people who use them for recreational activities.

“Natural Resources Wales is keen to support this exciting project that will help volunteers and communities reconnect with their local river. They will be able to make environmental improvements at the same time as enhancing their own job prospects.”

To find out more about Agored Cymru’s qualification contact Judith Archer at

More help for anglers in England: what's happening in Wales?

Yet another scheme to help anglers over the border. There appears to be a radically different approach to angling in England thanks to the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency. Are Welsh angers being treated with disdain? Is it the Welsh Government that it against us or NRW? The question has to be asked.

Rod licence sales set to fund even more angling improvement projects
Wednesday 11th November 2015

£200,000 to be spent between now and the end of March 2016

The Angling Trust and the Environment Agency are releasing an additional £200,000 of funding as part of the ‘Angling Improvement Fund’ to be spent between now and the end of March 2016, sufficient to fund up to 50 additional projects.

The move, which recognises the huge desire among anglers to develop their local facilities, has been made possible by good rod licence sales.

Funding will be available to a wide range of freshwater angling providers, including clubs, commercial fisheries and angling projects, and there is no requirement for applicants to be affiliated to the Angling Trust. Projects must be located in England and involve a form of fishing requiring the purchase of anEnvironment Agency non-migratory and coarse rod licence. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for successful projects. Clubs and fisheries can find out how to apply on the Angling Trust website

Sarah Chare, Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: “The Angling Improvement Fund is just one way we use rod licence money to work with partners for the benefit of angling. Healthy rod licence sales have enabled us to be able to put yet more money into these projects.

“I’m looking forward to seeing great results from the third and fourth rounds, especially those which encourage young people to give fishing a go and those which rejuvenate under-used or neglected fishing spots.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Angling Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to distribute even more money to the country’s best angling improvement projects. We appreciate how disappointed many clubs and fisheries with good bids were to have missed out in Rounds 1 and 2 and so we welcome the chance this extra funding gives us to look at those projects again.

“Funding will also be made available to new projects involving partnerships between clubs and fisheries and schools and for the creation, development and safeguarding of low-cost fishing at community waters, one of our National Angling Strategy priorities.”

What is the Angling Improvement Fund?
The Angling Improvement Fund (formerly known as the Fishery Improvement Fund), administered by the Angling Trust, provides financial support for urgent facilities and improvements at clubs and fisheries in England. It is one of the key elements in the new National Angling Strategic Services contract awarded to the Angling Trust as part of the delivery of the National Angling Strategy. So far this year the fund has distributed £115,000 of rod licence income to 31 projects across the country which will now soar to £315,000 with this announcement.

How do I apply for funding?
Full details of how to apply, the type of project for which funding is available, our workshops for clubs and fisheries on ‘Making Effective Funding Bids’ and application deadlines can be found on the Angling Trust website HERE.


Notes to Editors:
Winning projects from earlier rounds:
Details of some of the projects funded in the first two rounds of the Fund can be seen HERE:

National Angling Strategy:
The National Angling Strategy ‘Fishing For Life’ was launched in 2012 and sets out goals for increasing angling participation, for improving lives through fishing, for creating and saving local, low-cost fishing venues and for protecting the health of fish populations and habitats.

Angling Trust:
The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses 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. Find out all about the Angling Trust and its work at or call us on 01568 620447.
For more information about where to fish in England and Wales visit

Environment Agency
For the latest Environment Agency news click HERE. You can read the ‘Creating a better place’ blogHERE.

Buy A Rod Licence Today
Buying a rod licence online from the Post Office website is easy, and saves both time and administration costs, meaning that more of the income can be spent on improving fish stocks and fishing. You can buy your rod licence online HERE, at your local Post Office or by phoning 0344 800 5386.

Sea trout research: well worth a read

Atlantic Salmon Trust
Atlantic Salmon Trust
Report from the 2nd International Sea Trout Symposium
The symposium, which met in Dundalk, Ireland, provided a fascinating insight into recent research into all aspects of sea trout biology and behaviour.

In 2004 the 1st International Sea Trout Symposium was held in Cardiff. Sea trout have long been treated as the poor relations of salmon,, and this was the first major conference on this complex, and fascinating fish. It produced a series of recommendations for further research, and the 2nd symposium, which took place over three days in Dundalk, Ireland, provided an opportunity to review the progress that has been made in the intervening 11 years. The event lived up to its name, with papers on sea trout from the Baltic to the foothills of the Pyrenees as well as Britain and Ireland.

The overwhelming impression left by the symposium was the sheer diversity of trout behaviour. Sea trout in the river Teno in the North of Finland return to the river in late summer and overwinter there, with immature fish then migrating back to the sea and mature ones moving further up the system to spawn the following year. In parts of Britain and Ireland, on the other hand, finnock may return to the river after only a few months at sea, with some maturing and spawning the same year. Moreover, migrating to sea (anadromy) is only one of a range of life strategies that trout adopt. A study from Switzerland showed that trout there migrate to and from large lakes in much the same way that trout elsewhere migrate to sea, with the crucial difference that such freshwater to freshwater migrants do not need to become smolts to deal with the transition to freshwater.

The symposium showed how much research there has been into all aspects of trout biology and behaviour since the 1st symposium. The programme addressed a series of important questions: what causes trout to go to sea, and why do apparently similar populations behave very differently? What is the genetic structure of sea trout populations and what does this tell us about their origins? Where do sea trout go at sea and what do they feed on? What can we do to improve the monitoring of sea trout stocks? What is the impact of the various threats to sea trout? To try to answer these questions an important series of papers on the results of the EU-funded Celtic Sea Trout Project were presented, as well as a large number of other studies. . Inevitably, in some areas new research is undermining received ideas and showing that we know less than we thought we did. But in others there have been real advances in knowledge, particularly in the field of genetics and behaviour at sea.

Fascinating though the latest scientific research was, the symposium had a practical purpose: its title was From Science to Management, and the aim was to draw practical conclusions from the research that will help managers improve the management of their sea trout stocks.

One of these is that sea trout are great vagrants. While the evidence shows that the vast majority return to breed in their natal stream, sea trout frequently visit other estuaries and rivers. It should never be assumed that a sea trout found in the lower reaches of a river is a native of that river, and sea trout in estuaries may well come from a wide range of stocks. This has obvious implications for management.

Despite the many problems, there have been significant advances in modelling sea trout populations. This will eventually help managers assess better the state of their stocks. However, a number of issues still need to be resolved, such as the role of resident trout and of finnock. There is a clear need for more sea trout index rivers, so that all aspects of actual sea trout populations can be studied in depth. Work in Norther Ireland on the Shimna river showed what could be done.

An important finding from the Shimna was that some 85% of eggs in the system were contributed by larger sea trout that have spent at least one winter at sea. This is likely to be true of many other systems, and has obvious implications for management. If managers want to safeguard the main part of their spawning stock, they need to focus on conserving these fish; slot limits, requiring anglers to return fish with a defined size range, is one option.

Although we know much more than we did about sea trout at sea, there is still a lot more we need know- which is not surprising given how little we knew to start with. Areas for new work include tracking studies to give us more understanding of sea trout movements and behaviour in estuaries and around coasts, studies on diet and the role of coastal streams in contributing to sea trout numbers at sea.

One important topic that the symposium did not address was the importance of sea trout and sea trout fisheries to the economies and cultures of so many parts of Europe. An event concentrating on advances in science was probably not the place for this, but it is something that needs to be done.

Details of the symposium programme can be found on the symposium website - - and it is hoped to upload the presentations on to this, together with the poster papers displayed in the conference hall. In the longer term a full Proceedings, with peer-reviewed papers, will be published, and copies of this can be ordered on the website.

The symposium was very well organised by the principal sponsors, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland, and the AST played a prominent role in the preparations as one of the other sponsors and as one of the convenors. In all over 160 people from over 12 countries attended, and there was general agreement that we must not let another 11 years elapse until the 3rd symposium.

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Fish kill: extracted from NRW website

NRW launches investigation as thousands of fish killed


Our officers have launched an investigation after thousands of fish were killed in a north Wales stream.

Up to 3,000 fish are believed to have been killed on a mile long stretch of the Nant Mawr between Ruthin and Denbigh. They include salmon, sea trout, brown trout, eels and bullheads.

The incident is believed to have been caused by a blockage in the river. This has now been removed and river levels are expected to return to normal shortly.

However, the Nant Mawr is an important spawning stream for fish and the incident is likely to have a serious effect on fish populations in the area.

Nant Mawr is a tributary of the Clywedog which feeds the River Clwyd.

NRW officers warn that as the river flows return to normal, the carcasses are likely to be washed downstream.

The fish may have been dead for a few days and people are asked not to touch the carcasses and allow them to be washed away naturally.

Emyr Jones, leading the investigation for Natural Resources Wales, said:

“Fish such as trout and salmon are an important part of the ecology of our rivers and our economy.

“We are now investigating the cause of the blockage and will look at taking enforcement action against anyone who may be responsible.”

Wye Salmon Association Newsletter, including comments on hatchery closure

Click on the link below to see the newsletter

WSA Newsletter

Countryside Alliance: Take action for rural Wales

This is an appeal from the Countryside Alliance.

The closing of the hatcheries in Wales had an easy ride because there were just 100 responses to the consultation process. It was not made clear that those responses were submitted on behalf of many thousands of anglers. Don’t let them think we don’t care, we need you to respond, however briefly: PLEASE

Take action for rural Wales

Dear Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru supporter,

A new e-campaign has been launched to enable you to have your say on the ongoing access campaign - take part here.

With your help, we persuaded the Welsh Government not to bring in new legislation for access to the countryside when it published its green paper on the subject in 2014. We were told that this was because officials received an unprecedented volume of letters and emails from supporters of the status quo.

However, the Government has now launched a new consultation which could lead to new legislation opening up uncontrolled access to the countryside, to include rivers for canoes and white water rafts. We therefore need your help once again to persuade the Government that this would be a disaster for the sectors of the rural economy that depend on fishing, and that they should maintain the entirely sensible policy of supporting Voluntary Access Agreements, which make it possible for appropriate levels of access to be decided at a local level to reflect the conditions on each river.

We would encourage you all to respond to this consultation individually and as clubs. The Countryside Alliance has launched an e-lobby direct to the consultation team and you can add your own text to that letter. This is a short-fix and a more detailed comprehensive response will be sent by the CA in due course, however, to ensure that we have a large number of responses we would encourage you to forward the link and get as many supporters as possible to sign up. You can access the lobby at and the Welsh Government consultation can be read in full here.

Alternatively, you can send a letter to Landscape and Outdoor Recreation Branch, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR or e-mail: AccessandOutdoorRecreation@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK by 2nd October saying that you are responding to the consultation on ‘Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation’. You do not have to answer all the questions; you can just send a letter stating your views. It would also be helpful if you could write to your Assembly Member letting them know that, as a voter, you do not support proposals for uncontrolled access.

When responding to the consultation you might want to consider making the following points:

We believe that Voluntary Access Agreements (VAAs) are the best way to manage recreation responsibly on our rivers. For these to work, the canoeing governing bodies need to accept that VAAs will involve some reasonable restrictions on access to protect the property rights of angling clubs and riparian owners and to manage potential damage to the environment from watersports. This is the only thing standing in the way of more waters being opened up to canoeists.

It appears that some people in government think that Wales should have a similar system to access as in Scotland, where there are very few restrictions. The rivers in Wales are much smaller and less numerous than those in Scotland and there are far more people living in large cities near to those rivers. Even in Scotland there have been some serious impacts on the fishing economy because of the recent open access legislation.

Canoeists contribute very little to the rural economy; they tend to visit for the day and rarely spend much. Angling by contrast generates hundreds of millions for the economy, including millions in rod licence revenue. There is scope for anglers and canoeists to co-exist, but there need to be restrictions on canoeing to avoid an increase in canoeing being at the expense of angling, which is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in Wales, including numerous local angling clubs, and many visitors who tend to stay longer and spend more than canoeists. Angling Tourism does not seem to feature and we need to highlight its contribution to the economy.

You could also say that sustainable access to land and water must:

be agreed locally between the relevant parties to reflect the particular local conditions and pressures rather than being generally imposed by national regulations.
be managed to avoid conflict between users;
respect the rights of people to continue to enjoy existing legitimate activities without disturbance;
not cause unreasonable interference with the rights of landowners and lessees to enjoy their property;
not damage the natural environment or the ecosystem services it provides by causing damage to wildlife and habitats.
Over the past year, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal have spent many days and thousands of pounds challenging the canoeing governing bodies in Wales and England to stop putting out misinformation on their web sites and publications which give the impression that the current law relating to access to rivers is unclear. Some progress has been made, and the governing bodies have changed some of the statements in some areas of their web sites. However, there remains a widespread misconception that the law is not clear, and the Angling Trust and Fish Legal have hired a barrister (an eminent QC) to give a formal opinion to inform governments and the general public and to provide further challenge to the canoe governing bodies.

SACC is also looking into the cost of attending all the Welsh Party Political Conferences early next year to highlight the campaign. This will be very expensive to facilitate, however we feel that it is crucial to the campaign. Each conference will cost approximately £1,500.

If you haven’t yet made a donation to the SACC, or if you could afford to make another donation, please send a cheque payable to The Angling Trust to Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8DQ. Please mark your donation clearly for SACC and it will be devoted to SACC expenditure. Many thanks.

Thank you very much for your support and please don’t forget to respond to the consultation and/or write to your Assembly Member.

All best wishes

The SACC team
Secretary –


I attended the recent Board meeting of NRW at which the options they see as  available to address the issue of declining salmon and seas trout stocks, were presented . Clicking on the link below will open a copy of the presentation made to the board. Please take the time to look at the report and ponder the situation of our salmon and sea trout. Clearly the days of indiscriminately killing these fish for sport is at an end. We urge you to consider  voluntary catch and release to show that we anglers can and do take a responsible attitude to our sport and the survival of these two iconic Welsh fish species. Thanks to Peter Gough of NRW for letting us have a copy of the report of which he is the author.

In the meantime the fight to prevent the closure of Welsh hatcheries continues so it can only help if we all take a responsible attitude to our fishing. Tight lines

Assessment of salmon and sea trout stocks Wales

Atlantic Salmon - Lost at Sea

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Atlantic Salmon Trust
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Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea
I want introduce you to an exciting project supported by the Atlantic Salmon Trust: the film, ‘Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea!’

The producer is Deirdre Brennan who has been making this film for 6 years in the rivers of North America, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, and at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. It tells the story of the collapse in abundance of wild Atlantic salmon over the last thirty years.

The film records the urgent quest to try to solve the mystery of the salmon’s life at sea and to answer the question: ‘why are salmon dying in greater numbers than ever before in their ocean environment and not returning to their native rivers?’

The film, takes the viewer on a journey through the mysterious world of the King of Fish, and highlights some of the important research, conservation and restoration work of AST and others in all the wild Atlantic salmon countries. It describers the groundbreaking research programme to track salmon on their epic migration to try to find out why and where they are dying at sea.

Filming is now complete and it is ready to edit. In order to raise the last 10% of the budget needed, Deirdre has embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to bring in funds to finish the project. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform and in its 10 years has raised over $1.6 billion for creative projects, including many documentary films. All projects are vetted in advance. It is an all or nothing principle – if the goal is not reached, then no money changes hands. The campaign is for 30 days and will run from August 6th – September 5th. The goal is £30,000.

Please support this most worthwhile venture. Its aim is to raise public awareness about the plight of our salmon. The film will be used widely at national, regional and local levels to raise money for salmon conservation. By contributing money – as much as you can afford, no matter how small an amount – to the film you are therefore directly supporting our international campaign to save the salmon.

Please see the link below for more details:

AST, supported by the Spey, Dee and Esks District Fishery Boards, has already contributed £12,000 to the project. Please help us to finish the job, by donating through Kickstarter – even £5 would help. This is a story of hope, and a dynamic way with real urgency to increase public commitment to saving the iconic Atlantic salmon.

We need to act now to save wild Atlantic salmon. I trust we have your support.

With best wishes,

Tony Andrews
Director Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Trust, Suite 3/11, King James VI Business Centre, Friarton Road, Perth PH2 8DG
Tel: 01738 472032 – Email: -
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Trout and Salmon pitch

Well we tried and we were up against some real big hitters. That explains why the website has not been updated as regularly as usual. I was keen to leave the pitch announcement on our front page in the hope that it would drum up some more support.

To those of you that did vote for us, a great big thank you. To those of you that didn’t but voted for another pitch: well done you, at least  you participated. To those that did not vote: apathy will be our downfall, please take an interest; even if it’s bashing the Campaign! As for us: I think we done good!

My thanks to Trout and Salmon for selecting us: I will pen a thank you to them. I hoe that our participation raise the profile of the current efforts to challenge the decision by Natural Resources Wales to close all Welsh hatcheries when the salmon stocks in the great majority of Welsh rivers are in such decline and classified by NRW themselves as “at risk”. We at the Campaign started life  Environment Agency “bashing” before realising that the issue was not the Environment Agency but the Government starving the Environment Agency of funds. That realisation prompted us to try to work with, rather than against the Agency.  I should like to think that the current fractured relationship between many anglers and the new NRW can be repaired, after all we share the same aims as far as fisheries go: protection and improvement.

Trout and Salmon Magazine Pitches: we are in the final 8

We are delighted (thrilled actually) to announce that the Trout and Salmon Magazine has listed the Campaign bid for funds to challenge the closure of Welsh hatcheries.

This is your chance to vote for our pitch which is as follows:

“The Board of Natural Resources Wales has recently announced the closure of all hatcheries with the exception of a proposed ‘centre of excellence’ in Brecon Beacons National Park. The evidence presented to the Board to justify their closure was more than 200 papers, which NRW contends provide scientific evidence that hatchery-bred fish lose their genetic integrity and are less robust than their wild counterparts. It is our contention that the quoted documents do not provide such proof. Conclusions that NRW have drawn are based upon supposition. Economic considerations have been the driving factor, not the protection of salmon stocks. The papers quoted actually support the principle of mitigation stocking. Critically, most rivers in England and Wales are forecast to be either ‘at risk’ or ‘probably at risk’ by 2018. Our pitch is for an independent scientist to be appointed to assess the papers provided by NRW as evidence for their policy to close all hatcheries. The outcome should be clear and the result measurable.”

We are up against some mighty competitors, all of whom have good cases. We believe however that, under present circumstances, ours is the best. If you agree vote for pitch number 1

This link will take you to the Facebook page which lists all eight competing bids. If you support us please vote

Click here to read the Pitches

and don’t forget to go to

the voting site to actually vote That’s here

Just clicking that you like the pitch does not register at a vote

A big thanks to those of you who have already taken the time to vote.

The Angling Trust appeal for funds to protect fish from the turbines.

Angling Trust Media Release

Friday 29th May 2015

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Appeal Launched to Stop Tidal Lagoons Damaging Marine and Migratory Fish

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal have launched an appeal to raise funds to protect marine and migratory fish from hydropower tidal lagoons, which are now being proposed in the Severn Estuary, Colwyn Bay and the Solway Firth, with the potential for many more around our coastline.

This so-far untested technology could have serious impacts, on sea angling and on migratory fish that pass through inshore waters (primarily salmon and sea trout), almost anywhere around the British coastline. Please read on, give us your support and forward this e-mail to everyone you know who cares about fish and fishing!

Generating power from tidal lagoons is a new technology and there is a lot of uncertainty about the impact on fish, but there could be significant damage to local and regional populations of fish which are already under threat such as bass, flounder, cod, eels, lamprey, shad, salmon and sea trout which spend a lot of time in the estuaries where these lagoons will be located.  Juvenile and adult fish will pass through the turbines which will put them at risk of being killed, damaged or delayed from migrating up or down river, and their life-cycles will be disrupted to an unknown extent by the massive changes to tidal flows and aquatic ecology.

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is the first such scheme to be proposed anywhere in the world and a decision on planning approval is expected shortly from the new Government.  In our view the Environmental Impact Assessment submitted by the developers has not provided satisfactory evidence that the lagoon will not cause major damage to stocks, and their proposed mitigation (reflecting the limited extent to which they have accepted the risks) is in our view inadequate.

Fish Legal solicitors and the Angling Trust campaigns team have spent many weeks of work on the £1bn Swansea lagoon scheme alone, challenging the developers to provide better information, submitting objections to the planning authorities and getting our concerns aired on national radio and TV.

Three more, even larger, tidal lagoons are proposed for the Severn Estuary at Cardiff, Newport and Bridgwater Bay.  The proximity of these schemes to major rivers with runs of migratory fish, including several with international conservation designations for threatened salmon and other stocks, is likely to have unacceptable consequences.  The assessment in 2010 for the English and Welsh governments of the potential impact of two lagoons in the Severn estuary concluded that, even individually, they could cause the extinction of local fish stocks of internationally high conservation value in the rivers Wye, Severn and Usk.  There is no reason why these impacts would not also apply to fish migrating up the many significant salmon and sea trout rivers flowing into Colwyn Bay (North Wales) and the Solway Firth.

We hope that Government will appreciate the unacceptable costs and uncertainties associated with the Swansea Lagoon and that it will not go ahead.  However, in case the scheme is approved, we are already fighting for effective environmental protection built in to its design and operation, including a robust monitoring programme to assess the damage to the local environment and dependent interests; to provide the information needed so that the lagoon’s operation can be adjusted to reduce that damage; and to maximise the lessons for the construction and operation of other proposed lagoons.

Unless hydropower tidal lagoons can be demonstrated to be safe for marine and migratory fish, we will do everything possible, with our limited resources, to fight to stop them being built.


Note to Editors:

  • Donations should be made payable to Fish Legal and sent to Eastwood House, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8DQ.  Alternatively please ring 01568 620447 during office hours to make a donation using a credit or debit card.  Please specify in both cases that you want your donation to support the Tidal Lagoon Campaign.
  • There is more information about the concerns about the Swansea proposals on the Pontardawe and Swansea Angling Society page:


Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive – Angling Trust and Fish Legal. , 07973 468198

Angling Trust

The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using that uses 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.

Find out all about the Angling Trust and its work or call us on 01568 620447

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