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FEDERATION OF WELSH GAME ANGLERS: THE LAUNCH

TODAY MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE FEDERATION OF WELSH GAME ANGLERS

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Angling on the telly. Another English initiative.

England leading the way: AGAIN

This is beginning to feel like the Angling Trust website.

I see the visit Wales adverts are making a big issue of canoeing in Wales: still no mention of the great fishing. Has somebody in the Welsh Government got it in for angling in Wales?

 

 

Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday, March 22nd, 2016 Angling Trust Logo
Angling is back on telly as Trust’s Rob Hughes announces mega TV deal with BT SportWell known angler and presenter Rob Hughes has been signed up by BT Sport in a mega deal that will see angling taken into the homes of millions of viewers.The broadcasting giants have thrown their support behind a host of new angling shows which will include both competition highlights and a ‘Top Gear-style’ fun and entertaining fishing show.Hughes, Angling Promotion Officer with the Angling Trust, said: “I’m over the moon to be working with  BT Sport and all the brilliant energy and creativity that comes with it. Our sport is magnificent and we are one of the leaders on the international competition scene.”As anglers we need to see more of the big events televised and the wider public needs to know just how good England are as an angling nation.”Hughes, who has already revolutionised angling event coverage and himself has netted two world titles in carp fishing, added: “Part of my role with the Angling Trust and Sport England is to promote participation within our sport and I aim to do exactly that.

“Taking angling to a wider audience is exactly what we need and showing the public how good we are, and also the fantastic benefits of angling, are vitally important to the future of our sport.”

The agreement will see 27 new programmes being made for BT Sport made up of 15 event highlights shows to be broadcast shortly after the event, and a magazine-style series of 12 programmes covering all disciplines of the sport, and featuring star guests, fun challenges and a look into some of the conservation and environmental benefits of angling.

Events to be included are UK Champs, British Carp Champs, Match This, Parkdean Masters, World Predator Classic, World Carp Classic, World Feeders, Floats, Carp and Lure Championships plus two other events made especially for TV.

The first of the competition highlights shows will be broadcast in May with the magazine show airing in late autumn.

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Further information:

Rob Hughes:  rob.hughes@anglingtrust.net   07495 433630

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.

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

Three MPs lend their political support to help save three fish species

 

Why are the English so proactive in supporting such initiatives?

Why is the Welsh Assembly apparently failing to show even the slightest interest?

Angling Trust Media Release

3 March 2016. Immediate Release

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Charles Walker MP, Salmon Species Champion, with David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager of the Angling Trust

Salmon, eels and bass get new champions in Parliament

Three MPs lend their political support to help save three fish species

Charles Walker MP (Broxbourne, Atlantic salmon), Jon Cruddas MP (Dagenham and Rainham, European eel) and Scott Mann MP (North Cornwall, sea bass) have become three of the first MP ‘Species Champions’ in England after lending their political support to protection and restoration of threatened stocks of fish.

Iconic and threatened English species are being ‘adopted’ by MPs across England, who are acting as ‘Species Champions’ to help improve the future of these species.  From the smooth snake to the nightingale, 20 English species currently facing significant threats have been identified and put up for adoption.

The Angling Trust proposed these three fish species as a contribution to the initiative because they are among the most threatened of all fish.

The initiative was launched this month by a coalition of organisations including RSPB, Buglife and the Angling Trust.  This follows a successful model in Scotland, and a trial in the South West of England in 2014.

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): Salmon were once abundant and widespread in English rivers but in 2014, of England’s 42 principal salmon rivers 10 were assessed as being ‘at risk’ of not achieving their conservation limits in at least four out of five years, 28 ‘probably at risk’ and 10 ‘at risk’.  None was deemed to be ‘not at risk’.

European eel (Anguilla anguilla): Recent official advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to the EU is that whilst there has been a slight increase in glass eel recruitment, the status of stocks remains critical.  ICES advice is for all human-caused mortality (e.g. recreational and commercial fishing, hydropower, and pollution) to be reduced to as close to zero as possible until there is clear evidence of a continued increase in both recruitment and the adult stock.

Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax): over-fishing, increasing fishing effort, targeting of spawning and juvenile aggregations and successive years of recruitment failure have led to the stock reaching its lowest-ever recorded level.  In December 2015 the EU Council of Ministers agreed a package of conservation measures for 2016 which is estimated to result in reported landings of bass in 2016 of 1,660tonnes – over three times the amount advised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said:

“We are very grateful to our MPs for agreeing to champion the cause of these three iconic species in Parliament.  The Angling Trust has provided them all with detailed briefings about their species and what they can do to encourage decisions in parliament to help restore healthy populations.  We hope that this initiative will provide a brighter future for salmon, eels and bass, by increasing understanding in the political community of the challenges these fish face.”

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

Download the Atlantic salmon species sheet

Download the European eel species sheet

Download the European bass species sheet

Voluntary Bailiff Service to tackle illegal fishing now live in the Midlands

Another English initiative. Come on NRW surely you can do something similar? Are Welsh anglers second class anglers or have NRW a more pro active initiative to bring forward?

Angling Trust Media Release

Friday, 26th February, 2016

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Voluntary Bailiff Service to tackle illegal fishing now live in the Midlands

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency partnership has now made possible the keenly anticipated national roll-out of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS), following a pilot project in the South East.

The Midlands was the third VBS region to go ‘live’ on Saturday, 20th February. This region includes Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, with 33 successful applicants attending the inaugural mandatory induction day held near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

The event was jointly hosted by Angling Trust Midlands Regional Enforcement Manager Kevin Pearson, a retired West Midlands Police inspector, and Environment Agency VBS Project Manager Adrian Brightley.

Kevin Pearson said: “This was a fantastic day for angling in the Midlands with 33 volunteers joining Phase 1 Voluntary Bailiff Service and offering their support to the Environment Agency and the Police in tackling poaching and all angling-related crime. I am very optimistic about the future and already have more volunteers ready to join at the next induction later in the year.”

The event was attended and supported by the Environment Agency together with Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, and PC Paul Lambon from West Mercia Constabulary.

PC Lambon, a key-player in Operation Leviathan, a high profile multi-agency, multi-force, operation focussing on illegal fishing and fish theft, said: “From a policing perspective I am extremely pleased the Voluntary Bailiff Service is now up and running in our area. It’s early days and we shouldn’t expect to see huge changes overnight, but by working together we will make a difference: we are stronger together.”

Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer Chris Ponsford contributed to training at the induction and said: “The Environment Agency welcomes the opportunity to work with enthusiastic volunteers to help us in our continuing crackdown on illegal fishing and those that cheat angling by not buying a licence.

“We take illegal fishing very seriously. Anyone fishing illegally can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine. The Volunteer Bailiff Service is an additional resource we can call on in the fight against evasion and illegal fishing.”

Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “Protecting fish and fisheries is surely important to all anglers and it is great to see freshwater rod licence income being constructively spent in this way.

“Some find it hard to understand why Phase 1 Volunteer Bailiffs have no power – this is because Phase 1 volunteers fulfil a crucial role: reporting information and evidence for the police and Environment Agency to act upon. This is because the entire system is ‘intelligence-led’ – meaning that such reports, and those from anglers and the wider public, are absolutely essential.

“Our volunteers are trained to make reports to a high evidential standard, and help raise awareness. Policing methods have changed, so to properly support the Environment Agency in particular, we have to respond to this.”

Sarah Chare, Deputy Director for Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology at the Environment Agency said; “I really welcome our partnership with the Angling Trust volunteers, which is funded entirely by anglers’ rod licence fees, and the support given by the police. This will make a huge contribution to our efforts to reduce illegal fishing and rod licence evasion.”

By 12th March, similar inductions will have been held in all six regions across England – meaning that Operation Clamp Down 4, the annual multi-agency initiative focussing on illegal fishing during the coarse close season, will be a national operation for the first time.

England looking after its fisheries: what is Wales doing? 2

Angling Trust Media ReleaseWednesday, 17th February, 2016 Angling Trust Logo
North West Voluntary Bailiff Service Launch and InductionThe Angling Trust and Environment Agency partnership has now made possible the long-awaited national roll-out of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS), which has been a pilot project for four years in the South East.The North West was the first of five new VBS regions to go ‘live’ on Saturday, 13 February, 2016. This region includes Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, with 22 successful applicants attending the inaugural mandatory induction day held in Manchester.

The event was jointly hosted by Angling Trust NW Regional Enforcement Manager Dave Lees, a retired Greater Manchester Police officer, and Environment Agency VBS Project Manager Adrian Brightley.

Dave Lees said: “This was a very significant day, being the birth of the VBS for North West England. All candidates have been closely vetted. The quality, enthusiasm and knowledge of our volunteers, combined with professional training, will greatly support and assist the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries in this region. This is just the start: recruitment is a constant process, with another induction being held next autumn.”

The event was attended and supported by the Environment Agency together with Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, Wildlife Crime Officers from Lancashire Constabulary, and Lorraine Ellwood, the force’s Rural & Wildlife Crime Coordinator, who said: “This was a great opportunity to meet Angling Trust volunteer bailiffs and EA partners, and understand their role. Networking is key and training essential – this was an opportunity for both!  This has opened up new lines of discussion between the police, EA and the Angling Trust which will lead to improved partnership working.”

Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer Ian Wood contributed to training at the induction and said: “On meeting the Angling Trust’s new volunteer bailiffs for the first time, I was extremely impressed by their enthusiasm. It is heart-warming to meet to such a like-minded group of true anglers – who obviously care passionately enough about fishing and the environment to step forward and volunteer. Each volunteer was genuinely eager to make their own real contribution to better targeted enforcement, conserving wildlife and protecting fish stocks.”

Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “Protecting fish and fisheries is surely important to all anglers and it is great to see freshwater rod licence income being constructively spent in this way. Some find it hard to understand why at Phase 1 VBS has no power, however – but this is because Phase 1 volunteers fulfil a crucial role: reporting information and evidence for the police and Environment Agency to act upon. This is because the entire system is ‘intelligence-led’ – meaning that such reports, and those from anglers and the wider public, are absolutely essential. Our volunteers are trained to make reports to a high evidential standard and help raise awareness. Policing methods have changed, so to properly support the Environment Agency in particular, we have to respond to this.”

By 12 March 2016, similar inductions will have been held in all six regions across England – meaning that Operation Clamp Down 4, the annual multi-agency initiative focussing on illegal fishing during the coarse close season, will be a national operation for the first time.

The English protecting their fisheries. What about ours NRW?

Angling Trust Media Release

Tuesday, 16th November, 2016

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Joint effort to tackle fisheries-related crime in North East

The Angling Trust says it is looking forward to a further crackdown on fisheries-related crime, which will help to protect fish across North East England.

Representatives of four police forces – NorthumbriaDurham,Cleveland and North Yorkshire – and senior fisheries officers from the Environment AgencyNorthumbrian Water, the Tyne Rivers Trust, the Wear Rivers Trust and the Angling Trust have agreed to work together to help tackle the problem.

It follows a meeting in Newcastle upon Tyne co-ordinated by Giles Evans, Angling Trust’s Regional Enforcement Manager for the North East, highlighting the link between fisheries-related crimes and other forms of crime, such as wildlife, rural, business, organised and hate.

Giles explained how multi-agency partnership work involving the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service and the Voluntary Bailiff Service was making a difference in other parts of the country. These initiatives form part of a contract from the Environment Agency won by the Angling Trust and funded by the income from angling rod licences.

The new partnership in the North East will extend Operation Traverse – a multi-agency agreement already operating in East Anglia and East Midlands to clamp down on illegal fishing, poaching and other fisheries-related crime – and will formally be rolled out before April 1st.

Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager, said: “This is excellent work to build on the existing partnership approach in the North East  that is also happening elsewhere in England.

“This is all about a shared responsibility and working together with a bigger picture very much in mind. Building on the success of the Environment Agency local enforcement team and partners, this is an exciting development, further protecting fish and fisheries in North East England, contributing to both the Rural Crime Strategy and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit’s ‘Project Poacher’, aimed at raising awareness of the wider criminality connected with poaching in all its forms.

“The Angling Trust and the Environment Agency very much welcome the support of our partners and look forward to working together on Operation Traverse in particular.”

Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, added that “with an increasing amount of stakeholders working together on a more coordinated basis, there is a real chance that fishery crime, poaching, wildlife crime and other related criminal activity has more chance of being tackled effectively. I look forward to the on-going collaboration arising from this very positive energy.”

Giles Evans said: “I am really pleased that Operation Traverse will be rolled out in the North East. There was genuine desire among everyone involved to make this a success.”

Dave Edwardson, Environment Agency Enforcement Team Leader, added: “We have enjoyed considerable success working with police and others over the years to combat illegal fishing. This new initiative is very welcome, reinforcing and extending the partnership approach and securing ongoing protection for our freshwater fisheries.”

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N R W Fisheries bulletin: February 2016

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the above bulletin. Highlighted are the mitigation works both current and planned for the Welsh Dee,  Afon Mynach, Afon Wygyr Afon Angell, Afon Mawddach and Afon Seiont, together with other news items of interest to anglers.

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Coed y Brenin Fishing conference

NRW have kindly let me have copies of the presentation that took place at the above. They are well worth a look, particularly salmon survival at sea and the Celtic Sea Trout reports.

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Forest, fisheries and water workshop

A workshop was held to bring together representatives from the forestry, fisheries and water sectors to discuss topics relevant to these groups. To see teh presentations and other documents used as part of the various presentation. click on the highlighted link here.

Workshop 20th March 2013

The Gateway Centre, Shrewsbury

A workshop was held to bring together representatives from the forestry, fisheries and water sectors to discuss topics relevant to these groups.

The workshop had good attendance and was welcomed as a productive way to discuss the topics under consideration. A series of introductory presentations were followed by consideration of sustainable forest management, fisheries and water from each sector. Two specific topics were then introduced followed by question and answer sessions: managing forests in acid sensitive catchments and the use of cypermethrin in forestry.

For more information contact: Michelle Van-Velzen:
michelle.van-velzen@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

The legal position about canoe access

 

Angling Trust Members News

Monday 18 January 2016

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Update to SACC supporters from Angling Trust & Fish Legal regarding the legal position about canoe access

Last year, Fish Legal, working closely with the Angling Trust, challenged the Canoe Governing Bodies (British Canoe Union/British Canoeing, Canoe England and Canoe Wales) to get them to change the information that they were publishing suggesting that the law regarding rights of access to rivers is unclear in England and Wales.  This included reference to the academic works of Rev Dr Douglas Caffyn.  We felt that this information was contributing to a widespread increase in unlawful canoeing.  We have spent many months of work and several thousands of pounds on this legal case and we are making slow but significant progress. This included commissioning an eminent QC to advise on the legal position and review the works of Rev Dr Caffyn.  The QC’s Advice is very clear.  The summary of the Advice is set out below and we aim to publish the full document (which runs to 19 pages) in the coming weeks after further discussion with the Canoeing Governing Bodies.
Thank you very much for your support of the Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru, which has made a contribution to the costs of commissioning this Advice.
Advice Summary
1. There is no general Public Right of Navigation (PRN) on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers for canoeists.
2. A PRN can only be established by long use of vessels on the relevant stretch of river, fulfilling all of the criteria below.
3. That use must have been regular and habitual, and must have made the river of substantial practical value as a channel of communication or transport.
4. The time for which that use must be established is “time immemorial.”
5. The law is entirely clear on the above issues.
6. The law is, however, not absolutely clear on how long is required to establish “time immemorial”, but it is likely that between 60 to 80 years of use needs to be established by those who assert a PRN.
7. Additionally, the use must also not have been under protest from the riparian owners, or by permission from them. On the contrary, use cannot be established unless it is shown that the owners have acquiesced with the passage of canoeists or other vessels throughout the period of use.
8. A PRN, if established, does not entitle paddlers to walk on the soil of the river bed or indeed go onto the river banks, again unless long usage of either has been established as against the owners.
9. In the absence of a PRN established by use, and assuming there is no agreed access, express dedication, or a statutory PRN, canoeists will be trespassing when they paddle in non-tidal waters.
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Atlantic Salmon Trust Annual Review

Please note that in teh paragraph headed Environment Agency Salmon Summit, there is reference to Scotland and England taking the salmon issue seriously. Why no mention or NRW or Wales?

Atlantic Salmon Trust Annual Review

New Leadership for AST

A new Chairman, Executive Director and refreshed Board of Directors were appointed at the December 2015 AGM at Fishmongers Hall following the retirement of current post-holders. The announcement of Robbie Douglas-Miller as Chairman, and Sarah Bayley Slater as Executive Director, has been made separately. There is more about the new appointments at the end of this message.

A Declining Species, but Grounds for Optimism?

2015 was the year when worries about salmon survival prompted measures to be taken to find ways of reducing marine mortality. The emphasis on migration mapping and research comes at a time when there are some grounds for optimism over things that can be done to increase numbers of returning adult salmon. Any optimism, however, should be seen in the context of the continuing decline of salmon and grilse, especially in their southern range. The fragility of southern European multi-sea-winter stocks, which includes all UK and Irish rivers, is of concern, as is poor survival of maturing one-sea-winter fish (grilse) and post smolts.

NASCO’s International Salmon Summit in 2011 concluded that climate change is the underlying driver of salmon decline. Ocean warming affects cold-water prey species, forcing salmon to find new feeding areas. In fresh water some rivers are now subject to extreme summer low-water and high temperature conditions, in which both adult and juvenile salmon struggle to survive. Some people feel that little can be done in these circumstances; but there is also a growing awareness that human exploitation of salmon, and manmade obstructions in fresh and saltwater environments, can be reduced to increase numbers of returning adult fish. AST’s involvement in leading, coordinating or supporting research into risks to survival in coastal waters and open seas are the basis of the Trust’s new strategy.

The Scottish Government Takes Action

The elimination of Scottish coastal netting is a huge step forward in protecting returning adult fish, as is the commitment of the angling community to catch and release. Both measures will guarantee that more wild Atlantic salmon spawn successfully. Mixed stocks netting in England, with Northeast drift nets and T&J coastal nets, needs to be addressed too. Now we must protect outgoing smolts as well as the incoming adults.

Salmon Farming: the Next Challenge

The single outstanding issue, which probably damages salmon and sea trout migrations far more than realised to date, is the impact of open-cage salmon farming on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. AST has been at the forefront of encouraging the industry to develop sustainable production by adopting new technologies and practices, including closed containment. The salmon farming issue will be addressed in a special session at the next international meeting of NASCO in June 2016. Action is long overdue.

What are the Risks to our Post-Smolts?

The fate of smolts in lower rivers, estuaries and coastal waters also needs to be better understood, and remedial actions taken. The same applies to accidental killing of salmon at sea by pelagic trawlers. AST is involved in these areas, with the following examples of work:

Acoustic Tracking — Salmon and Sea Trout

AST is encouraging post smolt tracking programmes by Salmon Fishery Boards and Trusts. Pilot work on the Dee will be carried out in close co-operation with Marine Scotland. The forthcoming AST & Dee Trust Seminar / Workshop in Aberdeen, in mid-February, should provide an ideal opportunity for those interested in co-operating in a more closely co-ordinated programme of work, to plan how to achieve this..

Innovative use of eDNA – Impacts of the Pelagic Fisheries on Salmon Post-Smolts

Work is progressing well in assessing the efficacy of a new Atlantic salmon eDNA probe, which is being tested as part of an AST funded research project in University College Dublin. The probe has been field tested on samples from the 2015 salmon fishery along the west coast of Ireland and on remnant salmon DNA material collected from the Burrishoole salmon index site. It is planned to use the probe to test water from holds, nets and storage tanks of pelagic boats fishing along the migration pathways of post-smolts in spring 2016.

Follow-up to the Sea Trout Symposium 2015 at Dundalk, Ireland

AST was central in organising this event as a follow-up to the ground-breaking conference in 2004. Following that event we recognised that sea trout were a neglected species. Publication of Sea Trout Facts was followed by a portfolio of research projects designed to build knowledge and improve management of these polymorphic fish. The focus on sea trout led AST’s work towards an emphasis on estuaries and the coastal zone which is also crucially important to salmon. The 2015 Dundalk Symposium encouraged us to refresh, fund and initiate a new sea trout research programme and provided useful guidance for future work on sea trout, which will remain an important priority for AST.

Environment Agency Salmon Summit

AST is closely involved with policies emerging from the November 2015 Summit. Both Ken Whelan, AST’s Research Director, and Ivor Llewelyn, AST Director for England and Wales, attended the event, as a result of which AST has been invited to lead on key outcomes. It is encouraging that in England, as well as Scotland, governments are now taking the plight of salmon seriously. The EA is committed to producing a five-point plan, and NGOs, including AST, will be fully involved in developing and implementing it. These levels of commitment throughout the UK will be severely tested in 2016 and beyond because, as well as political support, there will also be a requirement for significant resources.

AST’s Work Across the Atlantic Ocean

At the 2015 AGM of the Atlantic Salmon Federation in New York I made the following statement at the end of a presentation to ASF directors. “Salmon use all of the North Atlantic Ocean. To conserve them we must work ‘wherever the salmon swims’: together in the Big Picture, and in the smallest detail. The salmon knows no boundaries, nor should we”.

New Appointments

There are big changes taking place at the Atlantic Salmon Trust in the New Year with the appointment of a new Chairman, and a new Executive Director and Administrator following the retirements of Melfort Campbell, Tony Andrews and Marjorie Hunter.

At the December AGM, held as always in the sumptuous surroundings of Fishmongers Hall in London, AST’s Council of Members elected Robbie Douglas Miller as the new chairman of the board of directors.

Project Poacher app for mobile phones

This is the link to a new app for mobile phones

There you will find a full description of the app, which is supported by the police, Environment Agency and others, including NRW. Why is it then that I have been provided with the details from a BASC Voice of Shooting article kindly forwarded to me by a supporter. NRW really missed the boat here, had they advertised the app then at least we may have been encouraged that the senior management there actually think about anglers, if only occasionally. I have loaded the app on my phone and will use it in future. Why not have a go yourself?

A happy new year to you all.

We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year with many tight lines and are please to assure you that there is much going on in the background.

We have to ask what impact the devastatingly high water flows will have on the salmon and sea trout redds and on next year’s supply of young fish and ask what happens if devastating floods drastically reduce fish stocks when we have no hatchery back up?

Environment Agency in England protecting fish

I find it depressing that there appear to be great efforts being made across the border to protect fish and fishing. I know from first hand experience that NRW staff, on the ground, and their managers are keen and exceeding dedicated. I assume funding, or lack of it, is the issue. Fisheries need more funding in Wales: come on the Senedd let’s have some action! Anglers should be aware that here is an election looming: make this an issue with Members of teh Welsh Government, we elect them!

Angling Trust Media Release

5th January 2016

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Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner joins the fight against illegal poaching of fishWhen the Angling Trust went fishing with Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping recently it wasn’t so much about landing a fish as tightening the net on illegal poaching and related criminality.

Committed to reducing rural crime of all kinds, Mr Tipping’s trip to a fishing pool in South Muskham, near Newark, was all about discussing with local anglers what they can do to help the police protect fish and fisheries.

The Commissioner was keen to raise awareness of the value and importance of anglers passing information about criminal activity – including wildlife crime – to the police, agencies and partnerships such as the cross-border Operation Traverse.

Nottinghamshire Police already works closely with Lincolnshire Police and Operation Traverse – teamwork which is greatly assisted by up-to-date intelligence from the angling fraternities,” he said.

“Anglers and members of the local communities who know the rivers and fishing spots well are ideally placed to keep us in the picture. By reporting incidents to the police they become a vital cog in the wheel that tackles offenders and prevents crime.”

Operation Traverse is a multi-partnership operation that includes a growing number of police forces, the Angling Trust and Environment Agency. It helps to raise awareness of fish theft, wider related criminality and organised crime as well as encouraging a coordinated response to poaching.

Kevin Pearson, the Angling Trust’s Midlands Regional Enforcement Manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and the Environment Agency to tackle poaching, rod licence evasion and angling-related crime. Having the support of Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is a significant move forward as it demonstrates to the angling and rural communities that their concerns are being taken seriously.

‘We must understand that policing is intelligence-led – meaning that it is essential for anglers to report all incidents to the Environment Agency and police. Only then will the true extent of our problems be quantified and offenders brought to book.

“It is vitally important that we all contribute to Operation Traverse by calling the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 for suspected rod licence offences, or the police on 101 to report criminal offences including fishing without permission and the theft of fish, or 999 if a crime is in progress. Ask for a call reference number and request feedback.”

Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager, said: “Operation Traverse remains an extremely important initiative and we are delighted to welcome Nottinghamshire Police aboard as a formal partner. We have listened to the concerns of anglers in that force area, particularly in respect of the river Trent, and now need to work together to support the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries.”

Nottinghamshire Police has its own angler liaison officer: Special Constable Haddon Smith, who joined Commissioner Tipping at South Muskham. Acting as point of contact with anglers and water bailiffs in the Sherwood area, he also goes on patrol with them.

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Further information:

Kevin Pearson
email: kevin.pearson@anglingtrust.net
mobile: 07495 433620

Dilip Sarkar
email: dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.net
mobile: 07971 677638

Notes for Editors:
Angling Trust’s Guide to Police Reporting can be found here

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Promoting Operation Traverse are (from left) Special Constable Haddon Smith, Lee Watts (Environment Agency Officer), PCC Paddy Tipping, Kevin Pearson (Angling Trust), PC Nick Willey (Lincolnshire Police Rural Wildlife Crime Officer)

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 Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.

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