Last update: 21st October 2017

There is a new tab  ANGLING TRUST added to the site. Please look there to see the Angling Trusts updates and initiatives, we need the level of action in Wales that the Angling Trust is providing in England.

Fish stocks 'not being protected' by Natural Resources Wales

Click this link to see the BBC item on this subject. For the record, NRW enforcement staff are generally hard working and dedicated, there are just far too few and the few working really hard feel they are overworked, under resourced and desperate to be able to do the job properly.  CLICK HERE    Thanks to Wynne Griffiths for the link.

NRW Salmon And Sea Trout Catch Controls 2017 CONSULTATION

This is the link to the consultation documents and response form NRW advise us that you may respond by letter/email but they would prefer you to use the form. We urge you to follow this link and respond: Thank you.

CLICKHERE   When you get to the page, scroll down to the bottom where there is a list of documents, the response form is the second one down on the left: the only word document on the selection.

Sorry we are so late posting this link, I though I did it some time ago.

Otters and predation on fisheries

I thought you may like to look at the two links below, both of which relate to otter predation on fisheries

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Trout and Salmon Magazine against compulsory C&R

Andrew Flitcorft, the editor of Trout and Salmon Magazine has kindly allowed us to publish his Editors Letter as included in the September issue. Thank you Andrew and Trout and Salmon Magazine

His view:

“Anglers are once again being used as political pawns by authorities
who haven’t got the balls to deal with the big issues”

To read the full letter click on this link    Editors letter

Wales, the first country in the world to leave a species to become extinct? In this case salmonids.

NRW have replied to the FOI request by saying they did not make any such comment. 4/10/17

This a a quote taken directly from a letter produced by Angling Trust and Afonydd Cymru and sent to Lesley Griffiths A.M. Cabinet Secretary. We are awaiting a response to a freedom of information request for a copy of the document proffering this advice to the Welsh Government. We will keep you posted.

“Our recent meeting with your officials revealed nothing of substance nor any future plans or direction, save to learn that NRW had advised that climate change would bring a premature end to our migratory fisheries, thus making them not worthy of further attention”

Salmon trapped in hydro turbine

Chris, thought you would be interested to see this video on you tube. NRW have been advised that this happens and have been asked to reconsider their fish pass designs on hydro schemes. We await a response.

Click here to see video

Welsh Government Consultation: canoeists again!

The Welsh Government is consulting on

Taking forward Wales’ sustainable management of natural resources

This consultation includes

Page 38. Proposal 11

To amend or revoke the following list of restrictions on access, provided in Schedule 2(1) of the CRoW Act 2000:

(b) uses a vessel or sailboard on any non-tidal water;

(c) has with him any animal other than a dog;

(i) bathes in any non-tidal water; and

(s) engages in any organised games, or in camping , hang-gliding or para-gliding.

ONCE AGAIN THERE IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO FACILITATE THE FREE ACCESS OF CANOEISTS TO OUR RIVERS. It is important that as many of you as possible respond to this consultation, even if only to this issue. No need to fill in the whole document, just the question relation to free access to waterways, which includes rivers.

Link to consultation page at Welsh Government website click here

Here you can download the documentation     Consultation document   from this site.

If you wiah to read the document and respond on line, then this is the link click here




Mark Isherwood A.M. speaks out for anglers: again


Wednesday June 7th 2017




Following the publication of a report highlighting a “serious decline in fishing in Wales”, North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called for a Welsh Government Statement on the protection of fisheries in Wales.


Speaking in this week’s Business Statement, Mr Isherwood said issues regarding the failure to protect fisheries in Wales, in consequence of Welsh Government policy, were covered in the national angling paper ‘The Angler’s Mail’.


He said:  


“This highlighted a serious decline in fishing in Wales. It said that the Welsh equivalent of the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, had been branded no longer fit for purpose by fishing and environmental groups, and that of the 6,886 reports of water pollution that Natural Resources Wales received between 2013 and 2016, only 60 per cent were investigated, and there were just 41 prosecutions and 10 civil sanctions, amounting to less than 1 per cent of incidents reported.


“It said ‘There has been a steep decline in fish numbers in recent years in Wales.The regulator needs to take a much tougher stance but…The organisation is unwieldy, too bureaucratic and they don’t seem to have a strategy’.


“They did say that they were meeting with officials in the Welsh Assembly, by which I presume they mean the Welsh Government, to demand action, concluding that there’s been a national failure of Welsh Government to tackle the problem. Given particularly their reference to Welsh Government in the article, and their reference to a meeting with officials, could we have a statement to bring us up to date not only on what was concluded, but what actions, if any, have resulted?”


The Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, told Mr Isherwood “it would be helpful if you wrote to the Cabinet Secretary on this matter as her officials are already engaged in that discussion,”


It is with great reluctance that I add this item from the Anglers Mail. The fisheries team at EAW work hard and are enthusiastic and  dedicated to their work: there are just too few of them. Our environment is far too important to be neglected!

Please click on the link below to see the Anglers Mail article.

Anglers Mail May 9th 2017

Are NRW to reconsider hatchery closure?

The .pdf document below is a copy of a letter written by Mr John Roe, Chairman of the Dee Fisheries Association, to Mr Tim Jones, Executive Director of Operations North and Mid Wales. The letter includes an attachment, written by Mr Chris White, setting out the arguments against the closure and the basis of his conclusions.

Well worth a read, just click on the link below.

Letter to Tim Jones

Hatchery closures: we are appealing for a NRW rethink.


NRW's briefing note - Catch and release the latest news.

The briefing note issued by NRW to the Local Fisheries Advisory Groups clarifying the current position regarding catch and release, can be seen by clicking on the link below. Worth a read

Briefing update

Angling Trust: the definative answer to the rights of paddlers.

Members’ News

Welcome to your new-look newsletter

Thursday, 26th January, 2017

QC’s legal advice proves there is no general public

right to navigate non-tidal rivers in England and Wales


Fish Legal and the Angling Trust have been working very hard for many years to resolve the ongoing problems with widespread unlawful canoeing. This week we published three opinions from a QC which confirm that the law is entirely clear that there is no general public right of navigation in England and Wales, and we reported on the conclusion of a legal case against a canoeist in North Wales who refused to respect the terms of a very reasonable access agreement.


We live in hope that this new information will reduce trespass onto our members’ waters and that the canoeing governing bodies will now start supporting voluntary access agreements that allow more canoeing on rivers, but without damaging fish and fishing. ▶︎ Read more


Help protect fishing and get the chance to win a day’s shooting for you and 7 pals worth £15,000

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal need your support for our campaigns and legal action to protect fish and fishing. For just £100, you can have a very good chance of winning a day’s shooting for you and up to 7 other guns at the prestigious Hurdcott/Compton Chamberlayne shoot in Wiltshire, complete with a fine lunch served at Hurdcott House.

Tickets are strictly limited to 300, so the odds are good, particularly if everyone in your team buys a ticket! Tickets must be sold by 31st March 2017 at the latest but might sell out sooner, so enter now to avoid missing out.

No, Ministers! You’re wrong

English and Welsh Fisheries Ministers have been challenged by the Angling Trust to correct misleading statements they published regarding targeted netting for threatened stocks of sea bass, which they said would still be legal in 2017. In fact, EU ministers have ruled that only “unavoidable by-catches” are legal.

Read more

Fundraising Dinner, Wednesday 3rd May

Following the success of last year’s event, we are holding another dinner on Wednesday, 3rd May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London to raise money for Fishing For Schools, Casting For Recovery and the Angling Trust & Fish Legal’s campaigns to protect fisheries. There will be fantastic food and wine, a very brief auction of high value items and a silent auction of more affordable lots with ipads on the table.


A table of 10 costs £3,000, and individual tickets are £300.  Whether you are coming alone, with your partner, or with a group of 9 friends, please book soon to avoid missing out!  Please also let us know if you can donate a suitable lot to help us raise funds for these great causes. To book tickets or donate something for the auction, please contact Pippa Chambers on 020 7840 9258 or

Want to join our

volunteer bailiffs?

Our dedicated army of volunteers are making a real difference in the fight against illegal fishing and fish theft. The Voluntary Bailiff Service acts as the “eyes and ears” on riverbanks and lakes and work closely with the Environment Agency, police and other partners.

The VBS is open for new recruits and will be holding induction and training days in spring. Anyone interested in joining the VBS should email


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Crucian waters: updated list

There’s a new list of crucian waters available on the Angling Trust website. It’s been compiled by the National Crucian Conservation Project who have graded the waters according to how they have been managed. If you’re aware of other true crucian waters not on the list email Angling Trust Campaigns Officer James Champkin at


Environmental flaw in Hendry report

The Government’s Hendry report – which gave a cautious backing for the financial case for tidal lagoons – has failed to examine the environmental impact of these colossal developments or to consider alternative technologies to generate tidal power which are currently being developed. Natural Resources Wales has already said the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon could have a major impact on fish, such as salmon and sea trout.


Hydro application ‘falls’ from favour

Fish Legal – working with the ‘Save the Conwy’ group on behalf of several member clubs – celebrated the refusal of a controversial hydroelectric power scheme in October. The scheme for a small scale hydro unit at the iconic Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen was a re-submission of an earlier proposal and led to conservationists, canoeists, walkers and anglers uniting in opposing the proposals put before the Snowdonia National Park Authority

This victory was reinforced by Natural Resources Wales who last month refused the abstraction licence necessary for such a scheme. The decision was a welcome Christmas present to our member clubs with whom we had fought to persuade the regulators against authorising such a disproportionately invasive project.

Testwood abstraction reaches crunch point

Southern Water’s longstanding plans to build a pipeline to transfer potentially large quantities of water from the lower River Test to the lower River Itchen have come to a head.

Licence change applications on both rivers are now being reviewed by the Environment Agency (Testwood/Test) and Secretary of State for Environment (Otterbourne/Itchen), and a planning application for the pipeline is due to be submitted at the end of February. In the meantime, Angling Trust and Fish Legal are meeting the company to raise concerns on behalf of our members who would be affected.

Try Canals

Did you know that 50% of the population of England live within five miles of a canal? That means that you’re likely to have a brilliant fishery right on your doorstep! Canals are now well known as fantastic fisheries for species like big carp and perch which can be targeted with a variety of methods including fly fishing! You can find where to fish from the Canal & Rivers Trust and Angling Trust members get 50% off their Waterways Wanderer permit which gives access to miles of waters not controlled by angling clubs for just £10!

▶︎ We’re running events for families to fish together or for anglers to get back into angling. They are all FREE to attend and tackle and bait is included too. You’ll find a link to special Let’s Go Family Fishing events here.

▶︎ We are hearing about brilliant sea angling catches all around the coast so that’s another reason to join our friendly Species Hunt for a chance to win £2,300 worth of TronixPro prizes. It’s free to enter and there’s tips on the Species Hunt’s Facebook page. Register here.


This YouTube video is well worth a listen, it lasts for almost an hour but but is educational and answers many questions about particularly the reason for the decline in grilles runs. It relates to the River Tweed, but after watching you will see that it is as relevant to all our salmon rivers as it is to the Tweed. The speaker Jens Christian Holst is Norwegian so his accent makes listening a little difficult, but believe me its worth making the effort.

Click here to watch and listen to the presentation