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E-Newsletter

May 2017

S&TC UK’s May E-newsletter -
Salmon Farming Campaign attracts national media coverage


Our salmon farming campaign in Scotland has certainly generated much interest in the press recently and Andrew Graham Stewart and Guy Linley-Adams have been working tirelessly in an effort to reduce the impact of sea lice on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout populations.   Here are some recent examples of coverage that has been achieved:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15326945.Scottish_government_accused_of_colluding_with_drug_giant_over_pesticides_scandal/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-million-salmon-die-in-lice-plague-0kxj8bwz0

In addition, Guy will be interviewed on the subject on TalkSPORT this Sunday(11th June) by Nigel Botherway. The show is Fisherman’s Blues, live from 6am to 7am on talkSPORT 1053 & 1089 AM.


Deadline extended for West Country Award that launches next generation of river conservationists.


If you know any young students that would benefit from winning this fantastic award, please tell them to get in touch with us.

For more information, read more here:   http://www.salmon-trout.org/deadline-extended-for-west-country-award-that-launches-next-generation-of-river-conservationists/news/437


Annual Meeting of the Membership – Wednesday 21st June, Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge at 11.30am, followed by lunch prepared by Fishmongers’ prizewinning team of chefs.


Do come along to our Annual membership meeting this month.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet up with fellow members and chat to S&TC staff.  Details have been distributed with theGamefisher magazine in May.  Members and guests welcome.  Tickets for the lunch (including wine) are available at a cost of £50 per person.  Numbers are limited.  Please complete the application form in the Gamefisher magazine, or contact Debbie Creasy – debbie@salmon-trout.org to book your place.  Book by 14th June.


 

S&TC UK’s auction needs you!

 


 

Do you belong to a club that can offer a day’s fishing for one or two rods?   Have you got an attractive piece of angling memorabilia that you can donate?  Or – thinking outside the box – some other sporting activity, such as a day’s shooting?   We have even had delicious cases of wine donated – they always go down well!   Please help  the 2017 auction be our best one ever!   If you would like to participate, please contact  Veronica Kruger, our Auction Co-ordinator, atauction@salmon-trout.org.  She would love to hear from you.  Thank you.


Calling all ‘Salmonistas’


On Thursday July 6 from 6.30pm  Orvis’s London store on Regent Street will be hosting the Salmonista event in association with S&TC UK.  There will be talks on modern salmon fishing, rods and changing values in salmon fly construction.  Paul Knight, our CEO will speak about current conservation projects and future plans.  Do come along and join us.


Welsh Seminar causes a stir


Our recent Seminar in Builth Wells created food for thought on river pollution in Wales and we have achieved some very good media coverage as a result.  Here are some recent examples of coverage:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/farmers-must-more-tackle-river-12991113

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/new-pollution-incident-west-wales-13146399

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E-Newsletter

May 2017

Welcome to our latest E-News.  In case you missed our activities this month, here are some of our recent highlights

Fisheries charity urges Government to understand, value and act for rivers in Wales

The fundamental message from a seminar organised by fisheries charity Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru in Builth Wells recently was that agricultural pollution of Welsh rivers and streams has reached endemic proportions and that time is running out to protect the wild fish and other aquatic wildlife that depend on clean fresh waters to survive. Read more: http://www.salmon-trout.org/fisheries-charity-urges-government-to-understand-value-and-act-for-rivers-in-wales/news/433

New report from salmon farming’s biggest company confirms that Scotland is the “dirty man of global aquaculture”

Newly published data in the 2016 Annual Report from Marine Harvest, the world’s largest salmon farming company, shows that its Scottish salmon farms lag very far behind its operations elsewhere in the world in controlling the devastating sea lice parasite. Read more:  http://www.salmon-trout.org/new-report-from-salmon-farmings-biggest-company-confirms-that-scotland-is-the-dirty-man-of-global-aquaculture/news/431

How can we deal with silent but potentially deadly river invaders?

Under the surface of our rivers lives an alien world, where new, foreign animals are rapidly establishing homes. Paul Knight, CEO of fisheries charity Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) said: “With increasingly stretched budgets, we are in danger of taking our eye off the ball. The only way to establish whether new or existing invasive species are starting to take hold in our rivers is for more intensive monitoring, but this is not happening at the level needed to detect problems.” Read more:http://www.salmon-trout.org/how-can-we-deal-with-silent-but-potentially-deadly-river-invaders/news/427

Where is the salmon you’re eating being farmed?

Unfortunately, the growth of this industry has been at the peril of wild fish. Did you know that high levels of sea lice parasites spilling from fish farms are threatening Scottish wild salmon and sea trout populations? Treatments to control the spread are in place but parasites are gaining resistance and numbers are frequently over the recommended ‘Code of Good Practice’ threshold. Read more: http://www.salmon-trout.org/where-is-the-salmon-youre-eating-being-farmed/news/428

​Freshwater environments threatened by farmyard slurry

Fisheries charity Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru have reacted with dismay at yet another major river pollution incident in Wales, which saw  up to 450,000 litres (99,000 gallons) of slurry leaked into a tributary of the River Honddu near Abergavenny. Read more: http://www.salmon-trout.org/freshwater-environments-threatened-by-farmyard-slurry/news/429

Hampshire invertebrate research could spark a revival for ailing rivers

In a unique agreement of its kind, the Environment Agency (EA) in Hampshire and Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) have for the first time agreed key environmental local bespoke targets for the Rivers Test and Itchen to help drive ecological improvements. S&TC UK believe this is a precedent for other rivers to follow. Read more: http://www.salmon-trout.org/hampshire-invertebrate-research-could-spark-a-revival-for-ailing-rivers/news/423

S&TCS’s Loch Maree film has inspired BBC’s Countryfile to report on the Loch Maree/Loch Ewe situation. Watch here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08pnvmg/countryfile-warwickshire

The report starts at 09.20 minutes and includes mention of S&TCS’s commissioned study into the collapse of sea trout numbers by Dr Andy Walker. The programme also reports (starting at 27.45 minutes) on the salmon farming industry’s problems in dealing with sea lice including encouraging references to the adoption of closed containment systems.

Annual Meeting of the Membership – Wednesday 21st June, Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge at 11.30am, followed by lunch prepared by Fishmongers’ prizewinning team of chefs.

Details will be distributed with the Gamefisher magazine in May.  Members and guests welcome.  Tickets for the lunch (including wine) are available at a cost of £50 per person.  Numbers are limited.  Please complete the application form in the Gamefisher magazine, or contact Debbie Creasy – debbie@salmon-trout.org to book your place.

 

Your auction needs you! We need a dead dipper!

 

We are very fortunate that the renowned New Forest wildlife sculptor, Geoffrey Dashwood, has generously agreed to donate a specially created bronze sculpture of a  ‘Dipper’ to our 2017 Auction.  To create this highly desirable  masterpiece for us Geoffrey needs to locate a dead dipper so that he can model it from the real thing.  If anyone comes across a dead dipper on their beat, please could they get in touch with Geoffrey on : 01425 461617.  It could be kept in a freezer until ready for collection. 

 

And finally…Do you belong to a club that can offer a day’s fishing for one or two rods?   Have you got an attractive piece of angling memorabilia that you can donate?  Or – thinking outside the box – some other sporting activity, such as a day’s shooting?   We have even had delicious cases of wine donated – they always go down well!   Please help  the 2017 auction be our best one ever!   If you would like to participate, please contact  Veronica Kruger, our Auction Co-ordinator, at auction@salmon-trout.org.  She would love to hear from you.  Thank you.

 

 

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK

 

E-Newsletter

December 2016

2016 has been an incredibly busy year for us;  and we have achieved several very notable successes – thanks in large part to the tremendous support we have enjoyed from members and stakeholders.

Here are just some of the highlights of the year:

January:

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland launches parliamentary petition calling for tighter regulation of salmon farms to protect wild fish. Read more… 

​Peitition Update:  It is making steady progress through the parliamentary process. On 30 June S&TCS gave oral evidence to the Petitions Committee. The Petition was subsequently passed by the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Commmittee to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. The latter, at its meeting on 26 October, agreed “to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity seeking further information on the issues raised in the petition.” We are now awaiting that response.

 

March:

Conference makes action on the river Itchen a priority – What makes a good chalkstream? Read more…

May:

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland makes formal complaint to European Commission on Scottish Government’s failure to address the impacts of sea lice parasites produced by Scottish salmon farms threatening west coast wild salmon and sea trout. Read more…

English riverfly survey reveals abysmal state of our once gin clear chalkstreams. Read more…

June:

Scotland’s dismal environmental record on salmon farming exposed at international salmon conference. Read more…

Fisheries scientist joins the battle to restore our rivers and chalkstreams. Read more…

A mobile app that gets to the heart of river pollution. Read more…

July:

Fisheries charity auction offers lots that money can’t buy. Read more…

November 2015 Salmon Summit – The Five-Point Plan. Read more…

September:

State of Nature 2016: Disappearing riverflies. Read more…

‘Citizen Science’ on the Lark is saving a precious river species. Read more…

October:

River invertebrates could hold the key to abysmal state of rivers in Wales. Read more…

Norfolk farmers form a cluster to protect the river Wensum. Read more…

Virulent disease at Marine Harvest salmon farms raises concerns over potential impacts on wild fish. Read more…

Leading Scotland newspaper endorses S&TC(S) campaign. Read more…

November:

Stupendous charity auction result is a boost for wild fish and rivers. Read more…

Exposing Scottish Government’s ludicrously inflated adult salmon estimates. Read more

December:

Sainsbury’s and the Co-op called upon to give ultimatums to farmed salmon suppliers. Read more…

 

2017 is going to be busier yet with S&TC campaigns in the forefront to champion the cause of our precious wild fish and the aquatic environment that nurtures and nourishes them!

We shall, of course, keep you informed right through the year; in the meantime, all of us at S&TC UK and S&TC Scotland wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and most prosperous New Year.

A final thought: why not give an S&TC membership to a family member or friend?

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Salmon & Trout Conservation UKE-NewsletterOctober 2015

Success with Asda: now for the remaining “Big Four”

Following our success in influencing the Scottish Government to propose closing coastal salmon netting stations for the next three years, we are campaigning for stronger regulation of the salmon farming industry off the west coast and Islands of Scotland. Read more >>

Wild salmon populations in Scotland

Wild salmon populations have fallen below ‘safe’ conservation limits in all rivers in the Scottish west Highland salmon-farming zone. Read more >>

Winner of “Invisible World” competition announced

Young Scottish film-maker Andrew O’Donnell has been awarded the £2,000 prize after entrants were invited to explore the beauties as well as the threats that face our underwater environment.Read more >>

Congratulations to Orvis for 30 years of trading

Paul Knight pays tribute to a company that perfectly combines commercial head with charitable heart and environmental vision. Read more >>

John Gawesworth: 1 Nov 1928 – 24 Sep 2015

Popular pioneer in fly fishing instruction, who taught thousands of people how to fly fish, has died at the age of 86. Read more >>

S&TC Press Coverage in September & October

Take a look at the press coverage we successfully generated throughout September and October on a variety of pressing and important issues. Read more >>

Great result for our online auction

Our annual online auction closed on Sunday, resulting in a terrific £31,000+ total. Our thanks to everyone who participated in making this our most successful online auction ever – those who donated, who spread the word, who bid for the lots. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated! To view the auction lots with final bid prices, click here >>
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The eagerly anticipated S&TC UK online Annual Auction: better than ever!

Opening on Monday 7th September, come rain or shine, the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK online auction (www.salmon-trout.org/auction) offers lots ranging from mayfly days on classic chalk streams to a species day for two guns on a private estate; from two days on a river in Normandy to a day’s fishing on the Royal Military Academy’s own water at Sandhurst; from the Dee in Scotland to the Tamar in Cornwall – and virtually all points north, south, east and west in Britain and beyond.Guide prices range from £40.00 for a day’s sea trout fishing for two on the Denbigh & Clwyd Angling Club’s water on the Clwyd in North Wales to £7,000 for 6 days for two rods fishing sea-run brown trout at Kau-Tapen – Rio Grande, Argentina, and everything in between. Most lots fall in the low-high hundreds price range; many are on private or members’-only waters and, while the majority are for anglers, there is a mouth-watering selection of shooting days – as well as works of art, collectibles and kit. There are 50 lots immediately available, with more being added regularly until the auction closes at midnight on Sunday 18th October.

Paul Knight, S&TC UK CEO, observes, “These items have been donated, which means that funds raised go directly to the S&TC UK to help support its vital work in protecting and preserving our precious and fragile aquatic ecosystems. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the many donors who have made this our best ever auction yet: now it’s down to our bidders to transform the potential into a reality!”

How to Bid

The bidding process is simple and easy. Enter the auction at www.salmon-trout.org/auction. Scroll down to view the lots. Click on the bid now box to place your bid. You will be taken through the once-only registration process. Once successfully completed, you may return to the auction at any time, and bid on as many items as you wish. Please read the bidding instructions and Terms & Conditions carefully before completing your registration. Any queries regarding the bidding process or any lot should be sent to hq@salmon-trout.org.

 

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Salmon & Trout Conservation UKE-NewsletterSeptember 2015

Yes, we can – and yes, we do!

Paul Knight is cheered by significant progress in the face of indifference. Read more >>

Riverfly Census: mid-term report

We are now halfway through our 2015 Riverfly Census, which members so generously supported following the Appeal we made earlier in the year, and the results of the spring sample analysis are now in. Read more >>

Scotland’s biggest wild salmon netting company fined

We have welcomed the sentencing of Usan Salmon following serious breaches of fishery regulations at its netting stations south of Montrose and on the north Aberdeenshire coast. Read more >>

Concerning the salmon fishery in Greenland

We have received an important letter from the Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture in Greenland, concerning progress in implementing the Updated Plan for Implementation of Monitoring and Control Measures in the salmon fishery at West Greenland. Read more >>

S&TC Press Coverage generated in August

Take a look at the press coverage we successfully generated throughout August on a variety of pressing and important issues. Read more >>

Salmon Confidential – View this extraordinary film

Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover-up of what is killing British Columbia’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Read more >>

Salmon & Trout Conservation online auction

The great S&TC online auction opens Monday 7th September! Fifty mouth-watering lots launch this annual event – with more to follow!
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Tuesday 18th August 2015

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

This edition we bring you news of our successful bid for a landmark fisheries contract with the Environment Agency, a new poster to help get the news out on bass restrictions, the spread of killer shrimp and two new competitions as well as Fish Legal’s latest updates…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

Environment Agency Awards
Fisheries Contract to Angling Trust

The Environment Agency has awarded a landmark fisheries contract to the Angling Trust. This announcement follows a rigorous competitive process and is part of the continued drive towards greater partnership working leading to thriving fisheries and angling throughout England. The contract, which will run for up to 4 years and is currently worth £1 million a year, has three priorities: to increase participation, tackle illegal angling and improve angling facilities.

> Read more

New Size Limit for Bass
Please Download and Display This Poster

There are new restrictions on the size of bass that may be legally kept by anglers and commercial fisherman.

Defra has asked the Angling Trust to help promote these restrictions to the sea angling community.

We are asking all sea anglers, clubs, tackle shops and charter skippers to read, forward, print and display a posterabout the restrictions, which can be downloaded from our website.

> Read more

Game Fair Success as Angling Trust & Fish Legal Stand Nets Big Crowds and New Members

We had a great weekend on the Angling Trust & Fish Legal stand at the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House in Yorkshire with staff from the Angling Trust Participation, England Ladies Fly Fishing, Environmental Campaigns and Membership Teams joining forces with GAIA and Get Hooked on Fishing to sign-up nearly 100 new members. Over 600 junior and novice anglers had a go at fishing on our stand at the centre of the Fishing Village.

Angling artist ‘Dusto’ drew the crowds with his amazing spray paintings of salmon and bass and there were lessons by top instructors for novice fly casters, drop shot and lure demos from Gary and Sam Edmonds as well as the Get Hooked on Fishing Funfair.

Thanks to everyone who visited our stand.

Get Registered for FishingInfo

If you haven’t already registered for a free account onFishingInfo.co.uk do it now – it only takes a minute and means your saved favourite fishing places will always be available to you no matter which device you are using or where you are. Just click the “Log Into FishingInfo” button at the top of www.fishinginfo.co.uk

Have You Donated to Help Save Our Salmon?

The Angling Trust won the reader’s vote in the July issue of Trout & Salmon magazine for a project that aims to return the salmon to abundance by urging UK, Welsh and Scottish governments to act to save wild salmon.

Find out more and donate via www.saveoursalmon.org

Killer Shrimp Found at Pitsford

After several years of containing the “Killer Shrimp” in a small number of areas by following the Bio-Security protocol of Check Clean Dry, it is bad news for anglers that they have now been found at Pitsford Reservoir. These shrimps are native to the Danube estuary and the Black Sea but have spread through a canal opened between the Danube and the Rhine to Holland and neighbouring countries. The shrimp devours native invertebrates, fish eggs and young fish. We encourage all anglers to follow the protocols of “Check, Clean Dry” to stop the spread of these and other aquatic invasive non-native species.

> Read more

Enforcement Mission to Lithuania

To really deal decisively with a problem, first you have to understand it. Really understand it. In England we have an issue with some migrant anglers from eastern Europe not abiding by our conservation-based angling law and rules…

Read more in Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar’s latest blog which has a report on the latest enforcement fact-finding mission, this time to Lithuania.

> Read “Lines On The Water” – our Freshwater Team Blog
Pictured, left:
Tomas Barkaukas
Lithuanian Regional Chief of Nature Protection

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Fish Legal Welcomes New Legal Team Members

Fish Legal is pleased to welcome two new members of staff.

Leanne Murphy joins us as a new legal secretary and first point of contact for members.

Geoff Hardy has also joined the legal team as a solicitor and will primarily be assisting with advice enquiries.

Members requiring legal advice can contact the team atadmin@fishlegal.net or by phoning 01568 620447.

Environment Agency Pollution Summary – 2014

July saw the Environment Agency’s 2014 summary of pollution incidents published. They report a 11% decrease in serious pollution incidents overall in 2014 and in particular a substantial decrease in incidents caused by sewage treatment works. However, whilst water companies may be cleaning up their act, the report shows a 7% increase in serious pollution incidents affecting water caused by the farming industry, and in particular a sharp 100% rise in incidents caused by arable farming.

The report makes interesting reading and a full copy can be viewed HERE.

Concern Over “Tsunami Of Slurry” Case

Fish Legal is concerned over the EA’s decision not to prosecute a polluter following a serious slurry pollution. Instead the polluter was allowed to make a donation to charity to avoid criminal proceedings and potentially higher fines, despite the Regulator themselves describing the pollution as one of the worst in years.

These penalties (Enforcement Undertakings) may be more commonly used in future instead of prosecution. Consultation with pollution victims before taking these decisions is a vital step in the process but was not done in this case.

Fish Legal is monitoring the increasing use of Enforcement Undertakings amidst concerns they are a soft option for offenders.

> Read more

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

Fish-Eating Bird Management Trial:
Questionnaire for Licence Holders & Fishery Owners

We’ve set up a brief questionnaire to get feedback about the one-year trial of our Fishery Management Advisors (FMAs) and area-based licences (ABLs), aimed at improving the management of conflicts between fisheries and fish-eating birds, principally cormorants. Please only complete this questionnaire if you have had direct contact with an FMA or are an ABL or individual licence holder.

> Go to the questionnaire

Fantastic Family Fishing at Bitterwell Lake

Over 150 people were introduced to fishing and an estimated 500 visitors attended the Family Fishing Funday at Bitterwell Lakes on Sunday 16th August to have a go at coarse, game and sea angling.

Find Your Nearest Family Fishing Days and Dates HERE- why not take the whole family and get them hooked on fishing too!

Sam Harris Awarded MBE for Services to Sea Angling

In great news for angling, popular BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Sam Harris has been awarded the Honour of the MBE for “Services to Sea Angling” and in recognition for the work he has done for various charities over the last 50 years.

> Read more

MMO Seeks Volunteer Applicants for IFCAs

The MMO is looking to recruit members for the North Western, North Eastern and Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA). Each IFCA needs members who will take a balanced approach to caring for the seas, assessing the priority and importance of all users and stakeholders. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the quality of the inshore areas of northern England.

> Read more and apply

Invitation to Participate in the Community Water Survey

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project is investigating the threat that droughts and water shortage pose to the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture of the UK. DRY are interested in hearing from all sectors of the community in the UK about household water use and water-saving behaviour and have set up a survey to find out more.

> Please complete the survey

National Fishing Month
Don’t Forget to Plan a Day’s Fishing Before
31st August 2015

National Fishing Month aims to encourage everyone to have a go at fishing. So please take this opportunity to bring a non-angling friend or family member to have a go at fishing. Click HERE to find an event near you and make sure you do not miss out!

> Read more

Act Now To Help Save Our Waters

Blueprint for Water is a coalition of 16 organisations representing over 6 million people, working to develop solutions to the water issues facing England.

Find out how you can help protect and restore the wildlife of our waterways and learn more about the other goals of Blueprint for Water…

> Read more

Non-Native Salmon Found in NE Rivers!

The Environment Agency is urging anglers to get in touch with information after reports a non-native salmon species was spotted in the North East. EA Officers received information that unusual fish had been caught – one by an angler on the River Tyne near Wylam and another two by licensed netsmen the coast of South Shields. The fish are Pink Salmon – Oncorhynchus gorbuscha – a native of the North Pacific basin and its surrounding rivers. Please report any unusual salmon catches or sightings to the environmental monitoring team at Northumberland, Durham and Tees via 0800 807060.

Angling Trust Ambassador Des Taylor is Simply Fishing

Simply Fishing is an an all-new, monthly, digital magazine that puts you at the heart of Angling Trust Ambassador, Des Taylor’s angling adventures.

Each month for just £2.99 you get a 55min HD video PLUS a 50 page e-mag.

It’s a BARGAIN! Soak up the atmosphere in stunning HD film edited to the highest standards and learn all of Des’ tactics as he searches the UK for different species.

> Find out more

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Angling Trust Launches Two New Junior Competitions

The Angling Trust is delighted to let our members know that we have launched two new junior competitions in game and coarse angling. The new competitions are supported by tackle giants Preston Innovations and Greys Fishing and will begin in September 2015. More info about each of the competitions and how to enter is available on the Angling Trust website

> Read more

Plans Announced For A Bigger TideFest Event For ‘London’s River’

Wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have announced plans for a second, bigger TideFest to be held on the Tidal Thames in London on September 20th.

> Read more

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood

Are you a knowledgeable angler with club or open competition experience? Would you consider that you have the ability to further develop and represent Team England at International level? If so, apply to join the England boat squad and find out! Team England is seeking a number of new squad members to supplement the group from which the two International teams will be selected. Please note that squad members must be members of the Angling Trust. Email sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net for an application form before the closing date – end of August 2015.

Member Offers
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Looking For Ideas For Your Next Fishing Holiday?

Check out the new Forest Holidays Top Spots Blog and don’t forget to use your member discount code when you book. Just enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box to get 10% off your holiday.

Dates for your diary…

Fill Your Diary With Family Fishing Fun Days
FREE activities, fishing, coaching and use of tackle

Do you fancy a day out for the family with lots of different fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner?

Then come along to a FREE Family Fishing Fun Day. Fishing tackle and instruction from our licensed coaches is provided. Plus there are activities for non-anglers and family members.

A full list of Family Fishing Fun Days can be found HERE.

Carp Society Winter Show
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November 2015

Get it in your diary NOW! The Carp Society Winter Show at Sandown Park (KT10 9AJ) will have all your favourites including celebrities, book signings, the latest products, loads of bargains, FREE forums and FREE parking. There’s a great food hall and everything you need for a brilliant day out.

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Saturday 30th May 2015

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

In this edition: Last chance to enter the Angling Raffle to win a fishing trip worth £8.5k – entry closes Monday 1st June. There’s info on our Tidal Lagoon campaign plus find out how to get free fishing and coaching session for the whole family this summer…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

LAST CHANCE: Enter The Angling Trust Raffle
Entry Closes June 1st

This weekend is your last chance to buy raffle tickets to win a fantastic fishing holiday to Venezuela or one of several other big runner-up prizes. Please help us raise funds to support our important work campaigning for fish and fishing by buying a ticket at www.anglingraffle.net Entry closes 1st June and we will announce the lucky winners soon after – don’t miss out – tickets are just £2 each. Thanks for your help in sharing thiswith your friends and family too. Big thanks to our sponsorsRoxtons Field SportsForest HolidaysDaiwa UK, andBauer Media

> Enter NOW at www.anglingraffle.net

Please Support our Tidal Lagoon Campaign Appeal

We’ve launched an appeal to raise funds to protect marine and migratory fish from hydropower tidal lagoons. Please make a donation to support our tidal lagoon campaign and possible legal action. We need YOUR support so please send a cheque payable to Fish Legal to Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow St., Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8DQ and mark your envelope ‘Tidal Lagoon Campaign’ or call us on 01568 620 447 during office hours.

> Read more

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival 2015 Dates Announced

The “Bexhill Festival of the Sea” is a month long event running from the 5th – 30th September 2015 which will promote all that is great about our seaside. The festival includes Bexhill Angling Festival weekend on the 5th & 6th September as well as 14 angling competitions during the festival month.

> More info at www.bexhillseafestival.co.uk

Fisheries Enforcement Campaign News

You can find more information about Enforcement, the Voluntary Bailiff Service and Building Bridges Project on our website.

NEW: Enforcement Blog
The latest news from our National Enforcement Manager

In March I spoke at the Angling Trust East of England Regional Forum, chaired by Kelvin Allen, and in April at Adey Paul’s public meeting in Boston, Lincolnshire, on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and Operation TRAVERSE. A partnership between Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Police, the EA and Cefas to target illegal fishing and fish theft in those counties…
Dilip Sarkar MBE
National Enforcement Manager, Angling Trust

> Read the full blog

Coming Soon: Operation TRAVERSE

The largest ever multi-police force and multi-agency operation to target illegal fishing and fish theft! We will be bringing the full weight of the law upon illegal anglers. Watch out for more news in our tweets and on our Facebook

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Backsliding on Bourne Rivulet ‘overpumping’ Prevented

While Southern Water (SW) says it is spending £700,000 on rehabilitating the seasonally overloaded St Mary Bourne sewerage system to prevent ‘overpumping’ into one of England’s most famous chalk streams, the Bourne Rivulet in Hampshire, there were signs this spring that its resolve was weakening and it intended to deal with a leaking manhole (possibly also emitting trade effluent from the adjacent Vitacress Salads processing plant) by pumping directly into the river. SW has now confirmed to Fish Legal its acceptance that to do so is unlawful (except as a last resort and where human habitation is threatened) and that it will give priority to ‘tankering’ the effluent away by road instead.

Members Install Fish Ladder on River Blackwater

It is always good to hear from members about the hard work they are doing to improve fisheries. Angling Trust and Fish Legal member club, the Ilford & District Piscatorial Society, recently sent in pictures of a fish ladder they have installed on the river Blackwater to make it easier for salmon and migratory trout to pass an old weir at Langford. The weir is only one mile from the estuary, but was an impassable barrier. With all the necessary permissions in place from the Environment Agency, the club raised the funds for the materials and did the work themselves. The photograph (left) shows the completed fish ladder which will mean that migratory fish can now reach Braintree, some 20 miles away.

Member Offers
Find more membership benefits at www.anglingtrust.net/offers

Exclusive Offer: Save 10% with Forest Holidays

10% off at Forest Holidays – visit www.forestholidays.co.ukand enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box when booking*

* Code entitles a paying Angling Trust member to 10% off the cost of a cabin at any of the 9 Forest Holidays locations. This code must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be used with any other offers. All bookings must be made by 31/12/2015. Forest Holidays reserve the right to withdraw this code at any time.

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

Job Opportunity with the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is recruiting for a ‘National Senior Fisheries Management Advisor’ to replace Miran Aprahamian, who is retiring at the end of June after many years of service to fisheries. The closing date is the 5th of June and there are more details about this job on the EA’s website.

> Read more

Register for the 2nd International Sea Trout Symposium

This major event, which will be held in Dundalk, Ireland, from 20 to 22 October 2015, will promote the application of the latest science to the better management of sea trout stocks and their associated fisheries. Details of the programme, the venue and how to register can be found atseatroutsymposium.org

Fish on BBC Springwatch

Look out for our Trade Member Jack Perks from Beneath the Waterline on BBC Springwatch this Wednesday 3rd June with a piece about freshwater fish and his project to film every species in the UK.
> Read more about Beneath the Waterline

> Check out the brilliant Fish ID guide videos

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Carp Team England Now Even Stronger

Exhibition and casting tutors Mark Hutchinson and Terry Edmunds have been appointed by Carp Team England Manager Rob Hughes to help build a team that will look to challenge the World Title in Spain this October.

> Read more

Minutes Decide Youth Loch Style National

The best of England’s young flyfishers came together at Grafham Water on Sunday 24th May to compete for the Youth Loch-Style championship and for places in the Angling Trust’s England Team for the 2016 Home International to be held in Ireland.

> Read more

Turkana UK Supporting Marine Team England

Turkana UK is to provide support for Team England Senior & Junior World Shore Angling teams. Through its UK distributor, the Spanish based tackle manufacturer will supply England’s Senior Shore Angling Team with product from their specialist coloured lead range and other items such as sand spikes, rig glues, rig lead clips, baiting needles and swivels as they head to the Algarve, Portugal in November for the 2015 FIPS-M World Championships.

> Read more

Dates for your diary…

Fill Your Diary With Family Fishing Fun Days
FREE activities, fishing, coaching and use of tackle

Do you fancy a day out for the family with lots of different fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner?

Then come along to a FREE Family Fishing Fun Day. Fishing tackle and instruction from our licensed coaches is provided. Plus there are activities for non-anglers and family members.

A full list of Family Fishing Fun Days can be found HERE.

The 20th Anniversary Barbel Show: 7th June

Guest speakers include; Des Taylor – entertaining all-rounder, Dave Harrell – float fishing for barbel, John Baker and John Llewellyn – barbel bait gurus, Rob Swindells – barbel fishing my way. Large trade room for all your pre-season purchases of tackle and bait. Tickets in advance fromwww.barbelsociety.co.uk

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD

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Sunday 17th May 2015

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

In this edition: Boost for mental health through angling scheme, helping EA call-takers respond to angling crime, enter the Angling Raffle to win a fishing trip worth £8.5k, a new sponsorship deal for our competitor game anglers, legal news and much more…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

MP Backs Derbyshire Healthcare and Angling Trust Fishing Scheme to Boost Mental Health Nationwide

Angling is helping people recover from mental health problems in a scheme run by Derbyshire NHS and the Angling Trust. We’ve received the support of Charles Walker MP and the project will be rolled out across the country.

> Find out more

The Angling Raffle – Have You Entered Yet?
Top Prize is an amazing £8,500 Fishing Holiday in Venezuela!
Just £2 to enter at www.anglingraffle.net

Angling Trust Joins Climate Coalition

The Angling Trust has joined the Climate Coalition to show our support for action to tackle climate change, which we see as a genuine threat to fish and fishing in the future. Higher temperatures mean less oxygen for fish in the water; more intense and sporadic rainfall will make pollution, floods and droughts worse; and diseases like KHV will flourish.  Read Mark Lloyd’s blog on the subject HERE and if you want to get involved with the huge Speak Up rally in London on Wednesday 17th June then please click HERE.

New Funding Opportunities for Community Projects

Can you think of groundbreaking ways in which fishing could be put at the heart of improvements to local services? Could fishing be part of the solution to a local problem, such as lack of sports provision or anti-social behaviour? Or do you want to have more of an influence on what happens to a treasured local fishing venue? If so, you may be interested in new funding opportunities launched this April with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government. More information atmycommunity.org.uk - search for ‘new programmes’.

Rick Warner, National Angling Strategy Manager: rick.warner@anglingtrust.net

Saltwater Species Hunt Success

The Angling Trust Saltwater Species Hunt was one of the great success stories in our angling participation programme last year and with over 955 entries of fish from our 585 registered anglers, it was a real pleasure to share in the enthusiasm and excitement of some truly memorable trips and captures. You can read all about the Hunt, the 2014 winners, the fish caught and how to take part in 2015 in our first Species Hunt Newsletter HERE.

Angling Trust Job Vacancies

There are currently two jobs available for Competitions Programme Officers as well as volunteer positions for a Sea Angling Boat Competitions Coordinator and a Sea Angling Shore Competitions Coordinator.

> Read more at www.anglingtrust.net/jobs

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Clubs and Coaches: Take Part In Our Safeguarding Children in Angling Survey

The Angling Trust would like to find out more about clubs and coaches supporting children in angling and any additional support that may be required. This is not just about coaches with safeguarding training, we want to hear from those who hold a specific safeguarding role within a club environment (such as safeguarding lead or club welfare officer).

> Take part in the survey

Fisheries Enforcement Campaign News

You can find more information about Enforcement, the Voluntary Bailiff Service and Building Bridges Project on our website.

Angling Trust Brief Environment Agency Incident Service Call-Takers

The Angling Trust visited the EA Incident Communication Service to brief call-takers on angling crime and specific angling enforcement operations. These staff in Sheffield are at the sharp end and the first point of contact when anglers call the EA Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

> Read more

Nottinghamshire Police Force’s Special Constable Haddon Smith to Liaise with Anglers

Nottinghamshire Police has demonstrated support of the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and a commitment to improving its service to anglers by appointing Special Constable Haddon Smith in an angling liaison role. We’ll be encouraging more forces to follow suit.

> Read more

Poland vs England Lure Match Helps Build Bridges

In recent years there has sometimes been friction between migrant and English anglers and it is through better understanding that the barriers can be broken down. To this end, the Angling Trust’s Building Bridges Project Manager Rado Papiewski and our Freshwater Specialist Group Secretary, Eric Edwards helped organise a friendly match to contribute to ever improving relationships. The match was a great success, Poland won with 338 points to England’s 290 and collected the International Lure Challenge trophy kindly donated by the Canal & Rivers Trust. The day finished in fine style when the winning team treated everyone to a Polish sausage barbecue!

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Environmental Regulators Show Backbone?

Both the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are showing some signs that they may have a backbone after all, by serving an ‘anti-pollution works notice’ and an equivalent notice to remediate ‘hydromorphological harm’ under recent legislation implementing the Water Framework Directive. The EA notice was served on a farmer who had refused to put up a (fully subsidised) fence to prevent cattle poaching, causing siltation to the River Clun in Shropshire, while the NRW notice has been served on Conwy Council after it authorised a disastrous ‘flood alleviation’ scheme on a tributary of the River Conwy which replaced sea trout spawning beds with a 200 metre rectangular concrete channel!

Speak Up For The Habitats Directive

Do you think the Habitats Directive has been effective in protecting threatened species and habitats? Do European Union (EU) agriculture and rural development policies generally support the objectives of the Habitats Directives? Is there still a need for EU legislation to protect species and habitats?

These are some of the questions that the European Commission is currently asking members of the public as part of its ‘fitness check’ of the Habitats and Birds Directives. Fish Legal is encouraging all of its members who have seen the Habitats Directive being used to respond to this consultation.

A key concern is that any attempt to reduce regulation in this area of nature conservation could lead to the wholesale revision or ‘watering down’ of the Habitats and Birds Directives, and damage fisheries.

The public consultation opened on 30 April and runs for 12 weeks, ending on 24 July 2015. To answer the short online questionnaire click HERE.

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

Vote for Get Hooked on Fishing to Win Community Funding

GHoF has reached the final round of Aviva Community Fund bids. Their success is down to a public vote – please vote for GHoF and help deprived and vulnerable children develop their confidence and self-esteem through angling. Register and vote now – if successful GHoF will change lives for the better forever.

> Vote for Get Hooked on Fishing HERE
Please note – your 10 votes can ALL go to GHoF!

New Appointments to Angling Trust Board

The Angling Trust Board of Directors has formally approved the appointment of Roger Furniss as a Vice President and Sarah Collins as a Director of the Angling Trust.

> Read more

FLE: Refocusing on the Outdoors Through Angling

For Life Experiences (FLE) is a Not-For-Profit organisation centred around angling and outdoor pursuits with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are passionate about helping others access the outdoor environment. FLE know their stuff when it comes to fishing and have some of the best anglers and facilitators in the country working with them.

We recommend you check out FLE’s great new website atflefishing.net for info on all the upcoming activities.

Angling Trust Welcomes New Invasive Non-Native Species Manager Emily Smith

Emily Smith starts work this month as the Angling Trust’s Invasive Non-Native Species Manager. Emily joins the Freshwater team while studying for her PhD at University College London (UCL). Emily’s thesis is “Conduits of Invasive Aquatic Species: The Angling Route” and will investigate the risk of anglers inadvertently bringing invasive species to the UK. This will contribute to a better understanding of the measures required to limit these real threats to our angling environment and biodiversity.

Emily can be contacted at: emily.smith@anglingtrust.net

Sign Up for the Canal & Rivers Trust Anglers’ Update

The Canal & Rivers Trust provide a free email update to all anglers and fish fans who subscribe to their “Anglers’ Update”. The news update shares a taste of just some of the stuff that happens behind the scenes at C&RT and events on their waterways.

> Read more and subscribe

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Greys Fishing to Support Fly Fishing Teams and Competitions

The Angling Trust is to collaborate with Greys Fishing to support youth fly fishing in England. The two year deal will see Greys Fishing become the Official Supplier to England Youth Fly Fishing and the Official Sponsor of both the Loch Style and newly launched Junior Bank National.

> Read more

Please Help the Angling Trust England Ladies Coarse Fishing Team

In August the Ladies Coarse Team are heading to Belgium to try and regain the gold medal but incredibly, these hugely successful competitors still do not have a sponsor and will have to raise their own funds. The target on their GoFundMe page is just £1,000 – PLEASE HELP!

> Read more and donate

Dates for your diary…

Family Fishing Fun Day West Midlands: 27th May

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner? Then come along to a FREE Family Fishing Fun Day. The next one is on Wednesday 27th May 2015, 10am – 3pm at Kingsbury Water Park, Warwickshire,B76 0DY. Fishing tackle and instruction from our licensed coaches can be provided. Plus there are activities for non-anglers and family members.

For more information call Angling Trust Regional Officer for the West Midlands, Dave Evans: 07854 239 721

A full list of Family Fishing Fun Days can be found HERE.

The 20th Anniversary Barbel Show: 7th June

Guest speakers include; Des Taylor – entertaining all-rounder, Dave Harrell – float fishing for barbel, John Baker and John Llewellyn – barbel bait gurus, Rob Swindells – barbel fishing my way. Large trade room for all your pre-season purchases of tackle and bait. Tickets in advance fromwww.barbelsociety.co.uk

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD

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E-NewsletterMay 2015

Lambourn sewage threat: latest news

Nick Measham, our Freshwater Campaigns Consultant, highlights a new battleground.
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“Save Our Waters” campaign: the story so far

Janina Gray, our Head of Science and Chair of the Blueprint for Water coalition, reports.
Read more >>

Scotland’s salmon rod catches in 2014 lowest in 60 years

Figures underline why action is needed to conserve stocks
Read more >>

Insecticides: silent killers of aquatic and terrestrial flylife

Janina Gray, our Head of Science, raises the alarm.
Read more >>

Head of fishery science ups her game

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Janina Gray,our well-regarded Head of Science and Environment Policy has successfully defended her PhD. Read more >>

Kill Licence Briefing

We support proposals in Scotland to introduce a “kill licence” system for salmon from the 2016 season. Read more >>

Neonicotinoids: even scientists don’t agree!

Pesticides review should not be afraid to seek answers, says John Slader.
Read more >>

CLA Game Fair decision

The S&TA’s Trustees and Executive Committee have just issued this statement: “Reluctantly, we have decided not to have an Association presence at the Game Fair this year. Costs of running the S&TA tent have steadily grown over the years, alongside our expanding programme of campaigns and projects that all have the well-being of our precious waterways and fish stocks at their heart. We’re sure that our members would much prefer to have their subscriptions and donations directly supporting these causes, and it is this belief that has led us to this decision. Of course, we shall monitor this carefully and will be happy to reconsider this in the future if the S&TA membership feels that our presence at the Game Fair adds real value to the Association.”

Match a Hatch phone app

Something for every trout angler a new app “Match a Hatch”. Developed by Salisbury & District AC, Dr. Cyril Bennett MBE and SADAC member Kevin Adams it will tell you what fly you’re seeing hatching and suggest an artificial to use. Simply, tap on one of the Mayfly, Sedge or Caddis images and the app will do everything else. Available to download from app stores
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Friday 17th April 2015

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

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News
This edition we bring you news of our challenge to political parties to continue their support for angling, Fish Legal’s concern that the EA have let off a slurry polluting farmer with a donation to charity rather than prosecution and a great member discount on holidays and tackle…

Recreational Bass Angling At The European Parliament

The Angling Trust represented sea anglers at the highest level in Europe this week at an event on the long term management of recreational sea bass fisheries. David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Campaigns Manager, attended the event at the European Parliament in Brussels organised by the new Forum for Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment.

> Read more

Need for Coordinated Response to Prymnesium Fish Kills

It was encouraging to see our involvement in the issue of toxic Prymnesium algae and the resulting fish kills being given national coverage in publications and websites this week. Angling Trust Eastern Region Chairman Kelvin Allen (pictured left) is quoted in this article on the Guardian website.

Please Join Us For a Meeting
About Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary

All angling clubs, riparian owners, anglers, hoteliers, guides and anyone else concerned for the future of salmon, sea trout, shad, lamprey, eels and sea fish in the Severn Estuary are invited to a meeting at the Chase Hotel in Ross on Wye on Saturday 9 May from 10am to 12.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

> More details about the meeting

The meeting will be chaired by Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal and will include presentations from Fish Legal solicitors, angling clubs from South Wales and fisheries experts and is open to members and non-members.

Please RSVP to admin@anglingtrust.net as space is limited.

Angling Trust Parliamentary Bass Champions Awards

On the eve of the General Election the Angling Trust has acknowledged the ‘sterling work’ of seven MPs from the Conservative, Labour and LibDem parties in pressing for measures to save threatened bass stocks. The MPs have all been raising the bass issue in debates in the House of Commons, by tabling parliamentary questions and in direct representations to ministers.

> Read more

Take Part in the Spring Raffle and Win a Fishing Holiday in Venezuela!

 

Take part in the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle and you could win one of 10 great prizes. Top prize is a dream fishing holiday for two in Venezuela worth £8,500 provided by Roxtons Field Sports. Other prizes include a short-break holiday at one of the Forest Holidays centres in the UK,Daiwa tackle vouchers worth a total of £3,000 and annual subscriptions to Bauer Media Group angling titles including Angling Times, Sea Angler and Trout & Salmon.

> Full details and entry at www.anglingraffle.net

Leading the Way for Migrant Angler Communities

It can be hard to be a migrant angler who always fishes by the rules but get tarred by the same brush as others who continue to poach.

Read more from our Building Bridges Project Manager Rado Papiewski in his latest blog.

Shooting Day Raffle Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who took part in our raffle to win a day’s shooting, which raised nearly £18,000 to support our work fighting for fish and fishing. Mr Ashe from Oxfordshire was the lucky winner and is greatly looking forward to taking seven friends on an unforgettable day next winter, courtesy of our very generous donor.

Take A Friend Fishing

Have you ever challenged your other half to a fishing match? Our own Regional Officer James Roche did and writes “I took the opportunity to take my wife Elizabeth fishing over the Easter weekend and whilst I took victory for catching the most fish, Liz’s common carp secured victory in the biggest fish challenge.

How about taking a non-angler fishing this weekend?

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

 

Fish Legal Call On SEPA to Protect Clyde Salmon

Pictured Left: Small sample of the total amount of fish killed in 2013 that have been dumped in a skip

Fish Legal has sent a legal notification under the Environmental Liability Directive to Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) asking that they take immediate action against Scottish Water, to stop a repeat of the devastating 2013 sewage pollution incident on the lower Clyde that killed up to 20% of the entire Clyde salmon run.

Fish Legal has discovered that a major factor in 2013 fish kill was poor operating practice at Scottish Water’s (SW) Dalmarnock sewage treatment works, one of Glasgow’s largest. In particular the poor state of Dalmarnock’s storm tank facilities has resulted in frequent emissions of raw sewage into the Clyde.

SW’s Dalmarnock licence requires it to have event monitors that record the duration and frequency of sewage spills into the Clyde. Unfortunately SEPA has chosen not to enforce this condition, and so we suspect that Dalmarnock sewage treatment works is pumping raw sewage into the Clyde much more frequently than the regulator realises.

Fish Legal solicitor Robert Younger is pressing for action.

Fish Legal & Angling Trust Respond to Water Framework Directive Consultation

Fish Legal, the Angling Trust and WWF, have jointly submitted a response to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the second cycle of draft River Basin Management Plans.

The consultation was an opportunity for the organisations to assess the Government’s performance and whether it had achieved its commitments in the ‘Statement of Position’ – agreed commitments which resulted from legal action taken by Fish Legal, Angling Trust and WWF against the Environment Agency in 2010 – regarding the then new plans.

To read the consultation response in full click HERE.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Big Players Back Team England Carp Squad

In an unprecedented move, the major players in the carp industry have put aside commercial and political differences to throw their weight behind the National Squad in readiness for this years World Carp Fishing Championships on the River Ebro in Spain in October.

> Read more

RiverFest Qualifiers: Update for Entrants

The Angling Trust RiverFest 2015 draw has now taken place. Full lists of competitors for all the qualifiers are now available on our website HERE. We are in the process of calling competitors to take payment or if you have been successful and would like to pay for your place(s), you are welcome to call our part-time RiverFest Administrator Ian Shepherd when he is next in the office after Tuesday 21st. Please have your card details ready. Thank you.

> Read more and view RiverFest 2015 competitor lists

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows and events…

The Angling Trust North West Fisheries Forum

The Angling Trust North West Fisheries Forum in Cooperation with the Environment Agency.
April 21st 2015 at Croft Village Hall (off J22 M6), Mustard Lane, Croft, WA3 7BQ

Tea and Coffee served at 6.45pm meeting begins 7.15pm

The meeting is OPEN TO ALL and FREE TO ATTEND
To register to attend the meeting please just emailjohn.cheyne@anglingtrust.net

Family Fishing Fun Day – Walthamstow

Saturday 18th April.  11am – 4pm,  GHOF Walthemstowe, Walthemstowe Reservoir N17 9NH

Call Grant Fear: 07969 645201

> Read more

Family Fishing Fun Day – Ealing

Sunday 19th April.  11am – 4pm,  GHOF Ealing, West London UB5 6UR

Call James Thornhill: 07837 980210

> Read more

Membership Offers
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Exclusive Offer: Save 10% with Forest Holidays

10% off at Forest Holidays – visit www.forestholidays.co.ukand enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box when booking*

* Code entitles a paying Angling Trust member to 10% off the cost of a cabin at any of the 9 Forest Holidays locations. This code must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be used with any other offers. All bookings must be made by 30/06/2015. Forest Holidays reserve the right to withdraw this code at any time.

NEW: Member Discount
The Rod Rest That Coarse Anglers Are Talking About…

Who thought the back rest could be re-invented? Well, Bank BUG have done it, and are offering Angling Trust members the opportunity to purchase the amazing Rock Steady Back Rest system at a discounted rate.

To get your £5.00 discount on a set of three rests, simply call Freephone: 0800 088 6565 with your membership number. A complete set of three rests retail at £29.99, this is your chance to snap them up for £24.99 post free.

This offer is for a limited period only so order NOW.

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

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

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News
This edition we bring you news of our challenge to political parties to continue their support for angling, Fish Legal’s concern that the EA have let off a slurry polluting farmer with a donation to charity rather than prosecution and a great member discount on holidays and tackle…

Political Parties Challenged To Sign Up To A Manifesto For Angling

The Angling Trust has published its 2015 Manifesto for Angling ahead of the General Election on May 7th, which is being sent to all the main political parties and to members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling, in a move to continue the strong cross-party support which angling has enjoyed in recent years

> Read the Manifesto for Angling

AT Urges Anglers to Make Bass An Election Issue

The Angling Trust wants to see bass stock recovery raised as a General Election issue and is urging anglers to contact their local candidates to seek pledges of support for ‘a fair, balanced and proportionate’ package of measures that targets commercial fishing practices that are doing the most harm to the UK’s most popular saltwater sportfish.

(A separate members update will be coming out shortly covering the new bag restrictions now in place – make sure you are on our Sea Update mailing list also by clicking HERE!)

> Read more

Big Result at The Big One

Thanks to everybody who came to the Angling Trust stand at the recent ‘The Big One’ show and talked to us about our campaigns to protect fish and fishing.

As well as signing up over 100 new adult members, we had the opportunity to reaffirm partnerships in the angling industry and grow support amongst the trade for our campaigns on enforcement, participation, poaching and pollution as well as drumming up support for our international competitors.

Pictured: Angling Trust Carp Team England Manager Rob Hughes and our Building Bridges Project Manager Rado Papiewski met up to discuss the issues surrounding migrant anglers and plan future communications about this important area of our work.

DON’T FORGET: Enter Our Spring Raffle for Fish and Fishing – Win a Fishing Holiday in Venezuela!

 

Take part in the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle and you could win one of 10 great prizes. Top prize is a dream fishing holiday for two in Venezuela worth £8,500 provided by Roxtons Field Sports. Other prizes include a short-break holiday at one of the Forest Holidays centres in the UK,Daiwa tackle vouchers worth a total of £3,000 and annual subscriptions to Bauer Media Group angling titles including Angling Times, Sea Angler and Trout & Salmon.

> Full details and entry at www.anglingraffle.net

NEW: Enforcement Blog

Please take a minute to read the latest blog about our angling enforcement campaigns from Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE. This is just one great example of why your individual membership support is so vital to our work.

“Fisheries Enforcement Campaign: The Vision Progresses…”

Our FEWs (Fishery Enforcement Workshops) have been a vital part of raising awareness and training anglers to respond to angling related crime – book a place on the next workshop for just £20 and get a full day of quaility assured training from Angling Trust, Environment Agency, IFM and Police experts.

> Booking: Open to all anglers – ideal for clubs and bailiffs

 

Shooting Day Raffle Ends Soon:
Last Chance to Buy a Ticket Before 31st March!

Tickets for our fabulous day of pheasant and partridge shooting are selling like hot-cakes but there are a few of the300 tickets still available at just £100 each to win the whole package for 8/9 people including a fine lunch. You can even arrange with the donor the date next winter in Wiltshire that suits you best. Please spread the word to everyone you know who might be interested. Don’t miss out by putting it off – get your ticket NOW!

> Enter the Shooting Day Raffle Here

Rod Licence Income Funds 17 New Fishery Improvement Schemes

The new Fishery Improvement Fund, administered by the Angling Trust and funded with rod licence income from the Environment Agency, has made funding awards to 3 fisheries, 13 clubs and 1 angling project totalling £65,000 to improve facilities for angling throughout England.

> Read more

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

 

Natural Resources Wales Failing to Protect Welsh Fisheries

Fish Legal, representing its member club the Seiont Gwyrfai & Llyfni Anglers’ Society, has issued another judicial review against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as part of a long-running campaign to save the endangered Arctic charr at Llyn Padarn, North Wales.

> Read more

Environment Agency Ignores Own Guidance by Accepting ‘Enforcement Undertaking’

Fish Legal has written to the Environment Agency to express its concerns that the regulator accepted an enforcement undertaking rather than prosecuting farmers who polluted Wellow Brook in Somerset with 150,000 gallons of slurry, without consulting two Fish Legal member clubs affected by the incident. Anglers only became aware that the farmers have agreed to pay £5,000.00 to the Bath & Avon Rivers Trust, together with Agency’s costs, by reading about it in the press.

Despite acknowledging “the serious environmental harm the slurry had caused” the Environment Agency accepted the enforcement undertaking, rather than prosecute. The Agency’s approach contravenes its own internal guidance and is a particular concern, as powers to accept enforcement undertakings rather than prosecute are likely to be widened this April to include environmental permitting offences.

> Read more

Water Companies Seek Guidance on Implementing Fish Legal Ruling

Fish Legal has learnt that all the major water and wastewater companies in England and Wales have, together with their representative body, Water UK, instructed a firm to provide advice on the application of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 to them. This comes after the ruling in Fish Legal’s recent landmark case requiring them to respond to environmental information requests from the public under these regulations. The companies are seeking guidance on how to respond to requests and what information they are allowed to charge to supply.

We would be interested to hear from any members who have already exercised their new right to ask for environmental information from their local water and sewerage company. Let us know what you asked for and how your request was dealt with by emailing admin@fishlegal.net

Fish Legal Talk at the Institute of Fisheries Management

Fish Legal’s Head Solicitor will be giving an evening talk about the organisation’s recent successes and the changing nature of its work on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at the Institute of Fisheries Management in London. More details and contact information for anyone wishing to attend can be found HERE.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

ANGLING TRUST RIVERFEST 2015:
The UK’s Number One River Competition is Back!

Angling Trust’s RiverFest is back with a bang and is bigger and better than ever with four more qualifiers and a whopping prize pool of £34,000 expected to be paid out over the two day final in November.

> Read more

Membership Offers
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

NEW: Member Discount
The Rod Rest That Coarse Anglers Are Talking About…

Who thought the back rest could be re-invented? Well, Bank BUG have done it, and are offering Angling Trust members the opportunity to purchase the amazing Rock Steady Back Rest system at a discounted rate.

To get your £5.00 discount on a set of three rests, simply call Freephone: 0800 088 6565 with your membership number. A complete set of three rests retail at £29.99, this is your chance to snap them up for £24.99 post free.

This offer is for a limited period only so order NOW.

View the video HERE.

Exclusive Offer: Save 10% with Forest Holidays

10% off at Forest Holidays – visit www.forestholidays.co.ukand enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box when booking*

* Code entitles a paying Angling Trust member to 10% off the cost of a cabin at any of the 9 Forest Holidays locations. This code must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be used with any other offers. All bookings must be made by 30/06/2015. Forest Holidays reserve the right to withdraw this code at any time.

Navionics Offer at The Big One

In the next edition of this e-news, we’ll be announcing the winners of five Sonarphone units and the Navionics SonarCharts live app, that our Trade member Navionics very generously donated to us at last weekend’s The Big One show.

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows and events…

Family Fishing – Sheffield – 11th April

Family Fishing Fun Day #familyfishing

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of family friendly activities? Would you like someone to learn about the pleasures of fishing and being outdoors?

Free sessions of instruction with our licenced angling coaches plus lots of other fun things for non-anglers and other family members. All tackle provided – just bring yourselves!

For more details or to get involved call Angling Trust Regional Officer – Andy Loble – Yorkshire & Humber on 07539 416223

More Family Fishing Days around the country will be announced soon.

> Read more

North East Fisheries Enforcement Workshop – 9th May

The Angling Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, Institute of Fisheries Management and UK National Wildlife Crime Unit is holding the North East Fisheries Enforcement Workshop at Long Marston, York, North Yorkshire YO26 7LN on Saturday 9 May 2015.

This will be a very full day and subjects include:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • How fisheries enforcement is delivered, and how this fits within the bigger picture of Rural & Wildlife Crime
  • How best to address issues concerning migrant anglers

> Read more

Level 2 Coaching Courses

If you are interested in taking the Level 2 Angling Coach course then you will find all the details in our website via the link below.

Applicants for a Level 2 course are normally required to hold a Level 1 Award/Certificate in Coaching Angling and to supply evidence of this with their Level 2 application. (Any application for exemption from Level 1 must have been formally approved before a Level 2 application can be processed.)

> Read more

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 27th March 2015 Angling Trust Logo
Anglers Get New Voice In European ParliamentAnglers now have a new voice in Europe thanks to the establishment of the ‘Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment’ in the European Parliament.The event was the first opportunity for the many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present to meet representatives of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) to hear about the importance of angling to the economy, environment and rural development.The Angling Trust played a lead role at the launch which took place in Brussels on the 25th of March and which follows the publication of the Angling Trust’s Manifesto for Angling, which was sent to all major UK political parties last week.The event was chaired by the President of the Forum, MEP Norica Nicolai (Romania, ALDE).Angling Trust Vice-President Mike Heylin, who is a Board Member of EAA said in his speech at the event:“25 million people regularly fish across the EU, the biggest EU constituency. They must be better taken into consideration by their EU representatives”.Mark Owen, Head of Freshwater at the Angling Trust, gave a presentation on the role of anglers as “guardians and protectors of the aquatic environment”, using the Voluntary Bailiff Service as an example of partnership working with the Environment Agency in England.  He also pointed out the social role of fishing organisations through projects such as Get Hooked on Fishing to benefit young people and those with physical and mental disabilities.Jean-Claude Bel, CEO of EFTTA explained the purpose of the establishment of this informal Forum in the EP and stressed the economic and social importance of angling in the EU.  He highlighted some important economic figures about the sector (1 kg of fish caught by a recreational fisherman brings 200-300 EUR to the economy and the economic ripple effect sees more than 39 billion EUR annually and 800,000 jobs).  Mr. Bel then explained how the development of these low-environmental impact activities can be an important tool for rural development: “Angling tourism brought 280 million EUR into the Irish economy in 2012, more than golf”.In her presentation, Anna Gueorguieva, senior Advisor at the World Bank presented the World Bank development strategy currently being implemented in the Danube delta region, in which recreational fisheries proved to be a sustainable driving force to tackle the fisheries management and rural desertification problems.MEP Norica Nicolai concluded the event by insisting on the economic potential of recreational fisheries: “Our passion can also be a key for job creation and economic development”, she declared.

The next event of the Forum, “The European sea bass recreational fisheries and its long term management”, is scheduled on the 14th April. It will be chaired by MEP Alain Cadec and the Angling Trust’s Marine Campaigns Manager David Mitchell will be attending the event.

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Notes to Editors

Images:

Download new forum in session HERE

Download group photo HERE

Group l-r: Mike Heylin, Mark Owen, Jean-Claude Bel, Anna Gueorguieva & Jan Kappel

More information: Mark Owen, Head of Freshwater – Angling Trust. mark.owen@anglingtrust.net

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 atwww.anglingtrust.net or call us on 01568 620447

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Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment in session

 

Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 27th March 2015 Angling Trust Logo
Angling Trust Urges Anglers To Speak Up For Our WatersThe shocking state of England’s rivers revealed.As the Environment Agency releases figures today that reveal just 17% of England’s rivers are in good health, the Angling Trust and the Blueprint for Water Coalition are urging communities across England to make a stand and speak up for the rivers, lakes, wetlands and beaches that they love.Latest Environment Agency improvements in gathering evidence have led to a truer picture of the health of England’s rivers, which is far worse than previous official figures suggested.Blueprint for Water, a coalition of 16 environmental and fishing organisations, including the Angling Trust, is urging everyone concerned with the health of our waters to respond to the Environment Agency’s current consultation on River Basin Management Plans, which determine how our water ways will be managed over the next six years. The group has developed theSave Our Waters website to enable people to respond to the consultation and help these watery places. Rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and beaches are essential for people and wildlife; not only are they used for pleasure (walking, canoeing, fishing), but they’re also essential for drinking water, sanitation and flood management.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said:“While there has been some progress with improvements on our rivers in the past 6 years, the overall picture is very poor.  Agricultural pollution is challenging sewage as the number one problem facing water quality.  The government needs to get a grip of this issue in particular and take concerted action to stop the widespread erosion of soils that is damaging to agricultural productivity and leading to widespread pollution and increased flood risk.  The £2 billion of agricultural subsidies must be used more effectively, in conjunction with robust enforcement, to change land use practices so that our country’s soils are not washed into rivers and out to sea.”Janina Gray, Head of Science and Environmental Policy for the Salmon & Trout Association and Blueprint for Water Chair, said:“The figures released today are shocking and show us that things are worse than we thought. Just 17% of England’s rivers are in good health. This is unacceptable and threatens wildlife and livelihoods. We shouldn’t ignore great efforts by wildlife groups, rivers trusts, water companies and others to make real improvements to our rivers but we clearly need a step change if we are going to make meaningful progress on diffuse pollution, abstraction and physical damage and that needs government to take action. It is more important than ever that everyone gets involved with this consultation. We’re asking everyone, as they plan their Easter break, to take two minutes to respond to the consultation via the Save Our Waters website.”Rose O’Neill, Water Policy Manager, WWF, and member of Blueprint for Water, said:“It’s clear that we are failing our rivers and the wildlife they are home to. We need to see government action to restore these rivers, for example by reducing abstraction and tackling pollution from sewage works, farms and roads. There’s still time to add your voice, but I’d urge everyone to respond quickly as the consultation ends in less than two weeks.”

Every response on the Save Our Waters website is sent directly to the Environment Agency. It also offers an option for those who have a little more time to contribute their views. For more details, visit saveourwaters.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Blueprint for Water coalition is a unique coalition of environmental, water efficiency, fisheries and angling organisations which call on the Government and its agencies to set out the necessary steps to achieve “sustainable water”. The Blueprint for Water is a campaign of Wildlife and Countryside Link. More information is available at www.blueprintforwater.org.uk

2. Figures from the EA in May 2014 showed that it was thought 31% of England’s rivers were at good ecological status. This drop to 17% and apparent ‘decline’ is a result of the EA developing a more robust monitoring system that offers a much truer reflection of water body health.

Responses to the current consultation on draft River Basin Management Plans can be submitted viawww.saveourwaters.org.uk. All responses are sent directly to the Environment Agency. The infographic used is also available via this website.

3. For more information contact: Mark Lloyd    07973 468198
Mark Owen   07545 733245

In addition to the Angling Trust the following organisations support this initiative:

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • The Rivers Trust
  • The Salmon & Trout Association
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • Woodland Trust
  • WWF – UK

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 atwww.anglingtrust.net or call us on 01568 620447

Fish Legal Media Release13 March 2015 Fish Legal

Arctic char

Natural Resources Wales Failing to Protect Welsh Fisheries

Fish Legal, representing its member club the Seiont Gwyrfai & Llyfni Anglers’ Society, has issued another judicial review against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as part of a long-running campaign to save the endangered Arctic charr at Llyn Padarn, North Wales.

NRW, the environmental regulator for Wales, is accused for the second time of failing to live up to its legal obligations when deciding which operators are accountable for damage to the endangered fish and its protected habitat at the lake. The lake and the fish are notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (or SSSI), and form part of the Anglers’ Society’s fishing.

This new legal action follows on from a previous successful judicial review claim against NRW in the same case, concluded in May 2014. The anglers successfully argued that NRW had failed to apply the law correctly and so had not fully taken into account damage caused to the protected charr and its habitat from sewage pollution and other activities. Fish Legal alleges that NRW has made some of the very same mistakes for a second time around, as well as identifying new significant illegalities present in the regulator’s most recent attempt at managing damage to the environment at the lake.

The Angler’s Society that Fish Legal represents strongly believes that Dŵr Cymru / Welsh Water, and the nearby Dinorwig Power Station operated by First Hydro, should be held more fully liable for past and ongoing damage to the protected site, and that NRW should have done much more (much sooner) to protect the fishery. One of the major problems is perceived to be a lack of fisheries expertise and resources at the regulator, as well as conflicting internal priorities.

NRW has told Dŵr Cymru / Welsh Water that it is liable for only a part of the overall damage, in having caused a toxic algal bloom in 2009, but has failed to go further than that despite treated and untreated sewage inputs still causing problems, and a major decline in charr populations being acknowledged.

As things are currently, the tax-payer is left with the major expense for dealing with the damaged environment.

William Rundle, Head Solicitor at Fish Legal, said:

“We are very disappointed to be in this position again, of having to sue the regulator because it just can’t get it right. 3 years on from our notification of damage to them (itself part of a much longer campaign), we are still having to deal with major errors in its decision-making. These errors mean big businesses that make significant profits out of their activities can do so without being held fully accountable to the public for damage we have seen caused to the habitat of a rare and endangered fish. NRW is failing fisheries here; it is failing to protect this precious environment effectively and implement the ‘polluter pays principle’.”

Huw Hughes, Secretary of the Anglers’ Society, said:

“It’s beyond belief that since 1992 we have been trying to get the regulating authorities to acknowledge, and then decisively act on, the serious damage that we have seen from the activities of Welsh Water’s sewerage discharges and the Hydro Power Companies’ (now First Hydro) water releases on the waters of Llyn Padarn and the river Seiont. We have fished this area for decades and believe their operations have driven the Arctic charr, a rare native fish of the lake, onto the brink of extinction.”

He further said:

“Perhaps it does not matter all that much to National Resources Wales nor their masters the Welsh Government if the charr slips into oblivion. But in actual fact it does matter to everybody else that this relic of the ice age thrives amongst us as a beacon to the pristine environment that we all strive for. So come on NRW get your finger out and do what’s expected of you – sort this out now.”

Notes to Editor

1. Fish Legal is a membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. It is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative and governing body for angling in England. Joint membership packages with the Angling Trust are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.

2. For more information please visit the Fish Legal website:www.fishlegal.net

3. Press enquiries: Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive atmark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net or on 07973 468198. Alternatively, contact our main office on 01568 620447.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseWednesday 3rd March 2015 Angling Trust Logo
Experienced Retired West Midlands Police Officer Kevin Pearson Joins Angling Trust Enforcement TeamThe Angling Trust has now established its lead in delivering the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign – properly locating fisheries offences within the much bigger picture of Rural, Wildlife, Business, Hate and Organised Crime, in addition to raising awareness and encouraging intelligence-sharing and partnership working.Retired West Midlands police officer Kevin Pearson (pictured, right) is Superintendent Bailiff for the Birmingham Anglers’ Association and the latest Key Volunteer to join the Angling Trust Enforcement Team.Kevin said: ”My role with the Birmingham Anglers’ Association has emphasised to me the importance of the need to apply policing methods to this problem – and I am delighted to have this opportunity to support this essential work“.Kevin will be delivering the session on “Angling Club Bailiffs: Best Practice” at the North East Fisheries Enforcement Workshop (FEW)  in York on Saturday 9 May 2015To book a place and for more information about this new FEW, please click HERE.Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE, a retired West Mercia Police officer, said: ”We are delighted to have the support of other experienced policing professionals like Nevin Hunter, the former Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, who also joined our team recently, and now Kevin Pearson.Moreover, Kevin’s experience running the country’s largest angling club’s bailiffs will prove invaluable, especially, in the absence of a Midlands Voluntary Bailiff Service and with the forthcoming Operation LEVIATHAN in mind – a partnership between West Mercia, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire Police, and the Environment Agency, details of which will be released soon“.(See our recent press release about Nevin Hunter’s role in Angling Trust fisheries enforcement HERE.)Photograph:
Retired West Midlands Police officer Kevin Pearson, a lifelong angler and the Birmingham Anglers’ Association’s Superintendent Bailiff, is the latest Key Volunteer to join the Angling Trust Enforcement Team.ENDSContact:
More information and photos available from Dilip Sarkar MBE
National Enforcement Manager, Angling Trust
dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.netThe 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.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseFriday 27th February 2015 Angling Trust Logo
Former Head of Police National Wildlife Crime Unit Joins Angling Trust Enforcement TeamThe Angling Trust is delighted to announce that former Head of the police’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, Nevin Hunter, has become an Angling Trust Key Volunteer in its Enforcement Team.In this role Nevin will continue to support the Angling Trust’s multi-agency approach to fisheries enforcement and its encouragement of partnership working and intelligence-sharing, in order to ensure that fisheries enforcement becomes embedded within the wider framework of Rural, Wildlife, Business, Hate and Organised Crime.Nevin’s volunteer assistance will help the Trust maintain and developed momentum to ensure that Angling Enforcement – one of the sports hot-topics, and a frequent source of frustration amongst anglers – remains at the forefront of its work to protect fish and fishing.Dilip Sarkar MBE, National Enforcement Manager for the Angling Trust said:
“That Nevin is now an Angling Trust Key Volunteer speaks volumes of his personal commitment to making a positive difference to Wildlife Crime issues – and the very positive way in which the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Campaign is viewed by such professionals. Whilst Head of the NWCU Nevin was very supportive of the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign, and that this continues beyond Nevin’s retirement from the police service is a massive bonus for us all.”Nevin Hunter added:
“Throughout my time as a Police Wildlife Crime Officer I was constantly involved with tackling illegal angling related offences. Most recently this was part of conceiving and setting up Project TRESPASS to tackle the scourge of poaching in all of its forms.”I am keen to bring my skills and experience to support the Angling Trust. Anything I can do to help the organisation bring anglers together and train law enforcers about protecting and conserving fisheries will be time well spent and I am looking forward to working with the Trust and my former colleagues in the law enforcement community.”ENDSContact:
Dilip Sarkar MBE
National Enforcement Manager, Angling Trust
dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.netThe 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.

Friday 13th February 2015

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

Fish Legal is ramping up its legal work to help protect the rare Arctic Char, we need you to complete ourshort survey about our membership offering and there’s news about a new fundraising raffle to raise funds for fish and fishing. Don’t miss another great book competition at the end of this email.

You can read more sea angling news in our recent Sea-Update HERE.

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News

Fish Legal Warns Welsh Regulator of Further Court Action to Save Rare and Protected Fish

Fish Legal has sent Natural Resources Wales (NRW) a ‘letter before action’ for failing to protect the rare Arctic char in Llyn Padarn, North Wales.

> Read more

Review of Our Membership Model: Please Complete The Online Survey

The Angling Trust is constantly working to improve the service we offer. We are currently reviewing our membership model and we would like to invite you to provide your input via a short online survey that should take an absolute maximum of 10 minutes to complete. We would really welcome your views about your membership of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal. Please complete the survey by the end of February so that we can include your views in our paper to the Angling Trust board meeting in early March.

> Take Part in the Survey

Fancy a Flutter For a Day’s Shooting?

We have had a very generous donation of a really fabulous day’s pheasant and partridge shooting to enjoy next winter in Wiltshire and we are selling just 300 tickets at £100 each to win the whole package for 8/9 people including a fine lunch.  Date to be arranged with the donor.  If we sell all the tickets, we will raise £30,000 to support our work fighting for fish and fishing. Please spread the word to everyone you know who might be interested. Tickets must be sold by 31 March, so make sure you don’t miss out by putting it off!

> Enter the Raffle Here

NEW: Top 50 Coarse Fish Lists

The British Record (Rod-Caught) Fish Committee has published the Top 50 Coarse Fish Lists on their page on our website. This fascinating record of the top weights makes interesting reading for anybody interested in the biggest fish that swim in our waters.

> View the lists at www.anglingtrust.net/records

The record game and sea lists can be found on the same page.

Fishery Improvement Fund:
Deadline For Applications Tuesday 17th February 2015
Has Your Club or Fishery Applied Yet?

In the last edition of this e-news we let you know that the Angling Trust has launched a £65,000 ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’ which will make awards of up to £5,000 to to eligible organisations.

Applications must be posted or emailed to reach the Angling Trust by Tuesday 17th February 2015.

> Full details on how to apply

Mike Heylin Receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

Mike Heylin OBE was at Buckingham Palace recently to collect his award from HRH The Prince of Wales. He was made OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year. Accompanied by his wife, Eileen, son Alex and daughter Jenny, they enjoyed a day out in the cold and wet of a wintery London.

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Higher Minimum Legal Size Must Apply To All To Save Bass

An EU proposal to raise the minimum legal size for bass must apply to all those fishing for them – that’s the message the Angling Trust has sent to top decision makers at the EU and member of an EU working party who will be discussing further emergency measures for bass in Brussels tomorrow following the ban on pelagic trawling that was introduced earlier this month.

> Read more

Hot Topics on the Angling Trust Website

We’ve got a new section on our website – “Hot Topics” has contributions from prominent voices within angling about the rod licence and river close season as well as the bass campaign that we have been working on in recent months.

> Read more

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Welsh Anglers Seek Compensation for Massive Fish Kill

Agricultural slurry pollution caused catastrophic fish mortality on the Olway Brook in August 2013, due to farmer negligence when operating machinery at a slurry pit. Over 73,000 fish of all species were killed on this tributary of the river Usk, itself a special area of conservation. Fish Legal has advised its members in relation to the incident and presented the farmer with a claim for financial compensation as well as for further habitat work to mitigate damage to the ecology of the Brook.

Fish Legal Claims Compensation for Member Club Following Huge Fire and Explosions

Fish Legal has sent a claim to Multiroof Building Products Ltd for its member club the Todmorden Angling Society, claiming compensation for the pollution of one of its most popular coarse fisheries. Grove Lodge – a fishery at Littleborough in Lancashire – lies downstream of Multiroof’s former factory. According to the Health & Safety Executive around 95,000 tonnes of combustible fluids were on site when a fire broke out in May 2012. The fire destroyed the factory, caused solvent to enter Grove Lodge (killing many of the fish), in turn creating a strong smell of solvent making fishing impossible. Fish Legal’s letter claims damages for the fish kill, loss of amenity, loss of membership and day tickets income, as well as legal costs.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Carp Team England New Manager Appointed

Internationally renowned and respected carp angler Rob Hughes has been appointed Manager of Angling Trusts Carp Team England in an agreement that will secure the future of English representation in the international arena.

> Read more

England Feeder Team Announced

Preston Innovations England World Feeder team has been selected for the FIPSed 5th World Feeder Championships in 2015.

> Read more

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Still Time To Bid in the
Team England Fly Fishing Fundraising Auction

TEFF annual Auction to raise money for the AT Team England Fly Fishers is in full-swing with the money raised going towards the costs of our teams for 2015. Prizes include the chance to bid for a day’s guided fishing with top England International anglers!

> Read more

Register Your Reservoir With SEPA From 1 April 2015 To Avoid Charges

The regulatory landscape for reservoir safety in Scotland is changing. Find out how the changes will affect you.

> Read more

New Angler Log Book App Still Seeks Angler Input

Cefas are working to engage anglers as citizen scientists to map the distribution and health of wild freshwater and marine fish. To achieve this we are developing a free electronic logbook (smartphone app) as a reporting platform, which we hope anglers will also find valuable for recording their fishing experiences.

Click here to take the survey>

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows…

Carpin’ On 2015 – 7th and 8th March

The UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition which covers all aspects of carp-angling and brings all the biggest brands under one roof! Over 80 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers including legendary carp anglers Terry Hearn, Ali Hamidi and the Korda Team, Rob Hughes and many more…

More info at www.carpinon.co.uk

The Big One – 21st and 22nd March

UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Join us at FIVE Farnborough, GU14 6AZ on 21st and 22nd March 2015 for a host of Angling Celebrities and tackle bargains.

More info at www.fishfacepromotions.co.uk

Membership: Offers and Competitions
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Win “Running With The Tide” by Simon Smith

We will draw a winner on 27th February from anybody whoUSES THIS LINK to forward this email on to a friend. Please encourage them to join the Angling Trust – more members means we can do more to fight for fish and fishing…

Exhilarating and refreshing in its originality, this is a book about fishing, and being a fisherman, and how that changes everything.

Thanks to our supporters Medlar Press, publishers of fine fishing books and Waterlog magazine for supplying this prize. Check out their website at www.medlarpress.com for more angling titles.

> Read more about the book at Medlar Press

NB: You must use the link above to be counted in book draw entries

Book Competition Winners

The winner of the competition to win G.E.M. Skues’ “Itchen Memories” & His Biography was Mr P Blythin.

The wnner in our book prize draw at the British Fly Fair International last weekend was Mr P Sweatman.

15% Off Pallatrax Bait and Products

Pallatrax, the innovative bait and tackle company, is offering Angling Trust individual members 15% off all telephone orders. Pallatrax products can be viewed online atwww.pallatrax.co.uk

> Read how to get your discount

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Friday 30th January 2015

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

In This Bumper Edition:
A significant win in Angling’s fight to protect bass, news on fracking, yet more progress with our work on angling enforcement, cash awards for clubs and fisheries and an update on Fish Legal’s work. There’s loads of news this time so read on…

You can read more sea angling news in our latest Sea-Update HERE.

Don’t miss the book competition at the bottom.

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News

Anglers Celebrate As EU Bans Trawling For Bass

Trawling for bass during the spawning period has been banned in a historic set of emergency measures aimed at averting a total collapse of Europe’s bass stocks.

> Read more

Anglers Welcome Fracking Climbdown

The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to this week’s climbdown by the Government which means that fracking will no longer be permitted in National Parks or in water sensitive areas covered by SSSI’s or other special protections.

> Read more

Angling Trust Launches a New Fund for Fishery Improvements

The Angling Trust has launched a new £65,000 ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’ which will make awards of up to £5,000 for buying equipment, to make habitat improvements or for projects that get people fishing and support the aims of the National Angling Strategy ‘Fishing for Life’. The funding comes from the Environment Agency from some of the proceeds of rod licence sales.

> Read more

Angling Trust Meets Daniel Kawczynski MP – Prime Minister’s Envoy on Polish & Eastern European Diaspora in the UK

On 19 January 2015, key Angling Trust enforcement staff met with Daniel Kawczynski at Westminster – the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham in the Severn Valley, and the Prime Minister’s Envoy on Polish and Eastern European Diaspora in the UK, Mr Kawczynski is also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Poland.

> Read more

Angling Trust on BBC Winterwatch

Did you see our Head of Freshwater Campaigns Manager Mark Owen on BBC Winterwatch last week? He was talking with Chris Packham about the fight against the highly invasive signal crayfish and how we can all help to stop their spread as well as that of other aquatic invasives by following the #CheckCleanDry routine after each fishing trip. The piece starts at about the 28:40 mark. Well worth watching for the staggering facts about this highly problematic species.

> Watch on BBC iPlayer

Crucian Project Video Goes Live

The National Crucian Carp Project has this week launched a new information video aimed at encouraging angling and fishery interests to embrace crucian conservation and draw up plans for more crucian waters in their areas. The video is also part of a new episode of the Fishing Britain series produced by the YouTube channel FieldsportsChannel.tv and features the Angling Trust’s Martin Salter as a guest presenter.

> Watch on YouTube

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Fish Legal Seeks Compensation for Northern Ireland Sea Trout ‘Index River’

Fish Legal is sending a Letter Before Action demanding compensation from Northern Ireland Water following the latest in a long-running series of raw sewage spills into the River Shimna, a Northern Ireland sea trout ‘index river’, from a malfunctioning ‘combined storm outfall’ (CSO) in Newcastle, Co Down. In part thanks to the Shimna Angling Club’s vigilance – it has been club members who have usually spotted the spills and reported them to the NI Environment Agency – plus Fish Legal’s continued pressure (NIW settled a previous claim in 2007), infrastructure improvements have now been made and no further spills have apparently occurred since 2012.

Principle of Time Limited Planning Permissions for Fish Farms Affirmed by Scottish Government

The fish farming industry has received a blow after the principle of time-limited planning permissions for marine salmon farms was affirmed by the Scottish Government.

> Read more

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

RiverFest 2015:
The UK’s Number One River Competition Just Got Bigger!

Six new venues, twelve more places in the final, a bigger prize pot and a new teams of three competition are the big changes to this year’s RiverFest competition.

The Angling Trust has been working closely with competition creator Dave Harrell to grow the popular event still further, starting with four more qualifying venues…

> Read more and view the full list of qualifier venues

Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII Online Registration

Register at www.anglingtrust.net/fishomania for the chance to win £30k in the Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII grand final.

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Jeremy Wade Flies the Flag for
Angling Trust on ITV’s River Monsters

It was great to see Angling Trust Ambasador Jeremy Wade, putting to good use one of the stickers that we post to all our members, on his rod tube in Episode 6 of the latest series ofITV’s River Monsters. We’ll be sending him a replacement sticker!

Jeremy says “I’m supporting the Angling Trust because it’s only interest groups that can put forward a united and coherent message who stand any chance of making any impact.” – please forward this email to a friend and encourage them to join the Angling Trust too.

 

Invasive Non-Native Species Week

It’s “Invasives Week” on social media from Monday 2nd-Friday 6th Feb. Defra will be using #CheckCleanDry (CCD) on Twitter throughout the week to encourage anglers and other water users to Check, Clean, Dry their equipment and read-up on biosecurity awareness then on Friday 6 Feb there will be a Twitter Q&A for you to send in questions on invasive species. Check out the CCD stand at the British Fly Fair next weekend too – dates below.

> Read more about Check, Clean Dry

Angling Trust Re-issues Ice Advice PDF

With temperatures set to plummet yet again this week and many fisheries already iced-over, the Angling Trust, has re-issued advice to managers of still water fisheries about how to protect their fish from the weather conditions.

> Read more

Angling Trust Encourages Anglers To
Back Boat Watch Scheme

Working in partnership with Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Police have created a ‘Boat Watch’ scheme to be run alongside Neighbourhood Watch to promote security and safety on the inland waterways. The aim is to offer advice and the latest security devices to reduce the likelihood of users of the inland waterways becoming victims of crime.

> Read more

Coaching Continued Professional Development Days

Last weekend at our East Midlands Coaching Continued Professional Development Day (CPD) 20 licenced Angling coaches participated in a fantastic session which included the new ‘Coaching Children & Young People’ coaching specialism and an insight into secondary & primary schools from coach Ian Wilks.

Contact your local Angling Trust Regional Officer to locate a CPD session near you: www.anglingtrust.net/regionalofficers

Opportunities For You to Influence the Management of Inshore Fisheries

The Angling Trust is encouraging its members, and all other sea anglers in England, to apply for positions on the committees of the 10 Inshore Fishery & Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) which are responsible for the management and conservation of inshore fisheries resources out to six miles from the coast.

Applications close on Monday February 2nd.

> Read more

Environment Groups Celebrate Judges’ Ruling To Allow Thames Tideway Tunnel To Proceed

More good news for the Thames as the High Court rejects legal challenges to the long awaited ‘Super Sewer’ which will clean up pollution along the tidal river in London.

> Read more

Thousands of Fish Rehomed in Aylesbury

Together with Tring Anglers and the Boxmoor & District Angling Society, Canal & River Trust relocated over 5,000 fish to the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Mike Heylin OBE, Angling Trust Vice President and Secretary to the Boxmoor & District Angling Society said: “When we heard that the canal needed some extra fish we offered some roach and bream as really we had too many in this water.”

> Read more

There’s always something exciting happening at the Canal & River Trust. Keep up to date with their latest news and views including fishing news HERE.

Our Waters Need You

Blueprint for Water have created an infographic that shows the worrying state of our waters, the threats they face and how you can make a difference. Beneath the surface, our waters are in trouble. Less than a quarter of water bodies are in good health and face many threats, including, overuse, pollution and habitat destruction. With 40% of Atlantic Salmon populations declining and 77% of England’s unique chalk streams in bad health, it’s clear that our waters need your help.

> Read more and check out the infographic

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows…

COMING SOON:
The British Fly Fair International – 7th and 8th February

Join us at the British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground, ST18 0BD. The BFFI still attracts the best demonstration tyers from around the world and quality trade stands. Tying, casting, rod building, fishing techniques and entomology are all here to be discovered.

More info at www.bffi.co.uk

Carpin’ On 2015 – 7th and 8th March

The UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition which covers all aspects of carp-angling and brings all the biggest brands under one roof! Over 80 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers including legendary carp anglers Terry Hearn, Ali Hamidi and the Korda Team, Rob Hughes and many more…

More info at www.carpinon.co.uk

The Big One – 21st and 22nd March

UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Join us at FIVE Farnborough, GU14 6AZ on 21st and 22nd March 2015 for a host of Angling Celebrities and tackle bargains.

More info at www.fishfacepromotions.co.uk

Membership: Offers and Competitions
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Win Two Books:
G.E.M. Skues’ “Itchen Memories” & His Biography

This week Robert Hale publishes a re-issue of G.E.M. Skues’ classic work Itchen Memories.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this and Tony Hayter’s fascinating and richly researched biography of Skues, “The Man of the Nymph“, simply email your answer to the question below along with your membership number topublicity@halebooks.com

Find out more about both books at www.halebooks.com.

In what year was G.E.M. Skues born?
(a) 1858 (b) 1878 (c) 1898

Both books will be posted out to the winner on 13th February so get your answers in to publicity@halebooks.com soon!

NB: Don’t email us - email the publisher. Only one entry per membership number. Thanks.

15% Off Pallatrax Bait and Products

Pallatrax, the innovative bait and tackle company, is offering Angling Trust individual members 15% off all telephone orders. Pallatrax products can be viewed online atwww.pallatrax.co.uk

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Fish Legal Media Release28 January 2015 Fish Legal
Principle of time limited planning permissions for fish farms affirmed by Scottish GovernmentThe fish farming industry has received a blow after the principle of time-limited planning permissions for marine salmon farms was affirmed by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals refused an appeal by the Scottish Salmon Company to remove a 10 year time restriction on its salmon farm at Sgeir Dughall in Loch Torridon on Scotland’s north west coast. This is an important victory for those concerned about fish farms’ environmental impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks.In 2012 the Highland Council granted permission to the Scottish Salmon Company for a 2500 tonne fish farm in Upper Loch Torridon, but imposed a 10 year time-limit on the permission because of serious concerns over the potential impact of the farm on local salmon and sea trout populations. The fish farmer was very unhappy with the time restriction and in summer 2014 it made an application to Highland Council for the removal of the time limit, arguing that it was unreasonable, unnecessary and against Scottish Government planning policy. Fish Legal worked successfully with its member, the Wester Ross Area Salmon Fishery Board, to persuade the Highland Council to reject the application and reaffirm the need for the time limit.In November 2014, as expected, the Scottish Salmon Company appealed the matter to the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals claiming once again that the time limit was unreasonable and against government planning policy. Fish Legal worked with its client to submit powerful legal arguments in support of the planning authority’s decision to give a time limited permission. On 19 January a Decision was issued by the Reporter dismissing the salmon company’s appeal. The Appeal Reporter accepted much of the reasoning presented by Fish Legal that the 10 year restriction was consistent with Government policy and was entirely reasonable and necessary given uncertainty over the potential impact of the farm on wild salmon and sea trout populations.Robert Younger, Fish Legal Solicitor said:“I am very happy with this decision. Planning Authorities are legally responsible for managing the interactions between salmon fish farms and local salmon and sea trout populations and a time limited permission is an effective way in which this responsibility can be managed. We need to focus now on ensuring that all farms with temporary permissions are properly monitored so that their impacts on local salmon and sea trout are properly understood by the time the temporary permission has expired and the fish farmer is looking for a renewal.”

 

Friday 16th January 2015

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

We hope that our first email of 2015 finds you well and we wish you a Very Happy New Year. Read on for news on bass, angling related crime, our competitions and Fish Legal’s latest legal work…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News

Bass Anglers Urged to Flood EU Commissioner with Emails

The Angling Trust has begun the New Year battling for bass with a fresh call to anglers urging them to flood the EU Commissioner with emails supporting the call by the UK for emergency measures to save threatened bass stocks.

> Read more

Operation TRAVERSE – and a Whole New Dawn…

Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, in his new blog describes how work in this area has developed rapidly over the last few months and not only concerns the Voluntary Bailiff Service but also relates to locating fisheries enforcement within the much wider framework of Rural, Wildlife, Organised, Business and unfortunately more recently – Hate Crime.

> Read the latest update on Angling Enforcement

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Company Developing Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Plans Similar in Cardiff Bay

Following the public inquiry into the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon hydro scheme last year – on which the Planning Inspectorate is due to report and make its recommendations by March 2015 – the developers, Tidal Lagoon Power, have now informed the Inspectorate about plans to develop a further tidal lagoon in Cardiff Bay, with an application due in 2017. The eastern wall of the lagoon would be only 2km from the mouth of the River Usk, a Special Area of Conservation listed for its salmon runs. The risks from this new technology to migratory fish, which the developers say are minimal but which are still not clear, therefore look set to come under increasing scrutiny.

DC / Welsh Water Damaged Protected Lake, Llyn Padarn

The Welsh environmental regulator, Natural Resources Wales, has remade its decision over damage to the protected artic char at Llyn Padarn in North Wales, following a successful legal challenge by Fish Legal in 2014. Fish Legal welcomes the decision that DC Welsh Water caused environmental damage to the lake, which it had complained about for decades. However, despite NRW confirming significant human impacts on the SSSI and the protected sub-species of fish, which has suffered long-term decline, we are disappointed to see those responsible not being subjected to enforcement. This continues to leave the rare and unique fish in a precarious position on the edge of extinction.

New Year Fish Kill on Grand Union Canal

Fish Legal has been instructed by the Wreake Angling Club following a fish kill on the Felckney to Saddington Tunnel stretch of the Grand Union Canal. The club’s first match of the year, which took place on 5 January, was a disaster and the club fears that the rest of its season may be lost as a result of what is understood at this stage to be pollution from an agricultural source.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII Online Entry Now Open

The much anticipated Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII online entry process is now open on the Angling Trust website. The Angling Trust website will be the only means by which you can enter this event for the chance to win £30k in the grand final.

> Read more

England Call-Up For Talented Coarse Anglers

The Angling Trust is looking for talented coarse anglers who would like to apply for the England under 18s and under 23s youth assessments.

> Read more

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Unique Reel Making Equipment Up For Sale

Our member, Dave Lewthwaite has contacted us with news that he is disposing of his tooling and production equipment for Lewtham Products, makers of several well known and highly regarded centre-pin fishing reels including the Magnum Black and Blue, Leeds and Swift centrepins and several other trotting, fly and sea reels. This is a unique opportunity to own the machinery and engineering drawings needed to produce an already well established line of first class fishing tackle.

Interested? Contact Dave on dw.lewthwaite@ntlworld.comor forward this email to a friend.

> Read More and get full details of all the equipment

Team England Fly Fishing Hold Fundraising Auction

EFF have put together another annual Auction to raise money for the AT Team England Fly Fishers, the money raised will go towards the costs of our teams for 2015. Prizes include the chance to bid for a day’s guided fishing with top England International anglers!

> Read more

Martin Salter’s Blog: Catching Those Dream Fish…

The latest blog from Angling Trust campaigns top-man Martin Salter includes “a handy guide to making the most of a trip of lifetime and ensuring that you put yourself in with a fighting chance of actually landing those fish you’ve spent so long dreaming about” and describes the sometimes heavy duty gear and useful knots used for extreme fishing overseas.

> Read more

Sign the Wild Atlantic Salmon Petition Online

A new petition by the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) calling on the Scottish Parliament to protect Atlantic salmon stocks can be found HERE.

Please sign it, and help to maintain the pressure to further improve the conservation and protection of our iconic wild salmon.

> Read more

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows…

The British Fly Fair International – 7th and 8th February

Join us at the British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground, ST18 0BD. The BFFI still attracts the best demonstration tyers from around the world and quality trade stands. Tying, casting, rod building, fishing techniques and entomology are all here to be discovered.

More info at www.bffi.co.uk

Carpin’ On 2015 – 7th and 8th March

The UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition which covers all aspects of carp-angling and brings all the biggest brands under one roof! Over 80 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers including legendary carp anglers Terry Hearn, Ali Hamidi and the Korda Team, Rob Hughes and many more…

More info at www.carpinon.co.uk

The Big One – 21st and 22nd March

UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Join us at FIVE Farnborough, GU14 6AZ on 21st and 22nd March 2015 for a host of Angling Celebrities and tackle bargains.

More info at www.fishfacepromotions.co.uk

Membership Offers
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Cotswold Outdoor Offer: 15% Off for Angling Trust Members

Angling Trust members – get 15% off when you shop at any of the Cotswold Outdoor stores throughout the UK, online atwww.cotswoldoutdoor.com or by mail order.

> Read more

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Has the Tide Turned in Support of Recreational Sea Angling?

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Trawler at sea (image used for illustrative purposes only)
 
Something remarkable happened in Parliament this week.  There was a debate about the parlous state of our bass stocks and every MP who spoke in the chamber supported dramatic reductions in commercial fishing, writes Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd.  Many went further and proposed that bass should be only be legally caught by rod and line because recreational angling is so much more valuable to the economy and to society.  No, you’re not dreaming.  It really happened!
This was a far cry from sea fisheries debates of the past which saw MPs almost climbing over each other to demand that commercial fishermen in their constituencies should be allowed to carry on exploiting dwindling stocks without regulation.
bass 160 px x 130pxThis is a huge moment for sea anglers.  For years we have been ignored in the public debate.  For decades MPs have been completely immersed in the idea that the commercial fishing sector is a vital part of our rural economy and Fisheries Ministers have been deaf to the repeated calls from fisheries scientists and sea anglers to rein in the unsustainable activities of the trawlers.  Commercial fishing was seen as a great provider of jobs and prosperity and – in the short-term mind set of our political system – they have resisted any serious constraints on commercial fishing.  They ignored sea anglers, thinking of us as a small group of irrelevant hobbyists, making fanciful claims about declines in fish stocks.
Wednesday’s debate was the complete opposite.  Our elected representatives seem to have undergone a collective epiphany.  George Hollingbery, the MP for Meon Valley who, to his great credit, called the debate, spoke passionately and eloquently of the disastrous state of affairs:
“We are fishing more, we are increasingly targeting sea bass, we are specifically fishing out breeding shoals and we are not allowing the young stock to reach spawning age… There could not be a worse way of managing a fishery that we apparently want to keep for the longer term.”
Former Fisheries Minister Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, looked back to the terrible decision by his successor Jonathan Shaw to reduce the Minimum Landing Size for bass back in 2007 when he should have increased it:
“All I can say to the current Minister is, “Please learn the lessons of that mistake and go for an increase in the minimum landing size.” It is absolutely insane that we allow people to catch the vast majority of bass before they even reach spawning size.”
There was widespread support in the debate for an increased Minimum Landing Size and measures to stop the exploitation of spawning fish to be introduced urgently, both of which are key pillars of the arguments we have been making, along with the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society, for the past decade.  The Angling Trust will be pressing Minister Eustice to make bass a recreational-only species in the weeks to come and at the annual fisheries debate later in December.
The tone of the debate on bass was music to our ears, but even more significant was the clear realisation among MPs that sea angling is actually worth far more to our economy and our society than commercial fishing.
Richard Benyon MP 200pxRichard Benyon (r) highlighted the economic case for action by quoting from a report commissioned by the Blue Marine Foundation with support from the Angling Trust in the past few months about the fishery in Sussex.  This showed that between 258 and 267 tonnes of fish were harvested commercially in 2012, and somewhere between 10 and 19 tonnes were harvested recreationally. Taking the median of those two, about 5.7% were landed from the recreational sector. As Benyon pointed out, what is really important is that the economic output per tonne in Sussex is 40 to 75 times higher for recreational than commercial. The employment that is generated, calculated per tonne, is 39 to 75 times higher for recreational bass fisheries than commercial.
The report states clearly that the final economic and employment impacts of recreational bass fisheries in Sussex are estimated at £31.3 million and 353 full time equivalent jobs. The final economic employment impacts of commercial bass fisheries in Sussex were estimated as £9.25 million and 111.28 full-time equivalents.
John Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, also referred to economic arguments to make the case for conservation and quoted from DEFRA’s “Sea Angling 2012” report, which shows that there are 884,000 sea anglers in England, pumping £1.23 billion per annum directly into the economy, supporting 10,400 full-time jobs.”
These economic reports, which the Angling Trust has helped compile and publicise, at last seem to have been taken on board by our politicians.  The simple fact is that although commercial fishing looks like an important industry, because it uses boats and cranes in busy harbours and ports, the sea angling industry is actually far larger.  Sea angling is just less conspicuous, because although there are nearly a million people fishing, they do it in very remote places, quietly spending money in rural economies and supporting small businesses.  What’s more, sea angling does far less damage to fish stocks and doesn’t destroy the sea bed habitat, or strangle dolphins in nets.  It is wonderful news that our politicians have now grasped this.
This cataclysmic shift in political thinking has taken years to achieve.  Part of the reason is that the evidence is now so stark: trusted scientific bodies agree that if we don’t stop netting bass then the stocks will disappear.  But I believe there is more to it than that.  Politicians have been receiving stark warnings from scientists and angling organisations for years.  I believe that it is the Angling Trust’s regular briefings of MPs and officials, our campaigns to get our members to write to their MPs, our co-ordination of the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group, our support for research reports such as Fishing for Answers, Sea Angling 2012 and the MRAG study, and numerous meetings with Ministers that have tipped the consensus towards the concerns of sea anglers at last.
Several MPs referred to the Angling Trust in the debate on Wednesday.  For example, Richard Benyon said of his time as a Minister: “I do not think I would have known about the problem until it reached its present stage if it had not been for the Angling Trust coming to see me with a group of people who really know what is going on.”
If you venture onto the sea angling forums, you will get the impression from a small but loud group that the Angling Trust has not been doing anything for sea angling, that it is only concerned with coarse (or game, or match, or specialist – take your pick) angling and even a number of conspiracy theories that we are actually trying to destroy sea anglers’ rights.  I hope that the debate on Wednesday demonstrates that these criticisms are complete nonsense.  We mean business and we’re doing a professional and credible job to turn the tide in favour of conservation and sea angling and away from the decades of unsustainable commercial exploitation of fish stocks.  The arguments about bass relate to countless other species of importance to recreational sea anglers, like bream, cod, mullet and plaice.  We will be continuing to use them over the months and years to come to make the case for conservation measures that follow scientific advice to be introduced urgently to protect stocks for the good of anglers, and for the long term future of commercial fishing.
All this work costs money.  We have to pay staff, travel expenses and produce campaign materials.  We could do far more if we had more money to do it.  If you are a sea angler, you need to join us now.  Not tomorrow, not soon, not when you get round to it, but now, today, this minute.  It costs just £25 a year and we really need your support.
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Thursday 6th November 2014

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

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Angling Trust and Environment Agency Launch Rod Licence Review

The Angling Trust has begun discussions with the Environment Agency on the controversial issue of the coarse angling licence for the use of multiple rods, which has been a longstanding complaint of many carp and specimen anglers who feel aggrieved at having to buy two separate rod licences.

> Read more

Write to your MP to Save British Bass

The Angling Trust has this week urged anglers to flood MPs’ offices with thousands of letters and emails pressing parliamentarians to raise the bass conservation issues with the Fisheries Ministers in both Westminster and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Follow the link below to download a template letter which you can use to write to your MP.

> Read more

Angling and Fisheries Organisations Call for Government Action to Protect Fish and Fishing at National Angling Summit

The major national angling bodies and fisheries charities operating in England have united to write to the Environment and Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP to demand urgent action to address recent dramatic declines in stocks of salmon and bass, and to ‘shift up a gear’ in delivering improvements to the water environment generally.

> Read more

Operation TRAVERSE
Targeting Illegal Fishing and Fish Theft

Poaching and fish theft are of increasing concern to anglers and in addressing this issue the Angling Trust has achieved support from the Association of Chief Police Officers and National Wildlife Crime Unit. Participating PSR Polish Government Fishery Officers, Police, Environment Agency, Fish Health Inspectorate, Angling Trust and other partners will be meeting soon at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters to target illegal fishing and fish theft in Fenland.

> Read more

Fish Legal News
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Environment Agency to carry out strategic review of their monitoring in the water environment

Fish Legal has welcomed the Environment Agency’s commitment to carry out a strategic review of its £44 million national water monitoring programme, to ensure it is fit for the future and to address serious shortcomings with the current approach, as had been highlighted by Fish Legal in a lengthy series of correspondence over the past two years.

> Read more

Fish Legal calls for action to restore wild fisheries after closure of hatcheries in Wales

Following the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) that it will end all salmon and sea trout stocking into rivers in Wales and will close all but one hatchery at Cynrig, Fish Legal has called on NRW to develop a robust and concerted action plan to tackle the longstanding problems causing wild fish decline.

> Read more

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Who Will Be Crowned RiverFest 2014 Champion?

The Angling Trust has announced the line up for the 2014 RiverFest final to be held on the River Wye over the weekend of 15th and 16th November.

Sky Sports will be attending to cover the action and spectators are encouraged to come along and watch as the weekend unfolds.

Parking and entry is free for Angling Trust members and you’ll be able to watch and meet some of the best river anglers in the country doing their stuff.

> Read more

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Voluntary Bailiff Service Appoints New Deputy Area Coordinators

The Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) pilot project in SE England has now been running for two and a half years, and looks forward to a particularly significant and exciting New Year

> Read more

Navigation Hazard Prompts Call For Blue Head Torches

The Angling Trust has been working with the tackle trade to support the manufacturing of head torches and lamps with blue filters for night sea fishing.

> Read more

Fishing – Why?

Rod Sturdy is back on Fishing Magic with his latest opinion piece about why we go fishing…

> Read more

Books, blanks and barbel by the Loddon

Times have changed and so have the rivers. The Kennet is sadly a shadow of its former self while the water quality has improved dramatically in the Loddon, to the extent that it now hosts an occasional seatrout run.” The latest blog from Angling Trust National Campaigns Manager, Martin Salter is now online.

> Read more

Who Is The Greatest Canal Angler Of All Time
Voting Extended Until 29th November

There is a very interesting series of articles running over at the Canal & River Trust website at the moment all about the search for the best canal anglers of all time. Who do you think should be on the list? Due to the popularity of the articles, voting has been extended until November 29th so make sure you cast your vote!

> Read more

Winner of A Keepnet Full of Dreams

Congratulations to Mr Ireland who is the lucky winner of last month’s competition to win a copy of “A Keepnet Full of Dreams“, Kevin Grozier’s excellent personal account of his angling experiences. Thanks to everyone else who forwarded this email on to a friend for the chance to win the book. We’ll have copies of Kevin’s superb book “Avon Days and Stour Ways” to win in future emails.

Membership Benefits
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

NEW: Exclusive offer: Save 20% with Forest Holidays

As a special offer for all Angling Trust members, you can now save 20% on Forest Holidays’ midweek breaks on selected dates in November and December.

> Read more

NEW: Up to 10% off car hire from Rhinocarhire.com

Angling Trust members can now benefit from up to 10% discount on award winning car hire courtesy of Rhino Car Hire.

With car hire available at over 30,000 locations around the world, Rhino Car Hire are a UK based car hire broker and work with all of the leading car rental agents worldwide. Get up to 10% off their already competitive prices.

> Read how to get your discount on car hire

Exclusive Offer – ends Nov 15th:
Pondip Tackle Box for just £5, or £9.99 off any plan

Pondip is a new monthly subscription service, delivering a box of fishing tackle and equipment directly to your door. Each month subscribers receive a box of mystery goods, all sourced from both independent and leading tackle manufactures.

Offer only available to Angling Trust members, ends Nov 15th. Use coupon code ANGLINGTRUSTPROMO to claim your £5 box. Enter your Angling Trust membership number if prompted during the order process.

Read more at www.anglingtrust.net/offers

Angling Trust Regional Meetings

Find out more about the Angling Trust’s Regional Structure HERE

AGM and Meeting of the Isle of Wight Marine Committee
Tuesday 11th November, 2014
Southern Vectis Club, Newport, Isle of Wight at 7.30pm
Contact: Mr Andrew Wenden - bassman154@btinternet.com
The meeting will include: Open forum and discussion to be introduced by Alan Deeming. SIFCA Officers including Patrick Cooper will be present and information presented to the meeting.  Q/A to follow.
Angling Trust South Yorkshire Fishing Forum
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Phoenix Sports & Social Club,Pavilion Ln, Brinsworth, Rotherham S60 5PA at 7.15pm
Contact: National Regions Manager John Cheyne - john.cheyne@anglingtrust.net
The meeting will include: Pollution & Incident Response – Ian Harrison EA – Enforcement Issues and Migrant Anglers – Rado Papiewski Angling Trust – New Invasive Species Alert – Rod Licence changes debate – Environment Agency Update – Angling Trust Update.

Dates for your Diary…
Meet us at the following shows:

Come Along to the RiverFest Final
Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th November

Free parking and entry for Angling Trust members in the field adjacent to Hereford Rowing Club at the bottom of Greyfriars Avenue. Spectators can also use the facilities and get refreshments at the Rowing Club where there will be a bookmaker present. The draw takes place each day at 8am and the club is open to Angling Trust members from 9am. Fishing is from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day.

> More details

iFISH – Southern England’s Only Fly Fishing Show
Saturday 22nd November

Sussex Fly Dressers’ Guild have organised iFISH to bring together top fly fishing retailers, charities, societies, fly tyers and casting gurus all under one roof.  The show caters for every aspect of fly fishing for game, coarse and tropical saltwater species.

Saturday 22nd November 2014, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3DN - 10am to 3.30pm

> Read more

Carp Society Winter Show – 29th and 30th November

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Wednesday 19th August 2014

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

This month we have a couple of great new benefits for Angling Trust members – see details below. Our range of special offers for members includes something for everyone – check out the list atwww.anglingtrust.net/offers - and we’ll include a reminder about the existing money saving deals as well as updates on new discounts in the coming months.

Also in this edition we’ve got an important update from Fish Legal about its challenge to canoeing’s national governing bodies. We are pleased that this has generated mainstream news awareness with the story being reported by The TimesITV and the BBC and we’ll keep you posted on any further developments.

 

Chief Executive Mark Lloyd sets the record straight on our canoes campaign

“There are some people inside and outside the angling community who have accused us of being kill-joys and taking a “get off my land” attitude.  The Angling Trust and Fish Legal are not trying to stop people canoeing.  There are thousands of miles of navigable canals, lakes and rivers where there is a statutory right of navigation (e.g. Thames, Lower Severn, Lower Wye, Lower Trent etc.) and we are not trying to limit access to these waters. 

In fact, we think there are lots of opportunities for more canoeing to take place on some of the other rivers where there is currently no such right of access.  However, our members can’t draw up agreements to open up access on these rivers if the canoeing organisations won’t accept the law because people will not respect the agreements.  Fish Legal’s letter before action aims to get the canoeing organisations to accept the law, if necessary by order of the court, so that we can have a solid foundation, agreed by all parties, which could provide the framework for our members to draft agreements to open up more rivers for canoeing, at times and river heights which will avoid impact on the environment and fishing. 

Our members have tried repeatedly to reach such agreements with the canoeing governing bodies in the past, but they have often refused to sign them unless they allow 365 day a year access with no restrictions. In crowded countries such as England and Wales, it isn’t possible to have a free-for-all; it is perfectly reasonable to have rules to ensure that the needs of all users are balanced to avoid conflict and damage to the environment so that everyone can enjoy our wonderful rivers.

Anglers have closed seasons and all sorts of restrictions on their activities;  we also pay a rod licence to the Environment Agency and pay permits to fish. Angling clubs have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in buying and leasing fishing rights, the value of which would be under threat if unlawful and/or unregulated canoeing were allowed to spread.  It’s only fair that canoeists should respect the legitimate rights of others and agree to restrictions which protect the environment and fishing.  Getting the canoeing governing bodies to stop suggesting that the law might be unclear is the first step in the process of making it possible for more people to go canoeing on more rivers, lawfully and without causing conflict.

Please see the first news item in the Fish Legal section below for more details of the action we have taken to protect fish and fishing.”

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE

Make sure your club, fishery or syndicate is a Fish Legal Member, so if the worst happens you can obtain free legal representation to restore and restock – call us on 01568 620 447 to sign up…

Anglers Launch Legal Challenge Against Canoeing National Governing Bodies

Fish Legal has sent a legal ‘letter before action’ to the British Canoe Union (BCU), Canoe Wales (CW) and Canoe England (CE) demanding that they stop publishing information suggesting or asserting that there is a general right of navigation on non-tidal waterways in England and Wales, and/or that the law relating to navigation on rivers is unclear. Fish Legal will seek ‘declaratory relief’ through the courts unless BCU, CW and CE amend their publications and stop publishing inaccurate information about the law to their members and the public.

> Read more

Sulphuric Acid Pollution on River Devon

Scottish Water has been fined £10,000 for a major pollution incident on the River Devon that occurred in 2011. The firm pled guilty to allowing concentrated Sulphuric Acid to escape from their facility on Castlehill Reservoir, Clackmannan and into the River Devon. The escape led to a considerable fish kill on the upper stretches of the Devon. Fish Legal is advising the Devon Angling Association with respect to legal action against Scottish Water for the substantial losses the Association has suffered as a result of the incident.

Photo: Removing poisoned trout at Fossoway Bridge

Angling Trust Top News

Keep up to date with all the latest Angling Trust news here.

BIG Prizes in the New Angling Trust Raffle

If you haven’t already returned your tickets or gone onlinedon’t forget to take part in our new supporter raffle. The top prize is a magnificent £5,000 in cash or one of six fantastic vouchers to buy up to £2,000 of coarse, sea or game fishing tackle from our sponsors Daiwa. All proceeds are added to the funds to do more to protect fish and fishing now and in the future.

Buy your tickets NOW at www.anglingraffle.net 

> Read more

NEW: Blog from Martin Salter
“Why the Hell Can’t We Have Action on Bass?”

Our National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter loves catching bass on lures. He reckons they are a great surface predator that hits hard and are the nearest thing we’ve got to some of the warm water sportsfish found in other parts of the world. However, catching these silver bullets of a decent size from the English shores has become increasingly challenging due to the failure of governments to implement a proper bass management plan that includes protection for juvenile fish and a sustainable minimum landing size.

> Read more in Martin’s latest blog

Opposition to Offshore Fish Farming in South West England Grows

The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), the Angling Trust and Fish Legal have written to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquatic Science (CEFAS) to express their concerns over a draft proposal to farm rainbow trout off the shores of the South West of England.

> Read more

Wild Salmon Stocks Crash – Angling and Fisheries Organisations Call for Urgent Government Action

Following official figures showing the worst estimates of salmon stocks on record, a coalition of concerned angling, fisheries and conservation groups has written to Government Fisheries Minister George Eustice and to his counterpart Edwina Hart in the Welsh Assembly Government, to demand urgent implementation of a five point action plan to halt the sharp decline in salmon stocks in England and Wales.

> Read more

NEW Membership Benefits
We’ve got some new special offers for you today from our trade partners and you can always check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers here.

NEW: 15% off at Nevisport

Nevisport is a premium retailer of Outdoor Clothing and Equipment, including Waterproof Jackets, Ski Jackets, Fleece, and Footwear from leading brands such as North Face, Berghaus, Salomon, Trespass, Merrell and Scarpa. They also stock a big selection of camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, lanterns & torches; travel equipment such as rucksacks, GPS devices, walking poles and various climbing gear.

> Read how to get your 15% off here

NEW: 10% off at Shadestation.co.uk

Shade Station is a UK-based performance eyewear specialist, covering the very best in modern sunglasses design for almost any sport or occasion. Take a look at their polarised lenses and durable frames for keen anglers, water-sport enthusiasts and casual fishers alike. Shade Station provide eyewear with the latest polarisation and light filtering technology, from Oakley, Polaroid, Ray-Ban, Dirty Dog and many more. Prescription glasses also available.

> Read how to get your 10% off here

Extra 10% Off at GO Outdoors Taunton

Download this voucher for an Extra 10% off the discount card price until the end of August when you visit GO Outdoors Taunton.

GO Outdoors Taunton at Units 3 & 4 St Johns Retail Park, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2BB is a new store so if you haven’t been to see them before you can find the location details on their website as well as check out their great range of angling and outdoor products.

www.gooutdoors.co.uk/taunton

REMINDER: Protect Your Fishing Tackle from Theft for just £9.99

If you still haven’t purchased a SmartWater Fishing Pack to protect your tackle from theft read more about how for just £9.99 SmartWater deters thieves and makes stolen tackle easier to recover. Then simply call SmartWater’s Freephone sales line on 0800 521 669 with your promo code ANG10 and your Angling Trust membership number. You can’t get SmartWater at this price anywhere else!

> Read more

General News and Classified

Job opportunities, events and articles of interest from the world of fishing

The Greatest Canal Angler Of All Time?

There is a very interesting series of articles running over at the Canal & River Trust website at the moment all about the search for the best canal anglers of all time. Who do you think should be on the list?

> Read more

Do I Need the Environment Agency?

This is a question regularly asked by owners of ‘commercial’ fisheries and trout fisheries, usually on private land, totally enclosed, often with no stream or outside water feed having an independent water supply.

Meanwhile, many anglers will often ask why they should buy a rod licence when they only fish ‘private’ waters. Fishery owner Roy Marlow would answer both questions with the following all too recent example…

> Read more

Fish Legal Advertising for a Legal Secretary/Administrator

Due to an internal promotion, we need to recruit a new full-time Legal Secretary/Administrator for our busy office inLeominster, Herefordshire.

If you would like to find out more about the position and apply, or know someone who would, visit the Vacancy section on the Fish Legal website here.

Dates Announced New Fisheries Enforcement Workshops in Kent and Surrey

Book now to learn about fishery enforcement law, the intelligence-led enforcement system and angling enforcement best practice. The Angling Trust is working closely with the Environment Agency, National Wildlife Crime Unit and Institute of Fisheries Management to deliver Fisheries Enforcement Workshops in all eight of our regions. Booking is now open for two new Workshops in Kent and Surrey.

Pictured: Mick Brown with Angling Trust and Environment Agency Staff and Police Officers at the East of England Workshop

> More information and booking details

Please Support Martin James MBE’s Fundraising Parachute Jump

Angling Trust Ambassador, Martin James MBE is doing a 13,000 foot parachute jump in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity on August 25th. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has been the Army’s national charity since 1944 and provides assistance to our men and women in uniform who put everything on the line to defend us and our country. They’re there for them with a lifetime of support whether they are serving soldiers or veterans. Martin would be extremely grateful if you could make a donation towards his extreme challenge here.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Match Angler to Join Angling Trust Competitions Team

The Angling Trust has announced that Barnsley Blacks’ team member Frankie Gianoncelli is to move to the Competitions team within the Angling Trust. After a hugely successful year as Regional Officer for Yorkshire and Humberside, Frankie will take up the new role of Talent & Competitions Officer in October 2014.

> Read more

Drennan Barnsley Blacks Score a Hat-Trick

Drennan Barnsley Blacks continued their winning streak this year taking the Stillwater Team Champions title to complete a hat-trick of major victories…

> Read more

First 5 Nations Competition Success for Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing

The first ever 5 Nations Fly Fishing Competition proved a great success as part of the Stirling International Angling Festival. The Competition attracted multiple teams from France, Ireland, England, Scotland and one team with competitors from both Belgium and Luxembourg. The event was fished at four venues – the River Carron, the River Devon, Carron Valley Fishery and the Lake of Menteith.

> Read more

Barnsley & District AA Crowned Angling Trust Division 1 National Champs

42 teams (420 competitors) fished the River Trent on various sections of the river from the non-tidal section downstream of Nottingham to the tidal section upstream of Torksey in the Angling Trust Division 1 National Championship on Saturday 9th August 2014.

> Read more

Dates for your Diary…
Meet us at the following shows:

This Bank Holiday Weekend:
Evesham Festival – 23rd-25th August

This is the best dedicated match fishing festival in the UK. There’s free entry to the festival with a big retail area and a close up view of the best match anglers doing what they do best on running water. Full details on the website atwww.eveshamfestival.com

Pike Anglers Club Convention – 27th September

This year the Pike Anglers Club Annual Convention returns to the Midlands after a break of 2 years. Come and meet us and other pike and predator fanatics including Bob Roberts, Eric Edwards, Andy Black and Steve Younger at the Pike Anglers Club Annual Convention on Saturday 27th September at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

> Read more

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Thursday 17th July 2014

All the latest news stories this month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

This Weekend: The CLA Game Fair – come and meet us at the show…

Find out how the Angling Trust and Fish Legal are standing up for fishing and fighting the threats to our sport in our stand at the House of Fishing, right in the middle of the Fishing Village. Chat to our staff and volunteers or just sit down, relax and watch some great angling videos.

  • Meet Angling Trust Ambassadors: Malcolm Greenhalgh, Carl & Alex Smith, Mark Everard, Chris Clark, Barney Wright, Phil Smith, Neville Fickling, John Bailey, Keith Elliott & Sarah Collins
  • Watch expert lure fishing demos by Gary and Sam Edmonds and try for yourself in our special lure tank
  • Have a go on Get Hooked on Fishing’s charity fish fighting machine – can you top our leaderboard?
  • Learn all about angling enforcement and our Volunteer Bailiff Service (VBS)
  • Plus fish health and tackling invasive species with Cefas
  • Find out where your rod licence money goes and check out the fish species in the Environment Agency’s impressive fish tank
  • Get some great hints and tips for catching those ‘bucket list’ fish at the Angling Trust / Selectafly Pro-Team Clinic
  • Chat with Team England anglers and coaches and learn about the new Talent Pathway programme
  • Meet representatives from the Wheelyboat Trust and Thames Water’s Angling Academy
  • Buy tickets for the new Angling Trust Raffle - for more info see story below…
  • Come and put your questions to Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter at the Open Forums in the ‘FishingTalks Area’ on Friday at 3.15, Saturday at 3.30 and Sunday at 2pm

Book advance tickets online at www.gamefair.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 776 7777.
SatNav for the Game Fair: Blenheim Palace, Oxon. OX20 1PP

More News This Month…

Win BIG in the NEW Angling Trust Raffle!

Please take part in our new supporter raffle. You could win the top prize of £5,000 in cash or one of six fantastic vouchers to buy up to £2,000 of coarse, sea or game fishing tackle from our sponsors Daiwa. The proceeds from the raffle will be added to the funds from our growing membership so that we can do more to protect fish and fishing now and in the future.

> Read more

Read our Latest Sea Update Email

Many recreational sea anglers do not realise that the Angling Trust is working very hard to represent our sport in many different areas and across many different campaigns all year long to protect our fish and fishing from the many threats out there. Check out our Marine Campaigns webpage online for full details.

Please read our latest Sea Update email for a snapshot of recent news in this area  which we hope you will find interesting, informative and perhaps enlightening and encourage you to reccommend a sea-angling friend to join us. Please forward them this email - thanks.

NEW: Guide for Anglers Reporting Offences to the Police

We are asking anglers to make it easy for call-takers and police officers when reporting offences of Theft of Fishing Rights and Theft of Fish. For that reason, and to overcome any confusion our Fishery Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE has produced a new Guide for Anglers Reporting Offences to the Police.

> Read more

NEW: Brochure For Fish and Fishing!

We’ve created a new brochure outlining why all anglers need to get behind us and support our work fighting for fish and fishing and it’s HERE for you to download and print or pass on byforwarding this email to your fishing contacts. Get it now and read why all anglers should be a member of the Angling Trust. Please encourage others to join us today for as little as £2.50 a month at www.anglingtrust.net/join.

> Download Fighting for Fish and Fishing

NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: 15% Off Trespass Sports, Outdoor and Activity Kit for All the Family

We’ve negotiated a great deal for Angling Trust individual members with Trespass on their range of sports outdoor and activity gear at www.trespass.com

Just use the code AnglingTrust15 in the Voucher Code box and if you are asked for your individual membership number please have that handy too to verify your membership.

Working to Protect Angling in Parks and Green Spaces

A report published recently by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) reveals stark threats to the future of the UK’s public parks. Some 86% of park managers anticipate cuts to revenue budgets over the next three years, which may force them to reduce spending on maintenance and upkeep.

> Read more

Protect Your Fishing Tackle from Theft for Just £9.99

If you still haven’t purchased a SmartWater Fishing Pack to protect your tackle from theft read more about how for just £9.99 SmartWater deters thieves and makes stolen tackle easier to recover. Then simply call SmartWater’s Freephone sales line on 0800 521 669 with your promo code ANG10 and your Angling Trust membership number. You can’t get SmartWater at this price anywhere else!

> Read more

Angling Trust Welcomes Action to Remove Beavers from Devon River

The Angling Trust has welcomed the decision by Defra to remove beavers from the River Otter in Devon.

> Read more

Environment Agency Blitz on Rod Licence Cheats

Environment Agency enforcement teams continue clamping down on rod licence cheats, notching up more than 13,000 licence checks across England in May. Of the 13,000 anglers checked for a valid licence, 965 were fishing illegally and could face a court appearance and a substantial fine. A recent penalty was more than £800 when an annual licence costs just £27.

> Read more

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE

Make sure your club, fishery or syndicate is a Fish Legal Member, so if the worst happens you can obtain free legal representation to restore and restock – call us on 01568 620 447 to sign up…

Fish Legal Members: Book a Slot to Speak to Fish Legal’s Head Solicitor, Will Rundle

Are you coming to the CLA Game Fair on Saturday 19 July? Are you a riparian, fishery owner or club officer who needs legal advice concerning your fishery?

Then book a 20 minute slot to speak to Fish Legal’s Head Solicitor, Will Rundle. He will be on hand in the House of Fishing to answer member’s questions between 10am and 3pm.

Slots can be booked in advance by emailingadmin@fishlegal.net or contacting the legal team on 01568 620447.  Please send us a summary of the issue along with your membership details. Click here to see our recent email about times available.

Fish Legal: Fighting Abstraction on the River Test

Southern Water’s plan to set up a massive new abstraction near Southampton and deprive the lower River Test of critical flows under drought conditions has been “postponed”. The scheme was due to be adopted and permitted this year in order to enable the nearby river Itchen to meet conservation objectives under the Habitat’s Directive.

Fish Legal, with our member Testwood & Nursling Fisheries, met Southern Water’s Chief Executive and made it clear that ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ in this way would be unlawful. Whilst it is important to make sure the Itchen has a sustainable future it must not be at the expense of the Test.

The plan has now been shelved ‘to enable other alternatives to be explored’ (notably desalination) for a more ‘sustainable’ result – code for a solution that does not harm the Test.

Please Spare 10 Minutes for a Survey on IFCAs

Have you had any dealings with your regional Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA) or attended one of their public meetings?

Were you impressed? Did staff appear interested in their jobs? Do you know what IFCAs are trying to achieve or how they are going about it?  Has your regional IFCA introduced byelaws and, if they have, did you feel your views were taken into account before they were introduced?

These are some of the questions Dera is asking anglers in a current consultation on whether or not IFCAs are meeting their statutory duties.  Feedback from anglers will go into a report which will be put before Parliament.  The more information Defra has to go on the better, so if you can spare 10 minutes to fill in their online questionnaire follow this link:consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/ifca-report

The consultation closes on 1 August. Respond to the consultation and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Apply for the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust PAIRS Canal Championship

The Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust are delighted to announce that entry forms are now available for the PAIRS Canal Championship which will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal in the Soudley area on Sunday 14th September 2014.

> Read more

And Finally…

Meet Theo Pike Author of The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing at the CLA Game Fair

You can meet Theo at the CLA Game Fair this coming weekend in our stand at the House of Fishing and hear how invasive species dump silt into rivers, sabotage drains, cut off access to beautiful places and drive native rare and iconic species to extinction. Theo will be at the Game Fair on Saturday to answer your questions and give the best advice about how to deal with these damaging species. He’ll have copies of his excellent field guide the Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing. Come to our stand in the House of Fishing to find out more and meet the author.

 

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Friday 4th July 2014

Meet Fish Legal at the CLA Game Fair on Saturday 19th July 2014

CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

Current Fish Legal members only:
Come and meet Will Rundle, Fish Legal’s Head Solicitor and get a free advice session on Saturday 19th July at the Angling Trust and Fish Legal stand in the CLA Game Fair House of Fishing.

Please email admin@fishlegal.net to book one of the sessions below, “first come, first served”. In order to book a session you should reply to admin@fishlegal.net with:

  1. Your Fish Legal membership number
  2. The name or names (no more than 2) of the appointed person(s) of the Fish Legal member who will attend
  3. A summary of the facts and legal issue you would like to discuss

This offer is open to Fish Legal members by advanced booking until all meeting times are taken or Thursday the 17th of July (whichever is the sooner). The following times are available – email and let us know a time that suits you best. Advanced booking by email only please.

10.00am – 20 mins
10.30am – 20 mins
11.00am – 20 mins
11.30am – 20 mins
12 midday – 20 mins

Then:
1.00pm – 20 mins
1.30pm – 20 mins
2.00pm – 20 mins
2.30pm – 20 mins
3.00pm – 20 mins

Please note advice sessions with Will Rundle are available ONLY on Saturday 19th.

If your club, fishery or angling organisation is not a Fish Legal member:
Come to the Angling Trust and Fish Legal stand on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and get information on joining Fish Legal and find out how Fish Legal’s unique team of experts in environmental and angling law can help you with issues like:

  • Civil compensation claims for damage to fisheries, including loss of amenity and restocking costs
  • Pollution e.g. chemical/industrial, slurry, sewage, silt (acute and ongoing), eutrophication or nutrient enrichment ( e.g. toxic algal blooms)
  • Escaped farmed fish
  • Hydropower development and/or construction damage
  • Over-abstraction and low flows
  • In-river works (flood defence/dredging and land drainage/weed cutting/tree clearance)
  • Poachers
  • Navigation law
  • Planning/development consent objections
  • European environmental law
  • Freedom of information requests
  • Dealing with regulators such as the Environment Agency

We look forward to meeting you at the CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

Tickets for the Game Fair:
The Game Fair box office is now open for advanced bookings with tickets at a reduced rate to on the gate prices! Remember, those aged 16-years old and under will be able to visit the show free of charge this year. Book advance tickets online at www.gamefair.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 776 7777.

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Monday 23rd June 2014

All the Latest News Stories This Month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Welcome to the latest news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

Mike Heylin Awarded with OBE for Services to Angling

Mike Heylin has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to angling over many decades and in particular for his role as Chairman of the Angling Trust for the first five years of its existence as the new unified representative and national governing body for all anglers in England.

> Read more

New Online List Identifies Anglers Who Didn’t Buy Rod Licences

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency are urging anglers to renew their rod licence or risk appearing on a new list identifying people who have been caught fishing illegally published on the Angling Trust’s website atwww.anglingtrust.net/prosecutions

> Read more

Bexhill Angling Festival – Update

After the successful establishment of the Bexhill Sea Angling Festival since 2012 the event has now expanded to incorporate more competitions over a longer time period. For the first two years the competitions were held across ten days in September – in 2014 the whole of September will be devoted to angling competitions and events.

> Read more

Update: Success in Environment Agency and Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service Close Season Patrols

Over the entire close season, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers carried out 673 patrols, detecting 124 close season offences. In the South East, Angling Trust volunteers are working in partnership with the Environment Agency on Operation CLAMP DOWN 2 to identify hotspots where illegal fishing is regularly taking place. During the close season, volunteers made 365 patrols and reported 15 incidents to the Environment Agency. Those reported risk a court appearance and a fine of up to £50,000 if convicted.

> Read more

Angling Trust Criticises Government Committee for Muddying the Waters in Flooding Debate

The Angling Trust has criticised a press release issued yesterday by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee for failing to represent accurately the contents of its report on last winter’s floods. The EFRA press release and headlines today highlighted the need for more environmentally-damaging dredging of rivers and streams.

> Read more

Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Research in Poland

Between 10th and 12th June, Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Manager Rado Papiewski and Fisheries Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE visited Koszalin in north-western Poland. Earlier in the year Rado and Dilip had identified the need to clarify the situation in Poland regarding angling law and enforcement in order to better understand the problems with Eastern European migrants and fisheries in England. The findings of the trip were eye opening and will help shape Angling Trust policy and practice on this issue in future. A full report will be avaialable soon.

CLA Game Fair – Book Discounted Tickets Now



The Game Fair box office is now open for advanced bookings with tickets at a reduced rate to on the gate prices! Remember, those aged 16-years old and under will be able to visit the show free of charge this year. Book advance tickets online at www.gamefair.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 776 7777.

Rivers and Wetlands Community Days

The Angling Trust is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Environment Agency and the Wild Trout Trust in the Thames Region which aims to deliver £100k worth of habitat improvements to rivers and wetlands. Local Angling Clubs have until July 25th to apply for grants of up to £5,000. You don’t need a trout stream to qualify – just a good plan and a bunch of willing volunteers!

> Read more and apply for funding

Membership Offers
Find out about the great deals detailed below for Angling Trust members and more HERE

Britain’s Best Big Bream Venue!
Anging Trust Members Get Discounted Fishing

You may have read about a massive catch of 65 double figure bream from Walthamstow Reservoir recently by Phil Morton (pictured). We’d like to remind you that Thames Water are generously offering individual Angling Trust members a range of discounts on the stillwater and river fishing that they control at Walthamstow and Farmoor. This includes FREE fishing for our members only on Thames Water’s stretch of the Thames at Pinks Hill next to Farmoor.

> Read more

20% Discount on all Merlin Unwin books to AT Members!

Merlin Unwin offer Angling Trust members 20% discount on all their books. Members just need to call Merlin Unwin Books on 01584 877456 and quote ‘Angling Trust’ and your membership number to receive your discount.

> Read more and check out details of the offer from Merlin Unwin along with other great membership benefits here.

Falling in Again – Tales of an Incorrigible Angler
In this rich collection of angling tales, Chris Yates has paired together his experiences of carp, barbel, pike, roach, gudgeon, chub, even bass. Within each pair of essays, the angling anecdotes mirror each other in strange and surprising ways. Falling in Again finds Chris in search of a ‘lost’ carp lake, being mugged on the River Mole and dangling breadcrust for chub from an overhanging tree, but throughout he is exploring the patterns of angling, the links between angling in boyhood and middle age.

www.merlinunwin.co.uk

FISHING CARE – sign up for great value tackle insurance



Angling Trust members get a fantastic discount on specialist angling insurance from Fishing Care. For anglers looking to protect themselves and their fishing tackle the offer means you can purchase an annual policy with a 25% discount in the first year and 10% off year on year after that. all from just £15 for annual cover! Quotes can be obtained instantly online at www.fishingcare.co.uk/ATNL054

*£15 annual premium is for a new customer insuring fishing equipment up to the value of £700.

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE

Make sure your club, fishery or syndicate is a Fish Legal Member, so if the worst happens you can obtain free legal representation to restore and restock – call us on 01568 620 447 to sign up…

Fish Legal Showdown With Water Companies

Fish Legal’s high profile legal battle against the water companies moved a step closer to its final showdown last Tuesday as its lawyers appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in London to agree a timetable for exchanging evidence and dates for a 4 day trial in November. Given the importance of the case it is likely that 3 Upper Tribunal judges will be appointed to decide whether anglers and the public should have the right to get information from water companies about the impact their businesses have on the environment.

Fish Legal faced lawyers for the Duchy of Cornwall and the Royal Household in parallel cases on similar questions about the Environmental Information Regulations, but Fish Legal’s case has been chosen as the lead test case. The Secretary of State (Defra) has also been joined to Fish Legal’s case to make representations on behalf of the Government.

Fish Legal Fight Fish Farm

Fish Legal is working with Wester Ross Area Salmon Fishery Board to strongly resist the Scottish Salmon Company’s application to the Highland Council for the removal of a planning condition that limits the company’s permission to operate a fish farm on their site at Sgeir Dughall in Loch Torridon to ten years only.

The time restriction was put on the Scottish Salmon Company so that interactions with salmon and sea trout from farming at this site could be better understood.

Fish Legal lawyer in Scotland, Robert Younger, said “I believe that the imposition of time limited planning permission are wholly appropriate for fish farms because it is very hard to predict the impact that a particular  farm will have on local salmon and sea trout populations”.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

TideFest 2014 – Thames Tideway Angling Competition

£500 First Prize plus pools and trophy
Sunday September 28th.  8am – 1pm – draw 7am
Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge London W4 3RE

A new annual fishing match, on World Rivers Day, to assess the health of the tidal Thames as part of the TideFest – a celebration of the recreational importance of London’s River. TideFest is proud to be a partner of Totally Thames. Book your place now – email sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net
Tickets £5 with proceeds to angling charity Get Hooked on Fishing

FREE Ticket for the Fish O’Mania XXl Final Weekend

July 12th and 13th will see Get Hooked on Fishing again working in partnership with Matchroom Sport, Sky Sports, the Angling Trust and representatives of the angling trade at this year’s Fish O’Mania XXl Final Weekend. Visitors will be kept entertained with ‘Have a go!’ and ‘Top tips!’ sessions plus their ‘Fishing Funfair’ all running alongside the Fish O’Mania Final on Saturday and the International Match on Sunday.

> Simply download and print an e-ticket here for FREE entry to the event!

Please print one ticket per person for each of the days that you or your friends and family want to come along.

Enter the Angling Trust and Angling Times
National Fishing League 2014-15

The National Fishing League is the Angling Trust and Angling Times’ national fishing competition that rewards regular participation and performance from match and club anglers. It’s another great way to compete against other anglers and gives you the chance to be crowned the National Fishing League Champion!

…and it’s totally FREE and EASY to enter!

> Read more and find out how to enter

Severn Tide
How You Can Help Kickstart Research for Book Project

Brian Waters’ definitive work about fishing and working along the Severn Estuary has been identified as a significant opportunity for updating and revising as a valuable description of life along the river. English House is a non-profit collective which seeks to revise important records of rural traditions and crafts among other educational projects and they offer concessions to buy the finished revision as part of a crowd-funding project which will become active if it raises £2,500 for the necessary field research and new illustrations.

> Read more

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Sunday 18th May 2014

All the Latest News Stories This Month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Welcome to the latest news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

Social Media – You can also find and follow us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube and read our latestBlogs.

New Team of Advisors Ready to Help Fisheries
Tackle Cormorant Predation

A team of three Fishery Management Advisors has been recruited by the Angling Trust, supported by rod licence funds, to help angling clubs and fisheries reduce the impact of cormorant predation on inland fisheries.

> Read more about these new posts
> Fisheries Management Advisors – contact details

Crucian Conservation Project to Launch at Coarse Fish Conference on 28th May

The Angling Trust is backing a new National Crucian Conservation Project in an attempt to help reverse the worrying decline of one of the nations most loved fish.

Over the past thirty years many of the farm and village ponds that were a key habitat for crucians have disappeared and the stocking of a wide range of other carp species has led to inter-breeding and hybridisation of many crucian populations.

> Read more

Wyvern Marine Region Shore Angling Festival

72 anglers from all over the West country enjoyed a sunny May day when they competed in the Wyvern Region’s Shore Angling Festival on Sunday 4th May. This event was the re-run of the previously cancelled event scheduled of January 5th when the storms made it dangerous and impossible to fish.

> Read more
> Find out more about your Angling Trust Marine Region

Coarse Fish Conference:
May 28th at South Street Arts Centre, Reading

This years Coarse Fish Conference will be held on May 28th at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading and is aimed at coarse anglers, fishing clubs and riparian owners, in order to provide inspiration and practical guidance to improve coarse fish stocks in rivers and stillwaters. The conference will also concentrate heavily on advising clubs, fishery owners and anglers about how habitat improvement can improve fish stocks and create a healthier and improved fishing environment through the new Defra backed “Catchment Based Approach”.

The Conference is booking fast and there are only limited places still available.

> Read more and book your place

Fishery Managers Add Salt to Their Talks

Sea breezes promise to freshen up proceedings at the annual open-to-all conference of the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) in Liverpool, October 7-9.  Marine fisheries will feature in about half the sessions. The conference, entitled “Fisheries Management from Sea to Source” will open with a session on the ecological significance of sea-run and estuarine fish, followed by papers on managing transitional fisheries and catchment management.

> Read more

Fisheries Enforcement Workshop – Saturday 31 May 2014

Our recent Fisheries Enforcement Workshop (FEW) was a huge success and we have received great feedback from delegates who came to learn about angling law, the role of bailiffs and see examples of illegal fishing methods. There is another FEW coming up soon…

What: Fisheries Enforcement Workshops are one day courses for anyone interested in learning the fundamental issues and principles of successful bailiffing – a subject equally relevant to clubs, fishery owners and managers as well as their bailiffs.
When: 0900 – 1700, Saturday 31 May 2014
Where: EA Central Area Office, Bronholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 4NE

Advanced booking only: www.ifm.org.uk/events
The cost for the day is just £25 and includes lunch and refreshments.

Complete the “Recreational Fishers and Habitat Survey”
For Your Chance to Win a Prize

Great fishing is about the prospect of catching lots of quality fish while spending time enjoying the outdoors. Quality fish come from healthy populations enjoying good water, plenty of food and access to habitat. The Angling Trust are taking part in an international habitat survey with counterparts in the USA, Ireland and Australia. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and you can win prizes including the full set of an Angling Trust cap, polo-shirt and hoodie from our online shop.

> Take part in the survey and enter the prize draw

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE

Make sure your club, fishery or syndicate is a Fish Legal Member, so if the worst happens you can obtain free legal representation to restore and restock – call us on 01568 620 447 to sign up…

Natural Resources Wales Admits Unlawful Investigation Into Llyn Padarn

Fish Legal has won major concessions from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) via a Judicial Review of the new regulator’s investigation into long-term environmental damage at Llyn Padarn, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). NRW will now be required to re-run their investigation properly, to take fuller account of damage from sewage pollution and other impacts on the SSSI habitat and the protected species of fish – Arctic char (pictured).

> Read more

Another Dispute Over Riparian Rights Settled

Fish Legal advises its members on numerous fishery-related disputes with neighbouring landowners especially along rivers, where the precise legal rights are often unclear.

On the River Lune near Hornby, the neighbouring farmer claimed adverse possession (from allegedly abandoned use) of land which Gressingham Anglers requires for access to the river, and even a right to swim in the river as an ‘incident’ of adjacent land ownership.

Advice from Fish Legal clarified the legal position and the club has now successfully used this to persuade the farmer that he has neither of these rights, thereby avoiding a protracted legal dispute.

In Scotland…

District Salmon Boards Under Threat

Fish Legal will be responding to the Scottish Government’s formal call for written submissions to its Wild Fisheries Review.  Issues to be commented on include potential models of wild fisheries governance and potential sources of funding.  It is thought that the Scottish Government want to call time on Scotland’s time honoured District Salmon Boards and replace them with a more centralised system of fisheries governance. Fish Legal believes that Scotland has some very well run salmon fisheries and that for the most part the Board system works well.

SEPA Probed Following Shocking Fish Kill on the River Clyde

Fish Legal has sent a detailed environmental information request to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency following the publication of their investigation into last year’s massive fish kill on the River Clyde.  The fish kill occurred following a overflow event at Dalmarnock Sewage Treatment Works administered by Scottish Water.  Fish Legal wishes to understand why SEPA has not taken any enforcement action against Scottish Water over what, by any standards, was a very serious environmental incident.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

It’s Gold for England as Ben Harrison Wins World Youth Shore Fishing Championship

The Angling Trust England Youth Shore team travelled to La Tremblade in France for the FIPS-Mer World Youth Shore Championship from 3rd – 10th May. The team consisted of; Toby Oldfield, Callum Graham, Ben Harrison, Charlie Tudball, Michael Brookes, Keelan Owen (reserve), and Malcolm Stote (Manager).

> Read more

Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Launch Pairs Canal Championship

The Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust are delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership to launch a pilot Pairs Canal Championship on the Shropshire Union in the Soudley area on 14th September 2014.

> Read more

The Angling Trust and Angling Times
National Fishing League 2014-15

The National Fishing League is the Angling Trust and Angling Times’ national fishing competition that rewards regular participation and performance from match and club anglers. It’s another great way to compete against other anglers and gives you the chance to be crowned the National Fishing League Champion!

…and it’s totally FREE to take part.

> Read more and find out how to enter

CLA Game Fair – Book Discounted Tickets Now

The Game Fair box office is now open for advanced bookings with tickets at a reduced rate to on the gate prices!

Remember, those aged 16-years old and under will be able to visit the show free of charge this year.

Book advance tickets online at www.gamefair.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 776 7777.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday 6th May 2014 – For Immediate Release Angling Trust Logo
Operation CLAMP DOWN 2 well underwayOperation CLAMP DOWN 2 is well underway, with the cooperation of every police force in SE England – here, Voluntary Bailiff John Marlow (extreme left) and VBS Solent Area Coordinator Keith Dipper are pictured patrolling Hampshire river Test with PC Alan McCaffery of Hampshire Police, and EA Fisheries Inspector Dave Hunter.Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkarsaid: “Everyone working together, sharing intelligence and resources in this way can only have a positive effect on fisheries enforcement generally and Rural and Wildlife Crime. We are delighted with the positive response from an increasing number of forces, who are becoming more aware of the wider implications of poaching and the criminal offences involved – which are their responsibility to deal with.All anglers can contribute to this process simply by reporting incidents in progress, or information, to the police on 101/999 as appropriate, or the EA on 0800 80 70 60. It must be understood that all enforcement these days is intelligence-led – meaning that those calls are absolutely crucial. Unless anglers make them and start understanding how the system works, we will never make it work for us. So make that call!“End.


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Contact: Dilip Sarkar – Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Manager, dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.net

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Kevin Dicks secures the first qualifying spot in the Fish ‘O’ Mania grand final 2014The first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier for 2014 took place on Saturday 5th April at Bait-tech Viaduct Fishery, Somerset.The weather was overcast, but the sun did shine on the winner Kevin Dicks of Bathhampton.  Kevin a  Senior Clerk of Works was fishing for Maver, Bathhampton.  Drawing peg 86 on Cary Lake.  Fishing either waggler or the bomb, to 0.18 lines with 14/16 P911 hook, Kevin fed nearly two pints of 6m pellets during the match.  He took carp up to 16 lbs and with some 19 fish taken to the scales for a winning weight of 149 lbs 6 ozs booking his place in the grand final at Cudmore Fishery in July.A long drive from Surrey saw  Peter Upperton fishing for Middy draw peg 66 on Lodge Lake.  Fishing 14.5 m down the edge on luncheon meat to an over- hanging tree, Peter used nearly two tins cut to 4/6 mm cubes fished on a 12 hook, to take second in the match with 134 lbs 12 ozs of an all carp catch to 16 lbs.Robert Jones of Neath fishing under the Frenzee South West banner draw peg 87 Cary and on the next peg to the winner. Fishing the bomb and pellet waggler with 8 mm and 11 mm pellets. Robert took carp up to 16 lbs plus four skimmers for third place with 116 lbs 8 ozs. Local Angler Dan Squire of Somerton drew peg 120 Campbell, fishing the long pole with either pellet or caster to take 23 carp and 4 tench for fourth place with 115 lbs, and fifth place was taken by Robert Giles of Blackwood, another member of the Frenzee South West team.  Robert drew peg 96 Cary, fishing the pellet waggler, carp to 15 lbs which made up his final weight of 112 lbs 01 ozs.The next Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier takes place at Preston Innovations Boldings,Bridgnorth on Saturday 12th April 2014.-Ends-
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Monday 31st March 2014

All the Latest News Stories This Month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Welcome to the latest news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

Social Media - You can also find and follow us on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube and read our latest Blogs.

Canal and River Trust Asking for Views on Towpath Use

The Canal and River Trust are currently consulting on how towpaths are shared to make visiting waterways more enjoyable for everyone. Their aim is to improve people’s experience of using towpaths in England and Wales by gaining a more detailed understanding of the ways towpaths are used – whether by boaters, walkers, joggers, cyclists or anglers – and to attract more visitors to regularly use and enjoy the waterways.

Sussex Sea Anglers Net Funding to
Introduce New Anglers

Sussex Sea Anglers have recently received over £2,000 of funding from Adur Council to grow their 2014 Introduction to Sea Angling and the Marine Environment. The program promotes the importance of an Active & Healthy life style through the sport of Angling and the increased awareness of the England’s marine and associated environments. The funding will double the partner group’s ability to reach as wide an audience as possible across the Adur community.

Discounts for Members at
Thames Water’s Coarse and Game Fisheries

Thames Water have revamped their fishing pages. Check out all the information on their coarse and game fisheries atWalthamstow and Farmoor.Thames Water offer individual Angling Trust members a range of discounts on the stillwater and river fishing that they control at Walthamstow and Farmoor (full details of this membership benefit on our website here).

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3lb river perch from Thames Water’s Farmoor fishery.

Book Your Place at the Coarse Fish Conference 2014

You are invited to attend the Angling Trust Coarse Fish Conference on May 28th 2014 at South Street Arts Centre, Reading. This year’s Coarse Fish Conference is aimed at coarse anglers, fishing clubs and riparian owners, to provide inspiration and practical guidance to improve coarse fish stocks in rivers and stillwaters.
For more details and to book your place at this fantastic event, please click here or contact Regions Coordinator John Cheyne on john.cheyne@anglingtrust.net

Petition to Prevent Parking Restrictions
Limiting Access to Fishing

Our member club, Exeter and District Angling Association contacted the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to ask for advice about planned restrictions on parking access at one of its fisheries. We are writing on behalf of the club to the local council. There is an online petition about the parking restrictions and we encourage all anglers to show solidarity with the club by “signing” the petition here.

Youngsters Get Hooked on Pike Fishing

Angling Trust coaches were on hand at Suffolk’s Needham Lake in March to support a junior lure fishing day. The event was the brainchild of Pike Anglers’ Club liaison officer, Jason Skilton and Gipping Valley Angling Club and Suffolk County Amalgamated Angling Association coach, Mark Brewster.

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE
Make sure your club, fishery or syndicate is a Fish Legal Member, so if the worst happens you can obtain free legal representation to restore and restock – call us on 01568 620 447 to sign up…

Anglers Dismayed at Environment Agency
Decision Not to Prosecute Polluter

A series of explosions and fires at a nearby factory led to serious chemical pollution of the Todmorden Angling Society’s Grove Lodge fishing pool, killing hundreds of fish. However, the Environment Agency (EA) investigation was beset by delays, eventually leading to a decision not to prosecute, despite evidence of significant fish mortalities and environmental offences being committed.

Competition News…
Read all the latest competition news HERE

Angling Trust Team England Appoints 2014 Loch Style Management Team and Team Captains

Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing are delighted to announce the recent appointment of our new Management Team for the England Loch Style Teams.

Drennan Team England Seeking Coarse Anglers for England U23s Youth Assessments

Mark Downes, Drennan Team England Manager, and the Angling Trust are seeking talented anglers who would like to apply for the England Under 23s youth assessments.
The FIPSed under 23s World Championship is due to be staged at Assen in the Netherlands from 25th-26th July 2014, and a team is required to represent the Angling Trust and team sponsors Drennan International.

For competition enquiries please contact Sandra Drew, Angling Trust Competitions & Events Manager at sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net or by telephone on 0115 9061 301 / 307

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Angling Trust Membership For Just £2.50 a Month! See details below…

Pay for Membership by Direct Debit – Just £2.50 a month

Now you can spread the cost of Angling Trust membership by paying just £2.50 a month with Direct Debit. (The total of £30 includes all admin fees we have to pay for DD.) This new option will make it easier for those who prefer to pay in installments rather than in a single £25 lump sum. Please forward this email to someone you know who is not a member and encourage them to join online athttp://emarketing.blue-leaf.co.uk/t/r-l-xlyttdk-yhijukjrud-yh/

If your Club or Fishery is not a member please forward them this emailand encourage them to join the Angling Trust to save money on insurance…

Discounted Club Insurance

The Angling Trust, have developed a Civil and Employers Liability facility for Angling Trust Affiliated Member Clubs. This £5m insurance is included in the Angling Trust Club subscription fee. A small additional premium can be made to extend the policy for £10m cover. The cost of your club’s Angling Trust membership is very likely to be less expensive than the club is currently paying for insurance alone elsewhere.

Angling Trust is recognised by the government as the single representative body for all game, coarse and sea angling in England. We fight for fish and fishing by working to improve and protect fish stocks, promoting the benefits of angling for all, standing up for the environment and supporting excellence in angling. http://emarketing.blue-leaf.co.uk/t/r-l-xlyttdk-yhijukjrud-jl/
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Friday 31st January 2014

All the Latest News Stories This Month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

New Threat to Fish from Hydropower Community Grants

The Angling Trust has raised concerns that the Community Energy Strategy announced by Energy Minister Ed Davey this week, coupled with the already generous Feed in Tariffs offered by government, will lead to a fresh wave of applications for planning permission for hydropower turbines from community…

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Banging the Drum for Angling
in Both Houses of Parliament

The Angling Trust was busy representing the interests of anglers in the corridors of power on Wednesday this week, with Head of Freshwater Mark Owen giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Select Committee about invasive non-native species in the House of Commons and National Campaigns Co-ordinator Martin Salter briefing the House of Lords on amendments needed to the Government’s Water Bill

> Read more

Dredging and Floods

There has been a great deal of news coverage about the floods on the Somerset levels and some politicians and sections of the media seem to have got the idea that the floods are a result of the Environment Agency’s failure to dredge rivers. Of course, the floods are a result of a very wet winter and the fact that these marshlands are only just above sea level. Our Campaigns team is working flat out to influence this debate, and to stop a ridiculous knee jerk policy reaction to the floods. Watch this space for more progress next week.

Sea Angling 2012 Comes to Shoreham

There was plenty of discussion at the Sussex Marine Division meeting earlier this month in Shoreham about Cefas’ Angling 2012 Survey. The focus was on totals given for recreational vs commercial catches for bass and cod. Questions were also put to Sussex IFCA about how close pair trawlers come to the beaches. You can download the results of the Angling 2012 Survey from our Sussex Marine Division’s website.

>Download the report at www.anglingtrustsussexmarine.net

>Read more about our Marine Regions

Child Abuse Case Highlights Need for Clubs
to Use Licensed Coaches

Following appalling news of the conviction of 45 year Paul Stead, who used his position as head of the junior section of a Leeds fishing club to commit 23 offences against 7 victims dating back to the 1990s, the Angling Trust has called upon all angling clubs and organisations working with young people and vulnerable adults to ensure that all their officers involved in running activities are properly accredited and police checked.

> Read more

NGOs welcome improved environmental resilience in otherwise ‘timid’ Water Bill

The Blueprint for Water coalition of environmental groups has welcomed changes to the Water Bill that will increase the sustainability of the water industry by placing a new, strengthened ‘resilience duty’ on the regulator.

> Read more

Guidance on Action to be Taken in the Event of Waterfowl Becoming Entangled In Fishing Line

In partnership with The National Swan Convention we have produced a guide for bailiffs, fisheries, clubs and anglers to use in the event of a swan or other bird becoming snared or tangled in fishing line. Please forward this email or the link to the guide to your local club or fishery and familiarise yourself with the instructions – thank you.

> Download the guide

 

Fish Legal News
Read all the latest Fish Legal news HERE

Lune Hydro Permitted Over Angling Interests

Anglers have lost – at least for the moment – a hard-fought battle over whether a hydropower development should be permitted on the River Lune at Halton near Lancaster. The Environment Agency has decided that the severe impacts on the Forge Weir weirpool, which until now has produced annual catches of up to 100 salmon, are ‘outweighed’ by the benefits of renewable energy.  Fish Legal is reviewing the lawfulness of this position.

Competition News…
Read all the latest competition news HERE

2014 Fish ‘O’ Mania Second Place Prize
Takes Total Purse Over £60k! – Enter NOW!

With the number of qualifying pegs up on previous years, Matchroom Sport can announce that there will be a second prize of £5,000 at the 2014 Fish ‘O’ Mania grand final. With the event heavily oversubscribed every year, an additional 200 pegs have been made available at the 16 qualifying events to try and accommodate demand.

>Read More

To download entry instructions for competitors click HERE.

To enter Fish ‘O’ Mania XXI click HERE.

England Call-Up For Talented U18s Coarse Anglers

The Angling Trust is looking for talented young coarse anglers who would like to apply for the England under 18s youth assessment trial.

To apply contact Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager at the Angling Trust atsandra.drew@anglingtrust.net or
telephone: 0115 9061 301 / 307

> Read more

Have You Told A Friend About Our £2.50 Monthly Payment Option Yet?
Angling Trust Membership For Just £2.50 a Month! See details below…

Pay for Membership by Direct Debit – Just £2.50 a month

You can now spread the cost of Angling Trust membership by paying just £2.50 a month with Direct Debit. (The total of £30 includes all admin fees we have to pay for DD) This new option will make it easier for those who prefer to pay in installments rather than in a single £25 lump sum. Please forward this email to someone you know who is not a member and encourage them to join online atwww.anglingtrust.net/join

2013 Winter Raffle Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered our annual raffle which had some great prizes up for grabs as always, with particular thanks to our sponsor Daiwa for their support and prizes.

> Read more

Great Membership Benefits!

Insurance worth £14.99, 15% off Pallatrax bait and products, 15% off outdoor kit from Cotswold Outdoor, savings on Toyota vehicles, reduced prices on self-inflating life jackets, entry to Angling Trust matches and competitions, regular e-updates, two magazines a year, money off books, magazines and tackle, discounted fishing and more!

We have been able to negotiate a unique package of benefits for individual members – full details on our website at www.anglingtrust.net/offers As our membership grows, we will increase the number and value of our member benefits. Please encourage a friend to join by forwarding them this email.

Meet Us At The Big One 2014

Meet Us At The Big One 2014

The Big One 2014 will be the UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Come and meet us at Farnborough Airfield, GU14 6AZ on 22nd and 23rd Feb 2014 for all the latest news from the Angling Trust, to meet a host of Angling Celebrities and find tackle bargains galore.

> Read more on The Big One website

Angling Trust is recognised by the government as the single representative body for all game, coarse and sea angling in England. We fight for fish and fishing by working to improve and protect fish stocks, promoting the benefits of angling for all, standing up for the environment and supporting excellence in angling. www.anglingtrust.net

Fish Legal uses the law to fight pollution and other damage to fisheries on behalf of its member clubs, fisheries and riparian owners throughout the UK and acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust in England. www.fishlegal.net

Child abuse case highlights need for clubs to use licensed coaches

Tuesday 21 January 2014
Child abuse case highlights need for clubs to use licensed coachesFollowing the appalling news this week of the conviction of 45 year Paul Stead, who used his position as head of the junior section of a Leeds fishing club to commit 23 sex offences against 7 victims dating back to the 1990s, the Angling Trust has called upon all angling clubs and organisations working with young people and vulnerable adults to ensure that all their officers involved in running activities are properly accredited and police checked.Stead, who has now been jailed for 11 years, was operating as an unlicensed angling coach and the Angling Trust believes that this dreadful case has further reinforced the need for all coaches to be licensed.The Angling Trust, as the National Governing Body for angling, strives to ensure that all young anglers are able to participate in the sport in a safe and friendly environment.  The Trust works with organisations such as the NSPCC, Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Sport England to implement procedures to encourage clubs, fisheries and other organisations to appoint only those who have been appropriately trained and checked to work with young people and vulnerable adults.The Angling Trust runs a coach licensing scheme which ensures that all licensed coaches hold an appropriate 1st4Sport coaching qualification, have undergone recognised and relevant Safeguarding and Protecting Children training, recognised First Aid Training and have also been DBS (formerly CRB) checked.  Any concerns raised about a coach before and during their time as a licensed coach are investigated with the support of the aforementioned agencies and where appropriate the police and children’s services.If coaches are not licensed, their suitability to work in environments with young people and vulnerable adults cannot be assessed.  The Angling Trust urges all angling coaches to register for a Coach Licence and all clubs, schools and organisations using angling coaches to make it a requirement that they are licensed with the Angling Trust.The Angling Trust Coach Licence has recently undergone a review and will be re-launching very soon.  Prices will start from as little as £10 per year for members of the Angling Trust to get a licence to coach as a volunteer.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “This case is absolutely horrific and our thoughts are with the young people who were the victims of this terrible abuse, and their families.  Thankfully this is a very rare case in the angling community, but we must all do everything we can to try and stop anything like this happening in the future.  The best way to achieve this is for all the organisations involved in angling to support the coach licence system.  Whilst we actively encourage friends and families to take youngsters fishing, the bar has to be set high for angling clubs operating junior sections.  Before parents entrust their children to people they don’t know particularly well they need to be confident that they will be coached by well-trained people who have had their criminal record checked.”
Latest News from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal October 2013
Friday 25th October 2013

All the Best News Stories This Month from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing
Angling Trust Welcomes New TV Fishing Programme

The Angling Trust is delighted to share the news that well know Team England fly fisher and guide John Horsey is involved with a brand new fishing television programme called Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing which starts broadcasting on Channel 5 on the 1st November at 7pm.

> Read more

Fish Legal Takes Natural Resources Wales to Court

Fish Legal is taking its battle against sewage pollution to the High Court after Natural Resources Wales (NRW) let Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water (DCWW) “off-the-hook” for damage caused to Llyn Padarn, one of the last remaining homes of a critically endangered native fish species.

> Read more

Cautious Celebrations as Weymouth Angling Centre Spared Demolition for Now

Anglers were celebrating today after the Weymouth Harbour Management Board rejected Council proposals to demolish the Weymouth Angling Club’s harbour-side club house and instead voted for an amendment that should see the Club given a new 10 year lease and a secure future. The Angling Trust had started a campaign in support immediately and Chief Exec Mark Lloyd attended the meeting.

> Read more

Two Cheers for New Hydropower Guidelines

The Angling Trust and Salmon & Trout Association have jointly welcomed the Environment Agency (EA) Board’s decision yesterday to introduce new Good Practice Guidelines for hydropower that reduce the amount of water that can normally be diverted from rivers into turbines, which will have great benefits for fish and other aquatic wildlife.

> Read more

New Fisheries Minister to Press Ahead on Bass Conservation Measures

New Fisheries Minister George Eustice has pleased anglers in his first communication to the Angling Trust with a confirmation that he intends to proceed with the hard fought for review of the bass minimum landing size (MLS) instigated by his predecessor Richard Benyon.

> Read more in our press release

Let’s Fish Programme
How to Go Fishing and Make New Friends

Lets Fish is a series of  fishing sessions where anglers can fish with and meet other anglers, sometimes at a discounted rate. The idea is to address the results of the National Angling Strategy which found that one of the main barriers to anglers fishing more often was not having someone to go with. Fishery staff can receive training, a uniform, DBS check, become Angling Champions and go on to deliver the programme with support from their Angling Trust Regional Officer.

> Read more about the programme in the West Midlands
> Find the Regional Officer for your own region

Crayfish On BBC Countryfile

Did you know that invasive, non-native species cost the UK economy an estimated £1.7billion every year? Find out about efforts to protect native white-clawed crayfish by tuning into BBC Countryfile on iPlayer before Sunday 27th October.

> Watch again here

Read more about a new phone app to help track invasive, non-native species at the foot of this email.

Specialist Coarse Angling

Did you know… Specialist angling is just one of the many types of fishing that the Angling Trust covers and many of the countries top specialist angling groups are affiliated to us. Check out all the specialist coarse angling information and links on the Angling Trust website.

You can find articles from Mark EverardAusten Goldsmithand Hugh Miles as well as a list of issues that we work on which affect Specialist Anglers. Please forward this email to a friend and encourage them to join the Angling Trust so they can support this work.

> Read more

Angling Trust Resumes Recruitment for Voluntary Bailiff Service in the South East

The Angling Trust have resumed recruiting for the Environment Agency South East Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS). This will close at the beginning of March pending the April 2014 induction and training day.

Geographic details of the Environment Agency South East region can be found by clicking here. Information on the VBS can be found here.

Expressions of interest for the South East area or for the planned expansion of the service into other areas should be sent to bailiffs@anglingtrust.net

 

Competition News…
Read more competition news HERE

Daiwa Support Angling Trust RiverFest Final

The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that more sponsorship support has been received alongside that from Thames and Severn Trent Water, this time from Daiwa Sports towards the Angling Trust RiverFest 2013 final on the Wye on 16th/17th November. In addition to big money prizes, including a £10,000 top prize, a prize pot of £24,000 and goody boxes from Bait-Tech for every finalist, Daiwa has donated their latest TDR2508 reel worth £245 for the angler who catches the biggest fish over the weekend. The section stewards will also have their chance of getting in on the action with a prize draw to win a TDM2508 reel worth £150.

> Read more

And Finally…

Invasive non-native plant species are a threat to wildlife.
Use your phone to help track them down.

The Environment Agency, the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have joined forces to help combat the spread of the UK’s most problematic invasive, non-native plant species. The PlantTracker app, shows you how to identify each species and easily submit geo-located photos whenever you find one.

> Read more and download the app

 Newscast: Angling Trust Member News
Friday 18th October 2013

All the Latest News from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Launch of PROJECT TRESPASS

Putting Poachers in Their Place
Launch of PROJECT TRESPASS

Project Trespass – a new initiative to provide a coordinated response to poaching – was launched on 1st October 2013 by the England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group, which includes the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in its membership.

> Read more

NEW: Multilingual Guide to Angling Laws and Customs

Last year we asked for your suggestions for a new leaflet to deal with the growing problem of fish theft and poaching by migrant workers. We received some great ideas which were incorporated into “Play By The Rules” our multilingual guide to fishing laws and bylaws in the UK.

The leaflet has just been reprinted to include two new languages – Lithuanian and Chinese – and we are asking for your help by getting your local tackle shop to distribute it for us.

You can request these by emailing admin@anglingtrust.netJust let us know the name and address of the shop and we’ll send copies which they can keep on their counter and pop into carrier bags.

Useful for fisheries, clubs and bailiffs too.

Do it Yourself Dredging
A Recipe for Environmental Disaster

Defra has announced it will allow farmers and landowners to dredge rivers themselves. The Angling Trust has campaigned against this because dredging can cause catastrophic damage to river ecology and very rarely makes any difference to flooding.

> Read more

George Eustice

New Fisheries Minister George Eustice Announced

As we reported recently, we now have a new Fisheries Minister in the shape of George Eustice. We have already provided a briefing document to him and asked for an early meeting in order to start building a working relationship with the new minister.

> Read more

Join or Renew For Just £2.50 a Month

We’ve responded to feedback from anglers and members by introducing a new monthly subscription option. You can now spread the cost of Angling Trust membership over 12 months by paying just £2.50 a month with Direct Debit. (The total of £30 includes all admin fees we have to pay for DD) This new option will make it easier for those who prefer to pay in installments rather than in a single £25 lump sum. Please forward this email to someone you know who is not a member and encourage them to join online atwww.anglingtrust.net/join or by calling the Membership Team on 01568 620 447.

Angling Trust and Pure Fishing
Promote Fisheries Conservation in Europe

Angling Trust’s National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter was invited to Lisbon last week to give a presentation to the first workshop held in Europe by The Berkley Conservation Institute, the environmental arm of the global tackle giants Pure Fishing.

> Read more

Angling Trust Bait Summit Brings Heads Together

The Government’s change of approach to managing European marine sites and the responsibilities of the new IFCAs have forced bait collection into the spotlight in recent months with a series of IFCA bylaws being introduced that will restrict bait digging on conservation grounds.

> Read more

Angling Trust Gets Fishing’s
Message Over at Party Conferences

Angling Trust duo Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter this month did the rounds of party political conferences where they ensured that anglers’ messages were communicated right to the top of British politics. The Trust jointly organised, with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), three ‘rural receptions’ for the Conservative, Labour’s and Liberal Democrats. More than 300 conference delegates, ranging from local councillors to government Ministers, attended the events.

> Read more

Fish Legal News…
Read more news from Fish Legal HERE

Dove Pollution

The River Dove in Derbyshire, which inspired Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler, has been restored to its former glories following clean-up of a major oil-spill as a result of pressure on the Environment Agency from the Beresford Fishery and Fish Legal. Owner Michael Collins reports that “both my keeper, Andy Heath, and the Derbyshire County Angling Club are delighted how well trout are breeding and the river is fishing”.
Pictured: Charles Cotton’s Fishing Hut in Beresford Dale

New Investigation After Years of Silt Pollution at Fishery

Fish Legal is advising a Bristol-based fishery owner whose lakes have been polluted with silt by Network Rail for around 8 years. Network Rail paid up £100k plus costs for the same problem in 2012 and the owner was told he would not need to claim again but the problem still continues. Fish Legal has written to Network Rail with a further claim for losses and seeking a permanent solution. Fish Legal has also informed the Environment Agency that a pollution offence is still being committed and asked them to re-investigate.

Competition News…
Read more competition news HERE

NEW – FREE ENTRY: National Fishing League Opened To All

Following huge interest from clubs and fisheries and recent discussions with Sport England the Angling Trust National Fishing league is now open to all angling clubs and fisheries free of charge and not subject to membership of the Angling Trust.

> Read more

Italy Triumph as England Joins the Party at World Carnivorous Boat Fishing Lure Champs

The Angling Trust’s newly elected team represented England in the 6th FIPSed World Carnivorous Boat Fishing with Lures Championship on Northern Irelands Loch Erne from 12th – 13th October.

> Full Results and Match Report

And Finally…

Welsh Dee Salmon Conservation Fund Raffle

Welsh Dee Salmon Conservation Fund Raffle

The Welsh Dee Trust are concerned about the failure of the River Dee to reach its spawning Conservation Limit for Salmon. Renowned sculptor Neil Dalrymple has donated a sculpture similar to the one pictured and this exquisitely crafted masterpiece will be awarded to the winner of the Welsh Dee Salmon Conservation Fund raffle.

> Read more and enter the raffle

Thursday 30th May 2013

News Update from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal May 2013

Charter for Chalk Streams launched – UK Governments blasted for 50 years of ‘lamentable environmental stewardship’

National wildlife and conservation organisations have formed an alliance with local river restoration groups to press the government and its agencies to reform radically their water policies to enable England’s endangered chalk streams to return to good health. You can read Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter’s latest blog on this HERE.

> Read more about the campaign launch here
> Download the Chalk Stream Charter here

Anglers in London and the South-East urged to stand up for the Thames

The Angling Trust, along with Thames Anglers Conservancy (TAC), called on all anglers and angling clubs in London and the South-East to speak out in favour of plans to clean up the tidal Thames through the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “Sadly there are people out there who don’t care about dead fish and wildlife or polluted rivers and who are trying to stop or delay the vital Thames Tunnel project which is why those of us who care for our rivers and the environment must make our voices heard loud and clear.”

> Read more

Videos: River trout stocking, best practice and genetic implications

Many fly fishing clubs routinely stock their rivers with trout from hatcheries. Surprisingly, guidance on stock management options that would help fisheries perform to their best potential is hard to come by. These two videos from Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer Paul Gaskell, explain the potential pitfalls that can actually reduce angler catches and wild fish populations through getting stocking wrong. Both genetic and competitive considerations are covered – and simple guidance on how to get the best out of river fisheries is provided.

http://vimeo.com/63397187

http://vimeo.com/63397188

Fish Legal News

In England, Fish Legal (previously known as the Anglers Conservation Association, or ACA) acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust on issues related to environmental and fisheries law. Fish Legal also operates in the rest of the UK where it works for its member clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and organisations. Each month we include an update about their work and in the coming weeks the legal team will be sending you their own updates – look out for those in your inbox…

A win for our member club Bardag Angling Association

Last year we told you about a claim against Essex and Suffolk Water for damage caused to our Angling Trust and Fish Legal member club Bardag Angling Association’s fishing by a large water mains leak. In response to our representations Essex and Suffolk Water have paid the club £22,000 for damage to the fishery and loss of income. As a further deterrent Fish Legal have secured £15,750 in costs for taking this claim. This does not cover all of Fish Legal’s expenses but the legal team are delighted to have helped its member to a great result in difficult circumstances.

Poaching and Fish Theft: Angling Trust and EA Release New Guide to Fishery Law & Enforcement

Poaching and fish theft are of great concern to anglers in England. It is, however, important to understand the law, how the enforcement system works, and how we can all help. Our new “Essential Guide to Elementary Freshwater Fishery Law & Enforcement in England” is a basic introduction to the subject. Please download the PDF from the link below to find out more.  Make sure your club, fishery or tackle shop has a copy. Please also forward this email to a friend and encourage them to join the Angling Trust to support this and all our other vital work to protect fish and fishing.

Download the “Essential Guide to Elementary Freshwater Fishery Law & Enforcement in England” HERE.

 

Benyon moves to allay fears over river dredging by farmers

The Angling Trust secured an urgent meeting with Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon in his constituency, rather than waiting weeks for a slot in the Defra ministers diary, to convey the concerns of anglers, fishery owners (as well as conservation and wildlife groups) that the government was about to rip up decades of environmental protection and return to the bad old practices of turning once natural rivers into drainage ditches.  The Minister has since issued a helpful statement.

> Read more

Project Update: The Angling Trust’s Fight Against Poaching & Fish Theft

In the past two months the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) has gathered momentum and discussions are now underway with the Environment Agency about rolling out the VBS to the rest of the country. Any members interested in applying to become a Volunteer Bailiff should in the first instance email their full name, date of birth, address and contact numbers to bailiffs@anglingtrust.net. Your details will then be added to our database – we’ll be in touch immediately recruiting starts in your area.

> Read more

New Guide for Fisheries: Avoiding Spring Fish Mortalities

Dr Bruno Broughton B.Sc., who many of our member clubs and fisheries will know as one of the UK’s top fisheries management consultants, has prepared a document entitled “Avoiding Spring Fish Mortalities”.  He has generously donated this information in response to a flurry of requests about fish mortalities in the recent (brief!) warm spell.  We hope it will be useful if this issue affects somewhere you go fishing.

Download the PDF “Avoiding Spring Fish Mortalities” HERE.

Top Polish Carpers Join Angling Trust

Carp Team PL was established with the aim of promoting catch and release carp fishing and UK angling laws, customs and byelaws and to introduce Polish carp anglers living in the UK to each other. The group’s positive attitude is gradually changing the way Carp Team PL are perceived by UK anglers and their growing profile has been helped by the fact that one of its members, Krzysztof Mroz, is a current Polish Carp Angling Champion. The group is working with the Angling Trust’s Building Bridges Project and our member club The Polish Anglers Association to launch a “Carp Fishing School” for Polish Anglers with the assistance of Angling Trust Building Bridges project officer Pawel Nycz.

> Read more

Fishing the Wye at Hereford

Angling Trust RiverFest 2013 – Apply NOW For New National River Competition

A brand new competition, which will carry the biggest ever individual river competition first prize of £10,000, plus more big main list and section cash prizes in the final gets underway in July.

Check out www.anglingtrust.net/riverfest2013 for booking details for each venue and a full list of competitors.

More coarse, sea and game Competitions News from the Angling Trust can be found at www.anglingtrust.net/competitionnews and for any enquiries regarding Competitions please contact Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager on sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net

Crimestoppers: Angling under threat

The Angling Trust supports the Fish Health Inspectorate in Cefas and the EA in their work with the Crimestoppers charity to reduce angling related crime – if you have information about smuggling, illegal fish movements, fish theft or tackle theft then call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111 – you won’t be asked for your name or address and you will never be asked to make a statement or attend a police station or court.

> Read more

National Fishing Month 2013

If you’ve organised a National Fishing Month (NFM) event (or are thinking of organising one) but haven’t yet registered the event on the NFM website, the deadline for doing this is 1st June. As in previous years, the idea is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support this initiative so please encourage someone who has never fished to go along to an event.

Go to www.nationalfishingmonth.com to find out more and to register your event. If you have any questions at all about National Fishing Month please contact Naidre Werner atnaidre@anglingtradesassociation.com and she will happily help you out.

Take a Friend Fishing (TAFF) – June 2nd 00:01 – 23:59

The Take a Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign is designed to encourage regular anglers to take their family members and friends fishing to let them try the sport for themselves. Free one-day rod licences (each worth £3.75) from the Environment Agency have been printed in newspapers, magazines and featured online so that anglers can take a mate or a family member on a fishing session before midnight on June 2nd 2013 so there’s still time left to take advantage of this great offer.

Go to www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk to find out more and get your voucher.

 

‘Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree – The Quest’

‘Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree – The Quest’ will bring viewers back into the world of Crabtree, but this time there will be some new and greater challenges in The Quest for ‘Peter’ – a nationwide search for six young anglers who want to join John Bailey on the bankside to achieve their own personal targets.

> Read more

The Angle – Spring Summer Edition Landing With You Soon

Keep your eyes peeled for the latest copy of your free membership magazine, “The Angle”  which will arrive in the post in the next few days along with tickets for the Spring Raffle. Please return your raffle books to us using the free return-paid envelope enclosed.  If you don’t want to enter yourself, then please try and sell the tickets to someone else. This income is really important to help us do even more to fight for fish and fishing and to promote angling for all.

The Angling Trust and Fish Legal will be holding their AGMs at Stafford Showground on Saturday 22nd of June so that members can find out what we have been doing for them in the morning and then attend the show in the afternoon. This year, entry to the AGM includes free entry to the British Fly Fair International (normal price £10) for our members who book one of the 60 places available in advance. More info on how to book a place is enclosed with your magazine.

The Barbel Show 2013 – 9th June 2013

Meet us at the Barbel Show S2013 for a fantastic day out and the launch of the Barbel Society book on the 9th June 2013 at Chesford Grange, CV8 2LD. The Angling Trust really look forward to attending this show. The superb speakers, brilliant Q&A sessions, exhibitors selling books, bait, tackle and clothing, second hand stall (where a bargain is always possible!), top flight raffle with excellent prizes and a great venue mean that you are guaranteed a really memorable day out amongst like-minded anglers. So don’t miss the barbel and river angling show of the year – come and stock up in time for June the 16th!

> Read more and buy tickets online

The British Fly Fair International – 22nd & 23rd June 2013

Join us at the British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground. Now in its eleventh year the BFFI still attracts the best demonstration tyers from around the world and quality trade stands. Tying, casting, rod building, fishing techniques and entomology are all here to be discovered. More info at www.bffi.co.uk or on Facebook.

Fish For a Fortune at the CLA Game Fair – 19th to 21st July

For the second time in the CLA Game Fair’s 55-year history, the hugely popular three-day show is returning to the magnificent 6,500-acre Ragley Hall estate in Warwickshire – from Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 21 July. Fishing is at the heart of The CLA Game Fair, which hosts the greatest outdoor angling exhibition anywhere in the UK.

Fish for a Fortune is a fantastic new competition, which is sure to be a major attraction, where those with and without experience can try their hands at fishing for the prize of £10,000 in the beautiful lake at Ragley Hall.

www.gamefair.co.uk

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Canoe Campaigner’s Access Case SinksA campaigner for universal canoe access, Mr. Andrew Biddulph, who tried to claim £4,000 from an angling club for restricting access to the River Dove, has been ordered by the Court to rewrite his claim or withdraw it and pay Fish Legal’s costs.  This case is a further blow to the incorrect claims of Mr. Biddulph and other campaigners – supported by Canoe England and the British Canoe Union – that there ‘might’ be a general right of navigation on all rivers.The Burton-on-Trent Mutual Angling Association allows canoeists to use their part of the River Dove under an agreement with the local canoeing club for set times in the season. But Mr Biddulph demanded that the club recognise ‘an ancient right’ to canoe whenever and wherever he wished, or be taken to court.Local anglers were shocked by the ultimatum but (as it was such an unusual case) Fish Legal agreed to help its member club defend its legal right to fish without the threat of constant disturbance from canoeing.The canoeist’s arguments came from a University thesis which says that canoeists are entitled to paddle on all rivers in England.  The case was an attempt to put this theory into effect by challenging the current law, but also to extract money from the angling club.Fish Legal made a court application to strike out his claim as an abuse of process and because it provided no reasonable (or legally recognisable) grounds for bringing the claim.  After the application hearing Mr Biddulph chose to withdraw his claim, apparently accepting his case was without any merit.It is the long accepted position of the Courts, and all respected legal books, that there is no general public right of navigation on non-tidal rivers.  Unfortunately, Canoe England and the British Canoe Union create confusion amongst its members by suggesting that there is such a right.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “The law about navigation is absolutely clear: apart from on a few identified navigable rivers, there is no right of navigation without permission.  The failure of this claim goes to show that such challenges to the law are bound to fail.”The BCU and Canoe England should wake up to this fact and work with us to promote sensible voluntary access agreements.  Many of our members have attempted to draw up agreements with local canoe clubs, only to find that the national canoeing bodies have ordered them not to sign agreements because they do not allow access at all times, or because they would have to accept that they need permission.  We call on them to accept the law of the land, respect other people’s property rights and to work with the Angling Trust and its members to increase access for canoes in a sustainable way to avoid further conflicts of this type.”ENDSMedia Contact: mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net  or 01568 620447Notes to EditorsFish Legal is a not-for-profit membership association that acts solely for its members. It uses the law to fight to protect the aquatic environment and fisheries. The organisation has settled and won in excess of two thousand cases and recovered many millions of pounds in damages, which has been returned its members to plough back into angling and restoring the aquatic environment. Fish Legal employs its own in-house legal team covering the whole of the UK, including a Scots-qualified lawyer. In England it acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust.Fish Legal is backed by thousands of individual anglers through their joint membership of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. Angling clubs or fishery owners wishing to join the Angling Trust & Fish Legal and individuals wishing to become members or make a donation should phone 0844 7700616 (Option 1) during office hours.Contacts: For more information on Angling Trust & Fish Legal, please visit www.anglingtrust.net orwww.fishlegal.net or write to: Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ or call 0844 7700616
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Angling Trust Media Release13th December 2012
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Benyon rejects canoeists campaign to paddle over anglers’ rightsTo read this email in your web browser click HEREAngling bodies have been getting increasingly concerned at the conduct of the British Canoe Union (BCU) and Canoe England (CE) who are encouraging canoeists to defy the law and trample over anglers rights.They have been promoting a ‘Right to Paddle’ campaign for several years and simply refuse to acknowledge the existence of limitations on navigation in civil law. Both organisation promote canoeing guides and events which encourage canoeing on rivers where no lawful right of navigation exists.Organised trespasses are becoming all the more commonplace and are promoted through the ‘independent’ website ‘Song of the Paddle’ www.songofthepaddle.co.uk which promotes what they call ‘open canoeing’.The Angling Trust recently sought clarification on the canoeists demands from Fisheries and Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The minister strongly rebutted the notion of an automatic ‘right to paddle’ up every stream, brook and river in the country regardless of the impact on either the environment or other river users.Richard Benyon made it clear in an interview for the Angling Trust members magazine The Angle that there will be no legal right to paddle without the riparian owners permission. The previous Labour government was clear on this and the policy of voluntary access agreements only has now been re-affirmed by the Coalition government.Text from Fisheries and Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon’s interview on canoeists:Q – Angling Trust: Will you rule out a statutory ‘right to paddle’ for canoeists?
A – Richard Benyon: I want to be really clear about this. While we want more people to get out and enjoy activities in the countryside they must be complimentary. There are plenty of places to canoe where it is appropriate and others where it is not. There will be no change to our policy of supporting voluntary access agreements as the only way forward. Anglers and fishery owners spend a lot of time and money caring for our rivers and streams and their rights deserve to be respectedAngling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter said:
“The Angling Trust has been challenging the claims being made by militant canoeists that they should have a right paddle up every river, stream or brook in Britain irrespective of ownership or the impact this has on wildlife or other people’s enjoyment. The rights of navigation are clear in law and there are thousands of miles of navigable rivers and waterways to which canoeists have legal access. We also have well worked voluntary access agreements in place which allow canoeing on some rivers such as the Dart and the upper Wye at times of high water when fishing will not be affected.Because the BCU is refusing to recognise the law of the land it is pulling out of these voluntary access agreements claiming they are now unnecessary.The rejection of  a ‘right to paddle’ by Richard Benyon is most welcome and we call upon the organisations that represent canoeists to recognise the law of the land and that it is not going to be changed in their favour any time soon.Continued authorised trespasses by the BCU could put funding for their sport in jeopardy which would be a shame as there is plenty of water out there for everyone to share provided that people agree to operate within the law and do not think that they can trample over the rights of anglers and others.”ENDSMore info: Martin Salter 07976 946033Please click HERE to forward this email to a friend.Facebook Like Button  Tweet ButtonNotes:  Text from Fisheries and Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon’s interview on canoeists1. Will you rule out a statutory ‘right to paddle’ for canoeists?
I want to be really clear about this. While we want more people to get out and enjoy activities in the countryside they must be complimentary. There are plenty of places to canoe where it is appropriate and others where it is not. There will be no change to our policy of supporting voluntary access agreements as the only way forward. Anglers and fishery owners spend a lot of time and money caring for our rivers and streams and their rights deserve to be respected
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Shadow Minister Gets Fully Briefed on Angling Issues
Mark Owen and Martin Salter present Tom Harris with an Angling Trust briefing on invasive speciesLast week, as well as welcoming the re-appointment of Richard Benyon as Fisheries Minister, the Angling Trust reached out across the political divide and organised a briefing for the new Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Tom Harris. Martin Salter, Dr Alan Butterworth and Mark Owen from the Trust were joined by colleagues from Thames Anglers Conservancy (TAC) and Get Hooked on Fishing (GHoF) when they took Tom to visit a West London angling participation scheme in Ealing and then on to Teddington weir to hear angler’s concerns about the implementation of damaging hydropower schemes and problems with predation and invasive species.
Tom Harris catching a golden rudd with Keith ArthurUnder the expert guidance of Sky TV’s Tight Lines presenter Keith Arthur, Tom was able to catch his first fish since childhood days at Northala Fields.
Tom Harris and Sarah Collins of GHoF at Northala FieldsSarah Collins, new CEO of Get Hooked on Fishing said:
“Get Hooked on Fishing was delighted to show Tom the potential social and community benefits of angling and how it can be successfully used as a tool to engage or re-engage the hard-to-reach. At GHoF Ealing we will be offering angling as a cradle-to-grave positive activity for all. We were able to explain to Tom how, through our partnership with Ealing Borough Council and other organisations, we are planning to provide volunteering, qualification, coaching, apprenticeship and future employment opportunities for children, young people, their families and local communities.”
Angling Trust’s Dr Alan Butterworth, Dave Harvey and Richard Crimp (TAC) brief Tom Harris on the problems of hydropower in lowland riversSpeaking with Tom at Teddington weir, Angling Trust rivers expert Dr Alan Butterworth said:
“Hydropower schemes on our lowland rivers will never produce a significant amount of electricity yet will cause great harm to the aquatic environment, especially to fish populations, whilst attracting unsustainably high subsidies paid for by all consumers.”Dave Harvey, Chairman of TAC added:
“We were pleased to get the opportunity to take Tom to the historic weir pool at Teddington and explain our grave fears over the future. We explained that few people look below the water and consider what long term ecological damage may be caused for a tiny amount of electricity. The Environment Agency had promised long term monitoring of the scheme at Windsor’s Romney Weir but it is still to be commissioned some 10 years on from concept. They now are ploughing ahead with multiple schemes with unknown consequences bar profits for the developers and revenue for the EA themselves.”Later on in the visit Martin Salter and Mark Owen briefed Tom Harris on invasive non-native species and in particular the annual cost to the economy and the need for the government to take action to limit the spread of invasive species via ship’s ballast.Angling Trust Freshwater and Environment campaign manager Mark Owen said:
“Latest estimates show a staggering £1.3bn cost to England alone due to the rising costs to fisheries of signal crayfish, canadian pond weed, mitten crabs and other species. We, the Angling Trust, have asked Tom Harris to press the government to urgently ratify the International Convention to control ship’s ballast water to stop more coming in and to tighten our legislation so that we have the proper powers to control and eradicate these threats to our waters. We are also hopeful that Tom will give his backing to our ‘Action on Cormorants’ campaign to protect our fish stocks from unsustainable predation.”Tom Harris MP said:
“The Angling Trust organised an enjoyable and highly informative visit for me. Britain is a nation of anglers and Labour remains committed to making sure that the sport flourishes. Angling is one of the few sports that can be enjoyed by all ages and by people of all abilities. Anglers have a keen interest in, and a concern for, our natural environment and ministers can only benefit from listening to anglers’ views and benefiting from their experiences.”–ENDS–More info: Martin Salter 07976 946033
Mark Owen 07545 733245
Dr Alan Butterworth 07905 765634
Dave Harvey 07765 646044
Sarah Collins 07525 255572

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 7th September
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Angling Trust welcomes Benyon back but reminds new
Environment Secretary of his pre-election promises
Following the Government’s reshuffle earlier this week the Angling Trust has welcomed the re-appointment of Richard Benyon as Fisheries Minister but reminded his boss Owen Paterson, the new Secretary of State for Environment, of his pledge to limit commercial over fishing in favour of recreational sea angling.In 2005, during his time as shadow fisheries minister, Mr Paterson launched a Conservative Party policy document promising to take “full account of the needs of recreational sea fishing, limiting commercial activity if necessary to ensure that those needs are met”.The Conservative Party said at the time that if it wins the General Election it will “create a stable and equitable framework for the fishing and allied industries, including the recreational fishing sector and tourism”.Chairman of the Angling Trust, Mike Heylin, said:
“The Angling Trust will expect the new Environment Secretary to keep his pre-election promises and give our hard pressed recreational sector a better deal with more of the inshore fishery managed sustainably in the interests of both the environment and responsible sea anglers. Our estuaries and nursery areas in particular need better protection and our bass and other fish stocks must be allowed to breed successfully before being targeted for harvesting. We are proud of our good relations with politicians of all parties but fully intend to hold those in power to account.”The Angling Trust was also pleased to learn that Richard Benyon would be staying at Defra in his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries.The Trust’s National campaign Coordinator Martin Salter said:
“At a critical time for our sport with big issues like cormorant predation, marine conservation zones, the Severn Barrage and invasive species on the top of our agenda the last thing angling needed was a new fisheries minister who probably wouldn’t have known cod from codswallop.Richard Benyon’s understanding of angling, fisheries and rural affairs means he was the best placed minister to continue in his role and we look forward to working even more closely with him in future to ensure that the interests of anglers are represented at the highest level.”This view was echoed by the UK tackle trade. Naidre Werner, Angling Trades Association Chair added:”I’m sure that members of the angling trade will be delighted to hear that Mr Benyon remains in post.  Mr Benyon has been a strong supporter of angling participation initiatives, particularly National Fishing Month, and to be able to continue working with someone who understands the importance of recreational fishing and its value to the economy will only benefit everyone involved.”–Ends–Notes to Editors:
http://www.fishing-news.info/tories-back-sea-anglers-in-fish-stocks-battle/Media Contact:
Martin Salter 07976 946033

Invitation to Attend the First Angling Trust South East Forum
The Angling Trust would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the inaugural meeting of the South East Forum will take place on October 3rd at Rowfant House near Crawley. The meeting will open with our AGM at 6.30pm followed by the Forum itself which will start at 7.00pmThis Angling Trust Forum will provide an opportunity for fishing clubs, associations, individual anglers and all who care about angling a chance to feedback their views to both the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency on a range of important subjects.  This is your opportunity to influence the decisions, strategies and help identify common issues that impact angling across the region. The Forum will mainly concentrate on issues effecting Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. Our Thames Forum will continue to run for clubs and anglers within the Thames Catchment.The inaugural meeting of the Angling Trust South East Forum will be themed:“Protecting our Waters: Combatting Illegal Fishing”Speakers at the meeting will include:• Mike Heylin (Chairman of Angling Trust) – the Volunteer Bailiff Scheme Pilot
• Radoslaw Papiewski (Angling Trust) – The Building Bridges initiative
• Mark Lloyd (Chief Executive of Angling Trust) – Angling Trust Update
• Adrian Saunders (Environment Agency) – Enforcement in the South EastWe would be delighted if you were able to attend and support this forum.  However places are limited (by the venue’s room sizes) so to confirm your attendance please contact John Cheyne by email to ensure we have sufficient space for all those who want to come along.john.cheyne@anglingtrust.net
If you have any items you would like to suggest for our “Any other Business” section of the evening or if you are interested in standing as Chairman or Secretary of the Forum please also contact John on the email address above.
SummaryWhat - Angling Trust South East Forum –Inaugural Meeting with a theme of “Protecting our Waters: Combatting Illegal Fishing”When - 3 October 2012, AGM 6.30pm Forum start 7.00pmWhere - Rowfant House, Wallage Lane Rowfant, Crawley West Sussex, RH10 4NGMap LinkHeading North on the M23, exit at junction 10 signposted East Grinstead. Follow the A264 and at the third roundabout take the 3rd exit to Turners Hill, B2028. Follow this through to Crawley Down, after 5 miles turn right into Wallage Lane, sign posted Rowfant. Follow down the lane for approx. 0.75 miles, under the railway bridge, and Rowfant House entrance is on the right.Heading South on the M23, exit at junction 10A, B2036. At the next roundabout take the 4th exit, B2036. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit, Turners Hill Road. After approx. 1.5 miles turn left onto Wallage Lane, signposted Rowfant. After about half a mile Rowfant House entrance is on the left.
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Angling Trust launches new ‘home-grown’ membership adverts

Image: The Trust’s 3 new membership advert designs.
High-res, web ready and printed poster versions available below.

The Angling Trust doesn’t yet have big budgets for marketing campaigns but it does have a committed membership with a huge array of talents and expertise, many of whom are prepared to give generously of their time for the benefit of angling as a whole. The guys at the Leominster membership office were thrilled when Ian Sutton volunteered to help with the Trust’s new membership campaign advertisements, especially as Ian is a director of a top creative agency, Milestone Design, with first-hand experience of working with top brands including the RAC.

Ian has created three stunning adverts promoting the Angling Trust’s work to sea, game and coarse anglers featuring his young fishing fanatic son Max with a message to support the future of our sport.

Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter said:
“We constantly need to promote awareness of the Angling Trust’s important work and to encourage more anglers to join up and support our campaigns for fish and fishing. We hope that Ian’s new coarse, sea and game membership adverts will encourage anglers of all disciplines to join together to protect our fish and fisheries for future generations. We are asking anyone who goes fishing, works at an angling publication or is involved in the angling trade to help us get these adverts out there by displaying them at their business or by reproducing them in their printed publications”.

Will Smith, Membership Manager at the Angling Trust explains how the adverts came about:
“Ian and I decided to meet at ‘The Big One’ fishing show in Farnborough. Ian brought along three concepts for our new membership campaign – as well as his son, Max aged 9. All three adverts were striking and featured powerful imagery and strong calls to action. But one featured a photograph of Max with a large sea fish, a wrasse, he’d caught on holiday. With the headline, ‘Protect the future of your fishing’ we knew the message would really resonate with anglers.

Because the Angling Trust is about uniting all branches of angling, we asked Ian if he could get shots of Max with coarse and game fish as well. Ian explained that he and Max were both very keen all round fishermen, so that wouldn’t be a problem. He also told us that Max suffered from epilepsy and that fishing was a fantastic way to build much needed confidence and self esteem.”

Ian Sutton, from Milestone Design said:
“Max and I love all kinds of fishing, so it wasn’t too tricky to come up with the range of photographs that the Angling Trust wanted for the campaign. In fact, the day we went carp fishing, Max caught one before I’d even got the camera out of the bag! I’m really pleased that by becoming the “face of the Angling Trust” Max will be doing his bit to encourage all anglers to join up and support their sport. For less than 50p a week it’s a bargain that no fisherman can ignore!”

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

1]Printed A3 posters are available by emailing admin@anglingtrust.net Please specify the versions that you would like to receive. When the posters arrive please display them at your local venue or tackle shop.

2] These adverts are available for download as print ready PDF artwork for publications with crops and bleed at the following three links. Please include these in your magazine or newsletter whenever you have space available:

  • Coarse Version for publications – HERE (7MB File)
  • Sea Version for publications – HERE (4.5MB File)
  • Game Version for publications – HERE (3MB File)

3] Posters are available for download as PDF files for home printing at the following three links. Please print these and display them at your local venue or tackle shop:

  • Coarse Version for home printing – HERE
  • Sea version for home printing – HERE
  • Game Version for home printing – HERE

4] Jpeg versions for use on your website and Facebook (not suitable for print) are available for download at the following three links. Please post these on your website, Twitter, Facebook and on web forums with a link to the news article on our website about these adverts HERE:

  • Coarse Version for websites/Facebook – HERE
  • Sea Version for websites/Facebook – HERE
  • Game Version for websites/Facebook – HERE

Media Contacts:
Martin Salter – martinreadingwest@googlemail.com
Will Smith – will.smith@anglingtrust.net
Download this press release as a Word Document – HERE

Milestone Design:
Ian Sutton – ian@milestonedesign.co.uk
www.milestonedesign.co.uk
01494 676436

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Illegal Selling Of Fish – Recreational Anglers Are Not The Problem

Recreational sea anglers don’t sell their catches

Recreational sea anglers have been inaccurately and unfairly targeted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in its campaign to highlight the illegal selling of catches (read their email press release below).

The selling of fish caught from an unlicensed or unregistered motorised vessel – irrespective of the method used – is illegal. Recreational anglers do not sell their catch for commercial gain but fish for sport or personal consumption.

However, anyone who catches fish from an un-motorised boat or from the shore, regardless of method used, is legally entitled to sell their catch for profit.

The Angling Trust, the national representative body for sea anglers in England, is astonished that the MMO chose to misrepresent the recreational sea angling sector in a press release issued on August 20th publicising its ‘Get Illegal Seafood Off The Menu’ campaign – especially at a time when Defra and government agencies are trying to build trust with the sea angling community.

The Angling Trust fully supports any efforts to clamp down on illegal and unreported commercial catches whether they come from licensed or unlicensed vessels.

However, a loophole in the Registration of Buyers and Sellers (RBS) Scheme 2005 allows the legal sale from a licensed vessel of up to 25kg per transaction to go unreported, providing the fish is for private consumption and not for resale.

The MMO has been unable to confirm the extent of these sales and the impact that this loophole might be having on fish stocks and the accuracy of the MMO’s landings data.

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Environmental Campaigns Manager, said.
“It defies belief that the MMO has labelled recreational angling as a source of illegal sales of fish. Recreational anglers by definition don’t sell their catches. If the MMO wants to address illegal sales of fish then enforcement should be focusing on all types of illegal commercial fishing. We suggest the MMO seeks the co-operation of the NFFO and other commercial fishing representatives in identifying illegal selling of fish and those responsible.

It’s not clear whether the focus of the MMO’s campaign is to protect fish stocks or to address potentially harmful seafood supply chains; either way, it appears to be using anecdotal information to inaccurately describe rod and line fish being sold by recreational anglers rather than illegal, unlicensed commercial fishers.

Had the MMO bothered to inform us of their intentions beforehand we would have been able to help bring these errors to their attention”.

The Angling Trust is recommending that the MMO:

  • Looks at the loophole in the RBS scheme which currently allows potentially very significant amounts of fish to be legally unreported.
  • Focuses on the illegal sale of fish from all sources of illegal fishing.
  • Provides evidence, rather than anecdotal allegations, of the illegal sale of rod and line caught fish.
  • Engages with the Angling Trust before launching campaigns that affect the recreational angling sector.
  • Become better informed about the laws before seeking to raise awareness of them amongst others.
  • Should urge commercial fishing representatives to ensure that all commercial fishing vessels are licensed and acting within the law.

The Angling Trust will be seeking evidence from the MMO on the extent and impact the illegal sale of rod and line caught fish is having on stocks. In the mean time we will defend the recreational sea angling sector from being misrepresented as illegal commercial fishing.

Anyone who wishes to contact the MMO to let them know that recreational sea anglers are not the cause of the problem should contact the MMO at info@marinemanagement.org.uk

Issues such as this demonstrate the importance of having a strong voice for angling. Please spread the word. Join at www.anglingtrust.net or call 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1)

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CONTACT:
Marine Management Organisation – info@marinemanagement.org.uk
Angling Trust – admin@anglingtrust.net

NOTES FOR EDITORS:
The European Anglers Alliance – of which the Angling Trust is a member – defines recreational angling thus: “Recreational angling is the activity of catching or attempting to catch fish, principally by rod and line, pole or hand-held line for non-commercial purposes; recreational anglers do not sell the fish they catch.”

Details of the loophole in the Registration Of Buyers And Sellers Scheme 2005 allowing the unrecorded sale of up to 25kg of fish per transaction can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1605/regulation/8/made

THE ORIGINAL EMAIL FROM THE MMO IS COPIED BELOW:
Marine Management Organisation
Monday 20 August

ILLEGAL SELLING OF CATCH HIGHLIGHTED
Sea anglers who sell their catch for profit to the catering industry are being highlighted in a new campaign.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is working with other bodies including the Food Standards Agency and the British Hospitality Association to provide guidance to the catering industry around illegal and potentially harmful seafood supply chains.

They are seeking to raise awareness of the laws around purchasing of fish and shellfish products and also the fact that unsafe shellfish harvested by gangs, protected juvenile lobsters and crabs and fish caught by anglers from unlicensed, unregistered fishing vessels may be being offered for sale direct to caterers.

Under the Registration of Buyers and Sellers (RBS) Scheme 2005, which is enforced in England by the MMO, it is a criminal offence to buy fish caught from a boat which is not licensed or registered for commercial fishing.

As part of the campaign the MMO is asking anyone with information about recreational anglers selling their catch for commercial gain to contact them.

Rod Henderson, Head of Coastal Operations for the MMO, said:
“We know the majority of the recreational sea angling community is honest and return the bulk of their catch alive, but we are aware of some who fish for profit not sport. Unreported fishing can affect the long-term viability of fish stocks and it is important we work to protect these important resources for future generations.

“We’ve received allegations of non-commercially registered sea anglers fishing for cod on boats off the Yorkshire coast and selling this to care homes. We have also had reports of people catching skate and selling this direct to restaurants and cafes on the South East coast. Bass is another species which is also reported to us as being offered for sale illegally, particularly on the South coast.

“If anyone suspects similar activity I’d urge them to let their local MMO or IFCA office know.”

More information on the campaign is available from www.bit.ly/rbs-campaign and anyone with information can call 0300 123 1032 or email info@marinemanagement.org.uk. Any information received will be treated in confidence.

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Angling Trust Media Release15th August 2012 Angling Trust, the voice of angling
The Angling Trust seek talented Feeder anglers for 2012 Feeder trialsThe Angling Trust and Preston Innovations England Feeder Team Manager, Tom Pickering is looking for talented anglers to compete in a Feeder trial on Saturday 22nd September 2012.The trial will take place at Larford Lakes & River Severn complex, Larford Lane,  Larford,  Near Stourport, Worcestershire. DY13 0SQ.

Anglers who wish to apply for the trial must be of open match standard, and MUST be able to cast 80 yards minimum with mono line and not braid.  The trial will be fished to FIPS international rules.

The trial will help to select anglers to fish alongside the team from 2012. The trial is to show the management the angler’s skills, and whether they have the temperament, drive and desire to join the squad for the future.

If anyone is interested in taking part in the trial please supply a CV to include; full name, address, email address, date of birth, home and mobile contact telephone numbers, and the last 3 years of feeder  fishing and any results and send to Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust, Strelley Hall, Strelley, Nottingham. NG8 6PE or email;sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net.

The closing date for all applications is by no later than 7th  September.

Please note in order to take part in the trials you must also be an individual member of the Angling Trust.

Anyone successful to be invited for a trial will be contacted by email with further details.
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For competition press enquiries please call Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301 or email; sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday 14th August 2012 Angling Trust, the voice of angling
Second National Angling Survey Launched After Overwhelming Response from AnglersWith nearly 30,000 anglers completing the National Angling Survey in less than a month, the Angling Trust and Environment Agency have launched the second phase of the research, this time targeting organisations.  Anyone who is involved in angling participation projects, angling clubs, fisheries, tackle shops and trade or who has worked with angling for wider social benefits is encouraged to take part.The Angling Organisation Survey asks detailed questions of those running angling projects and will take about 20 minutes to complete.  It aims to find out what techniques have been most successful in getting more people fishing more often, and where more support is needed for the growing number of organisations involved in angling participation and social projects.  The survey remains open until the end of August and is hosted on the Angling Trust web site at www.anglingtrust.net/anglingorganisationsurveyAngling Projects, Get Hooked on Fishing, Dreamstore, Fishing for Heroes, Fishing for Forces, Casting for Recovery and Fishing For Schools are all examples of highly successful programmes that are boosting angler numbers and also boosting health, wellbeing and community cohesion through angling.  The number of people working in this sector at a local level has exploded in recent years; now there are hundreds of people working locally and nationally to increase angling participation and to use angling to improve people’s lives.

Along with the National Angling Survey, this research with angling organisations will help inform a National Angling Participation Plan (NAPP) for England and Wales, which is being co-ordinated by the Angling Trust, as the National Governing Body for angling in England.  The Plan aims to encourage greater partnership working between many organisations taking part, and to create pathways for new anglers to follow so that when they leave one project they are able to take the next steps to taking up angling for life.  The NAPP will also create an impressive overall picture of all the pieces in the angling jigsaw to potential funders.

More than 40 professionals from the angling world, including large national organisations such as the National Trust, the Canal and Rivers Trust and The Rivers Trust met up in Birmingham with staff and volunteers from bodies such as the Albrighton Trust, the Masonic Fishing Charity, the Wheelyboat Trust and the Community Angling Regeneration Project (CARP) at an event organised by the Angling Trust recently.  At a very positive and constructive meeting, these experts provided important input to the development of the NAPP, which will be completed in the autumn.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “We are delighted with the response to the individuals survey and also from the many people who gave up their time to support the event.  There is so much fantastic work going on around the country to improve and increase angling, but far too often the hard work of volunteers and staff is not reported outside angling and so it doesn’t get the support it deserves.  We want to shout about angling’s achievements from the rooftops, and this Plan will help us do that.”

Richard Wightman, Angling Manager at the Environment Agency said: “Holding such a positive, collaborative meeting as the one we had recently would have been unthinkable a decade ago.  We might have got forty people in a room but there wasn’t the agreement or capacity to deliver ambitious programmes afterwards. Angling has achieved a huge amount in recent years through the dedication and co-operation of a wide range of organisations.  The NAPP aims to continue that process and to develop a clear strategy for the future of angling for the next generation.  We are very pleased to be able to support its development and look forward to seeing the final report in the autumn.”

Notes to Editors
1. The Survey is available here: www.anglingtrust.net/nationalorganisationsurvey 
2. The survey is being carried out by the research co-operative Substance.  Substance carried out a three year study into the Social and Community Benefits of Angling to communities which concluded in 2012, supported by the Big Lottery Fund (seewww.resources.anglingresearch.org.uk ).
3. Individual responses to the survey will be completely confidential and participants can opt out of being contacted in future by the Angling Trust and/or Substance.
4. Angling is one of the nation’s favourite pastimes and several million people go fishing each year.  It generates £3.5 billion for the economy and employs more than 37,000 people.  Angling is also very beneficial to health and well-being and as a diversion from anti-social behaviour.  Tens of thousands of anglers volunteer to help look after waterside environments, most pollution incidents are reported by anglers and freshwater anglers contribute £26 million a year in rod licence fees.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseMonday 30 July 2012 Angling Trust, the voice of angling

 

It’s time to let MPs hear anglers’ anger over cormorant damage
Get behind the Angling Trust’s Action on Cormorants campaign
The Angling Trust has today launched the Action on Cormorants campaign which urges anglers to write to their MPs supporting the call to put cormorants and goosanders on the general licence on an annual, reviewable basis. This would give them the same status as rooks, crows, jays and magpies whose numbers can be controlled without resort to specific licence. Currently angling clubs and fishery managers have to use a bureaucratic, cumbersome and ineffective licensing system which has completely failed to protect stocks of vulnerable silver fish and salmon smolts in most parts of the country. Cormorant predation also has had a significant impact on endangered species such as the European eel.
The campaign is supported by ten fisheries, angling and wildlife organisations including the Salmon and Trout Association, the Angling Trades Association, The Rivers Trust and angling celebrities such as TV host Chris Tarrant and singer Feargal Sharkey. Other partners include the award winning Avon Roach Project which features in a specially made campaign video by wildlife film maker Hugh Miles.  There is a dedicated webpage at http://emarketing.blue-leaf.co.uk/t/r-l-hkawd-yhlkligkk-j/, an online message facility and 80,000 postcards to be distributed to anglers via fisheries and tackle shops.
Anglers will be asked to contribute to a ‘house of horrors’ picture gallery to get across to MPs and the public the horrific damage these birds can do. Action on Cormorants also urges MPs to follow the lead of members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling and become parliamentary supporters of the campaign to protect our fish.
In 2010 the Angling Trust won the agreement of Fisheries minister Richard Benyon to review the current ineffective licensing regime for controlling cormorant damage to our fisheries. The Defra Review Group is due to report shortly and the minister is expected to make an announcement in the winter.
Action on Cormorants is supported by the Angling Trust, Salmon and Trout Association, Angling Trades Association, The Rivers Trust, Avon Roach Project, Atlantic Salmon Trust, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Predator Action Group, Wild Trout Trust.
Some of the top names in angling have pledged to support the campaign which was officially launched on the banks of the river Severn, a river once famous for its catches of roach and dace.
Local businesses in the Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury areas have been badly affected by the reduction in silver fish stocks and the cancellation of the regular fishing competitions which drew visiting anglers from all over the country.
Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter said:
“We need every MP’s office to be flooded with postcards and emails demanding that we have the right to protect our fish from the ravages of cormorants and goosanders. We know that our opponents on this issue are preparing a challenge and will seek to claim that a fourteen fold increase in cormorant numbers isn’t a problem when we all know that it is. Fortunately our campaign has the support of RSPB members who also love to fish and we have the fish stock surveys and match catch data to prove without doubt that the predator prey balance is out of kilter and needs to be addressed.”
Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said:
“This is an opportunity for thousands of anglers to stand up and be counted.  It will only take a few minutes to support our campaign to let MPs know that we care passionately about protecting our fish stocks and that we want action on cormorants and goosanders now.  We want a new system that will give fishery managers the opportunity to control these birds responsibly without expensive and unnecessary bureaucracy.  Please contact your MP now and, if you can, make a donation to our Action on Cormorants Fighting Fund or join the Angling Trust to help us campaign more loudly on cormorants and other important issues affecting angling and fish stocks.”
Paul Knight, CEO of the Salmon & Trout Association, said:
“Fish deserve as much protection as their predators.  We have to manage on an ecosystem basis, with healthy wild fish populations in balance with their predators.  We can no longer give greater conservation status to any one species just because it has more popular appeal, and so fishery managers need a flexible and rapid licensing system which enables them to protect threatened fish stocks at particular times, such as during the annual downstream migration of young salmon and sea trout.”
Award winning film maker and RSPB member and former employee Hugh Miles said:
“ The cormorant is a silver fish killer unparalleled in nature whose numbers have increased to such an extent that the middle reaches of many rivers, including my local Hampshire Avon, are now all but devoid of once common and sought after species such as roach. Well balanced ecosystems need a healthy balance between predator and prey and we need action now to restore that vital balance and give our fish a chance.”
George Hollingbery MP,  Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling said:
“I have witnessed first hand the damage that squadrons of cormorants have done to my local waters, where, in some cases fish stocks have been so badly depleted that they are no longer functioning fisheries. Angling delivers both environmental and economic benefit to communities the length and breadth of the UK. It is only right and proper that we allow fishing clubs and fishery managers the right to protect our fish from unsustainable predation.”
Des Taylor, angling columnist and long standing RSPB member said:
“One of my great loves in angling is seeing and enjoying the birdlife whilst I sit there on the bank. But when an unsustainable imbalance occurs, as has happened with the huge increase in the number of cormorants and goosanders on our waters, something has to be done to protect vulnerable fish species.  We simply cannot sit there and watch our fish stocks go down to unacceptable levels.  I back the Angling Trust’s stance on the cormorant problem in this country one hundred per cent and urge everyone to get behind them now. “
Former match legend and all round angler, Jan Porter of Shimano said:
“It’s vital that as anglers we all wise up on how much impact these invasive birds are having on our fish stocks. Getting behind the campaign en masse is crucial to ensuring that everything possible is done to reduce a threat which is proliferating out of control. The price of a fishing licence these days – when many other water users pay nothing – should include much more support  to help & protect many coarse and game fisheries and fish from being wiped out.”
Angling Times columnist and river ace, Dave Harrell said:
“We need every single angler to get behind this campaign as it is one of the most important things they will ever do. We all know how much damage these birds have caused and it is imperative that the law is changed as soon as possible.  Without change, we will continue to see fish stocks damaged and greatly reduced  but with anglers support, I am sure we can achieve our objective. However, without that support, the future of many fisheries in this country will remain seriously threatened.”
ENDS
Photo caption:
1. Photograph of the campaign launch with the giant Action on Cormorants postcard on the banks of the River Severn at Bewdley with Mark Owen (Angling Trust Freshwater Campaign Manager), Dave Harrell, Jan Porter, Martin Salter and Des Taylor.
Available from admin@anglingtrust.net:
2. PDF of the Action on Cormorants postcard and message to MPs
Cormorants – Key Facts

• Biodiversity of our rivers and many still waters are at serious risk from excessive predation from cormorants• Numbers have exploded in the last two decades to unsustainable levels

• Rivers and waterways are failing under the Water Framework Directive and of those failing over 50% do so due to poor fish stocks

• Waters that have been heavily impacted by cormorants take years to recover under the present system – sometimes failing all together

• Populations of indigenous species like roach on the Hampshire Avon are under serious threat of extinction

• Modification of our rivers by man has resulted in salmon and sea trout being increasingly vulnerable to cormorants and goosanders as they try to migrate to sea through weirs and hydropower plants

• Direct threat to designated endangered fish species protected under European legislation

• Over wintering cormorants estimated at 23,000. Each individual eats at least one pound of fish EVERY DAY (2,760,000lb of fish each winter)

• Numbers increased by non-native immigrants (European sub-species Carbo Sinensis) from mainland Europe

• The present licensing system is woefully inadequate and does not give us the capabilities to protect our fish properly.

• The Eel Management Plans submitted and accepted by the European Commission estimate that between 29 & 43 tons of endangered eel is eaten by cormorants every year in England and Wales.
• The government’s Moran Committee acknowledged the damage that cormorants can do to inland fisheries
List of Birds already on the General licence
Crow Corvus corone
Dove, Collared Streptopelia decaocto
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Larus fuscus
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Pica pica
Pigeon, Feral Columba livia
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
Goose, Canada Branta canadensis
Parakeet, Monk Myiopsitta monachus
Parakeet, Ring-necked Psittacula krameri
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Bass Minimum Landing Size
Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society & The Angling Trust
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Let Our Bass Breed

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Last week representatives from the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society joined MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group in an Angling Trust organised delegation to Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon to press the case for sustainable size limits for bass in order to allow the fish to breed at least once and for stocks to replenish.

UK bass stocks at many locations are showing an alarming decline with recent poor recruitment years and over fishing of juvenile fish which are harvested well before they have had an opportunity to breed.

The previous government failed to deliver on a commitment to introduce a sustainable bass management plan including raising the allowable minimum landing size for all forms of bass fishing from the current 36cms to a point above the minimum spawning size of 42cms. This is in marked contrast to neighbouring jurisdictions such as Isle of Man, Southern Ireland, Northern Ireland and France who have either already adopted or are actively considering increased minimum landing sizes.

The Angling Trust delegation included National Campaign Coordinator Martin Salter, Ian Misslebrook and Nigel Horsman from the Bass Anglers Sportsfishing Society and John Quinlan, Chairman of the Irish Bass Protection Group. They were accompanied by Charles Walker MP and George Hollingbery MP, chairman and vice-chairman of the APPG on Angling. The group presented Mr Benyon with their paper ‘Bass Stock Management and the minimum landing size’.

The paper argues for a new minimum landing size of 48cms to allow for the maximum number of fish to successfully breed before running the risk of harvesting. At this size a corresponding increase in net mesh sizes would reduce discard levels.

In support of the need for urgent action from the government the group produced the latest official Solent Bass Survey figures which shows worryingly low recruitment indices (survival of young bass) for 2008 & 2009 and with the last significant recruitment occurring as far back as 1997, the few remaining survivors of this year class are now over 10lb and at the peak of their breeding capacity – but there are few spawning years which have produced fish of this quality to ensure a healthy stock into the future.

Mr Benyon was told of the collapse in Irish bass stocks in the late 1980′s and how the introduction of a statutory close season, a two fish bag limit and a minimum landing size has allowed stocks to recover to the point where the recreational bass fishery is now worth over €18 million to the Irish economy.

Recreational Bass Angling
Government estimates put the number of sea anglers in Britain at least 771,750 with corresponding annual expenditure ranging from £679m to £1billion.

Defra’s report – Charting Progress 2 states:
The most popular sea angling species to target is bass, with nearly half of all sea anglers choosing this as their main target species. The value of the bass sport fishery in 2004 is estimated to be in excess of £100m p.a., despite severely depleted stocks of larger bass“.
This indicates the number of “bass anglers”is in excess of 300,000.

The Bass anglers Sportsfishing Society has a policy aimed at ‘Achieving More and Bigger Bass’ for both recreational and commercial fishing interests.

Nigel Horsman from BASS commented:
Whilst the economic case for making this change is clear and undeniable, it is more important that we do this for the bass themselves.

Harvesting fish before they have had a chance to breed would normally be considered at least unwise, but with bass stocks severely depleted due to overfishing and poor recruitment over many years, made much worse by recent cold winters killing off baby bass in their inshore nursery areas, carrying on doing that via the current MLS is utter madness.

We must raise the MLS so the fish have at least one chance to breed before it is too late.”

Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:
Preventing the exploitation of bass until they have had at least one chance to spawn and replace themselves in the stocks not only passes the common sense test, but also meets with good sustainable fishery management practice.

The Angling Trust supports increasing the minimum landing size to 48cm in order to start to increase stock numbers and average sizes, which have fallen alarmingly in recent years.”

George Hollingbery MP and Vice Chairman of the APPG on Angling added:
A move to a 48cm minimum landing size for bass makes all the sense in the world. We cannot hope to continue exploiting the population in a way that removes fish from the system before they have had a chance to breed.

It has taken Ireland 20 years to begin to recover from disastrous over-exploitation. We have the chance to do something before we reach that stage and for the sake of commercial fishermen, recreational anglers and the economies of some of the most marginal areas of the country, we have to do it now.”

ENDS

More info
Martin Salter tel: 07976946033
Nigel Horsman tel: 07749847394

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http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=222&sectionTitle=Angling+Trust+Job+Vacancies

Chairman

Angling Trust
Voluntary role. Travel expenses payable.

The Angling Trust is seeking a new Chairman to lead the board of the organisation and to oversee its continued development and rapid expansion as the National Governing Body and unified representative organisation for coarse, game and sea angling in England.

The Trust and its sister organisation Fish Legal currently turn over about £2 million each year, but opportunities exist for it to expand by an order of magnitude in the next five years.

Applicants will need a keen commercial eye, good consensus-building skills, be well networked and comfortable operating at all levels including with business and political leaders.  They should have experience at Board and Chair or equivalent level in either a substantial commercial or voluntary sector organisation and be familiar with UK environmental regulation and related governmental organisations.

The immediate priorities for the role are:

  • continuing the success and momentum built following the Trust’s launch in 2009;
  • development of the Board and executive leadership team and governance systems;
  • providing strategic guidance for the development of business strategies to maximise the resources available to the Trust and its delivery capability.

A job description can be downloaded below.

The appointment is expected to be from Autumn 2012 and recruitment will be conducted through the summer.  All applicants should complete an application form and send it, along with a current CV, to mike.heylin@anglingtrust.net

Deadline for applications: Monday 2 July.

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Angling Trust NewsThursday 12th April 2012
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Angling Trust Tackles Coastal Litter With ‘Just Take 5′ Campaign
Photograph: David Mitchell and Phil Hyde launch 'Just Take 5'
 

David Mitchell and Phil Hyde launch ‘Just Take 5′
Help stop litter spoiling our beaches and coastline – that’s the message the Angling Trust is sending out to sea anglers with the national launch of its Just Take 5 campaign.As well as ensuring they don’t leave any litter anglers are being encouraged either to spend just five minutes after fishing collecting any litter they come across or to pick up five pieces of litter.

Henry Gilbey, one of the Angling Trust’s ambassadors, said, “Anglers are the best people out there to help make our already fantastic coastline an even better place, and I wholeheartedly support the Angling Trust’s Just Take 5 campaign. Please, please look around you and spend a few extra minutes picking up litter, and of course it goes without saying that we as anglers must set the best example possible and never leave litter behind.”

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Environmental Campaigns Manager said, “Litter is an eyesore, it’s bad for the environment and it can be dangerous for both wildlife and people.

Most responsible sea anglers already take their own litter home, this is about going further and encouraging them, as custodians of our beaches and shorelines, to help remove non-angling related litter as well in order to help maintain the beauty and health of our coast.

The key to the Just Take 5 message is in its simplicity – anyone and everyone can do it each time they go fishing. If every sea angler in the country did this just think of how many millions of items of litter would be removed from our coastline every year.”

The idea was originally created in 2008 by anglers from the Angling Trust’s Wyvern Marine region. Phil Hyde, from the Trust’s Wyvern region, said, “The idea started after I was fishing at one of my favourite venues near Torquay in Devon. I was horrified by the amount of general litter that there was lying around. I knew sea angers could help improve the environment by each doing their little bit and the original Take Five initiative was born.”

The campaign is being supported by the Marine Conservation Society. The Angling Trust will be promoting Just Take 5 by providing angling clubs, tackle shops and other organisations with Just Take 5 posters over the coming months.

To download a .pdf of the Just Take 5 poster click HERE.

To join the Angling Trust and support the Just Take 5 initiative and other campaigns click HERE.

–ENDS–

Picture: David Mitchell and Phil Hyde launch ‘Just Take 5. A high-resolution version of the image above is available HERE (2.5MB).

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Regards, Leon

On 20 March 2012 15:47, Leon Roskilly <leonrosk@gmail.com> wrote:
Apologies to those of you who will have recieved this already.

Angling Trust NewsTuesday 20th March 2012 Angling Trust Logo
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Angling’s ‘royalty’ sign up to be Angling Trust Ambassadors
Photograph: Angling's 'royalty' sign up to be Angling Trust Ambassadors
 
Angling’s ‘royalty’ sign up to be Angling Trust Ambassadors
View all the Ambassadors on the Angling Trust website HERE
40 high profile and respected anglers from all disciplines of angling have volunteered to support the Angling Trust by becoming Angling Trust Ambassadors and encouraging every angler in the country to become a member of the Trust. They have given their backing to support the single representative body for all anglers and will be helping support its campaigns to protect fish and fishing.The Ambassadors include angling TV stars Matt Hayes, Mick Brown, John Bailey and Jeremy Wade as well as top carper Terry Hearn, actor Paul Whitehouse, singer Fergal Sharkey and gold-medal winning athlete Dean Macey.England anglers Bob Nudd MBE, Chris Clark, Sandra Scotthorne, and Wendy Lythgoe-Clark have lent their support, along with angling authors including Charles Jardine, Jon Beer, Luke Jennings, Charles Rangeley-Wilson and Chris Yates. Sea anglers including Leon Roskilly, Malcolm Gilbert, Henry Gilbey and Jim Whippy have united with specialist anglers Neville Fickling and Jan Porter to support the work of the Trust.Their new roles were announced last week at three launch events on the last day of the coarse fishing river season.Des Taylor and Dave Harrell joined the Trust’s National Campaigns Co-ordinator Martin Salter at the iconic coarse fishing haven of Bewdley on the River Severn. Jim Whippy, Leon Roskilly and Chris Clark met up to fish at Pevensey Bay on the South Coast while Angling Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd joined game angler Charles Jardine on the River Wye near Builth Wells.Mark Lloydsaid: “We have been overwhelmed and extremely grateful with the strength of support from so many big names from the world of angling and beyond. The Angling Trust is honoured to have HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as our Patron, but to have the equivalent of angling’s royalty sign up to support us is very humbling. A massive thank you must go to all the Ambassadors for offering to help us campaign to promote angling and protect it from threats such as pollution, abstraction, predation, hydropower, poaching and commercial overfishing.”Martin Salter, the new National Campaigns Co-ordinator for the Angling Trust said: “It is now time that all anglers who care about the future of their sport got behind the Angling Trust so that we can have the mandate and the resources we need to persuade politicians and others in power to take action to protect and improve our fish stocks and fishing. As a former MP, I know that numbers matter to politicians. The Angling Trust needs far more individual members if it is going to compete with organisations like the RSPB for the attention of Ministers. The support of this veritable army of ambassadors is all the evidence anyone should need that the Angling Trust is the only show in town and is going places.”Jeremy Wade, Author and TV presenter (River Monsters) said: “I’m supporting the Angling Trust because it’s only interest groups that can put forward a united and coherent message who stand any chance of making any impact.”Matt Hayes, Angling Writer and Broadcaster said: “The reasons I’ve joined the Angling Trust are simple and straightforward, it represents me as a fisherman, whether I am a game fisherman, a coarse fisherman or a sea fisherman. We are all anglers and the Angling Trust is driving our sport forward and if you don’t join you’re not a fisherman!”Top carp angler Terry Hearnsaid: “It’s time that all carp anglers join the Angling Trust to protect their fish and fishing from fish theft, fish disease, the taking of fish for the table, predation and angling bans. Get behind the Trust now. I’m a member and you should be too!”John Bailey, Angling Writer and Photographer said: “The successes achieved by the Angling Trust are only possible because of the thousands of anglers who pay their subscriptions to support its vital campaigning and legal work. I was privileged to be the Vice President of the Angling Trust’s legal arm when it was known as the ACA and I’m going to be a supporter of the Angling Trust for a very long time to come.”Brian Clarke, Times Fishing correspondent, and Former President, the Wild Trout Trust said: “The Angling Trust is the most important development in angling in my lifetime. For the first time it has given the sport the single, coherent voice it so long lacked. The trust speaks for us all in the face of ever-mounting pressures: environmental pressures (pollution, abstraction), social pressures (increasing detachment from the countryside, a consequent shifting of public attitudes to field sports of all kinds, reduced recruitment) – and the direct attacks of those who would see angling banned. To any angler who is not a trust member I would say join now, join today: protect the heritage that you have enjoyed – and keep it safe for your children.”Expert fly fisherman and illustrator Charles Jardine, said: “If you are committed to angling; then you should be committed to this organisation. The Angling Trust exists for us: now, in the future and children’s future. Just support them, please.”

Charles Rangeley-Wilson, President The Wild Trout Trust, Trustee The Norfolk Rivers Trust and Patron The Wandle Piscators said: “The environmental, economic and social pressures on our rivers and lakes come from all sides and will not go away anytime soon. Anglers are the custodians of this national heritage and we need to speak with one voice to be heard and to be influential.”

Paul Whitehouse, Comic Actor and Writer said; “As long as individual voices can be heard within an organisation, it helps to have a single focus and point of contact for our concerns. The Angling Trust deserves the support of all anglers.”

Andrew Herd, Executive editor of Waterlog magazine said: “Angling has a rich past and a promising future – but only if fishermen unite behind the Angling Trust.”

Chris Clark, International Match Angler said: “Being fragmented will only multiply the numerous problems for all anglers but having a strong unified body speaking with one voice will send out a clear message to those in power, it’s the only way forward to protect the sport we love. Continuously complaining and moaning from the outside without any real goal will achieve nothing, it has a negative impact.”

Henry Gilbey, TV presenter, Angling Photographer and Journalist said: “Ask any sea angler what they would like to see in the future and I bet you that 99% of the time the answer is a collective more and bigger fish to catch. That is exactly what I want to see myself, and I firmly believe that now is the time to align ourselves behind the Angling Trust and give them the chance to make this a reality. I worry hugely about the future of UK saltwater fishing, so the least we can do is to give the UK’s one professional organisation the best possible go at protecting our sport.”

Jim Whippy, Sea Angling Writer and Boat Fishing Guide said: “It’s already shown that the strength in unity has given the Angling Trust the ear of various department of the government. One voice speaking for all anglers has got to be the only way we will be heard and taken notice of.”

Malcolm Gilbert, President The Wild Trout Trust, Trustee The Norfolk Rivers Trust and Patron The Wandle Piscators said: “The environmental, economic and social pressures on our rivers and lakes come from all sides and will not go away anytime soon. Anglers are the custodians of this national heritage and we need to speak with one voice to be heard and to be influential.”

Des Taylor, said: “Waters like my river, the Severn, need to be looked after for the future of angling and I see that protection coming from the Angling Trust. I am honoured to be asked to be an Ambassador for the Trust.”

Dave Harrell, said; “Fishing has been a massive part of my life since I was five years old and the thought of not being able to fish my favourite rivers in the future is something I don’t even want to consider. I know many other anglers all over the country feel the same way and by supporting the Angling Trust we can ensure that we have the very best support in terms of fighting pollution issues, predation and poaching. I’d urge everyone to join so that we can continue to enjoy the places that we all love going to.”

The full list of the first 40 Angling Trust Ambassadors:
Alan Scotthorne, Andy Little, Andrew Herd, Bob Nudd MBE , Brian Clarke, Charles Jardine, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Chris Clark, Chris Yates, David Hall, Dave Harrell, Des Taylor, Dean Macey, Feargal Sharkey, Graham Mole, Henry Gilbey, Hugh Miles, Jan Porter, Jeremy Wade, Jim Baxter, Jim Whippy, John Bailey, Jon Beer, Keith Arthur, Keith Elliott, Leon Roskilly, Luke Jennings, Malcolm Gilbert, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Martin James, Mick Brown, Neville Fickling, Oliver Edwards, Paul Whitehouse, Roy Marlow, Sandra Scotthorne, Steve Collett, Steve Ringer, Terry Hearn, Wendy Lythgoe-Clark, Will Raison.

–ENDS–

Notes to Editors
1. Link to Angling Trust Ambassadors web page:
http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=787%A7ionTitle=Angling+Trust+Ambassadors

2. High resolution photographs are available from will.smith@anglingtrust.net of the following ambassadors:
Alan Scotthorne – Andy Little – Andrew Herd – Bob Nudd MBE – Charles Jardine – Chris Clark – David Hall – Dave Harrell – Terry Hearn – Des Taylor – Dean Macey – Graham Mole – Henry Gilbey – Hugh Miles – Jeremy Wade – Jim Whippy – John Bailey – Keith Arthur – Keith Elliott – Leon Roskilly – Luke Jennings – Malcolm Gilbert – Martin James – Neville Fickling – Paul Whitehouse – Roy Marlow – Steve Collett – Steve Ringer – Will Raison

3. Photos for download:
-launch photo with Des Taylor, Dave Harrell and Martin Salter at Bewdley Bridge on the River Severn – HERE
-launch photo with Jim Whippy and Chris Clark meeting up to fish at Pevensey Bay on the South Coast – HERE
-launch photo with Mark Lloyd and Charles Jardine on the River Wye near Builth Wells – HERE
-Jeremy Wade – HERE
-Matt Hayes – HERE
-John Bailey – HERE
-Terry Hearn – HERE
-Malcolm Gilbert – HERE
-Jim Whippy – HERE
-Charles Rangeley Wilson – HERE

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Angling Trust NewsFriday 9th March 2012 Angling Trust Logo
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Angling Trust Tells MPs to Get Tough on Poachers
Photograph: Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, with Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter. A high resolution version of this image is available from the link below.
 

Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, with Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter
Once again the Angling Trust took anglers’ concerns to the heart of parliament when the Environmental Audit Select Committee invited Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter, along with the RSPCA, RSPB and the National Gamekeepers’ Association, to give evidence in the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 7) to its inquiry into Wildlife Crime.The Angling Trust duo described to the committee of MPs the problems associated with poaching, illegal commercial fishing and invasive non-native species on rivers, lakes and around the coast. They told MPs that the current system of fines and penalties simply didn’t act as a strong enough deterrent and that it was time to get tough on poachers and fish thieves.

Martin Salter explained how frustrating it is for anglers to see ‘pathetically weak fines’ handed out for fish thefts or for deliberate commercial over-fishing.

Martin told the committee:
Last month’s prosecution in Scotland of 17 skippers found guilty of illegal catches worth over £62 million puts the Brinks Mat robbery into the shade yet those convicted got off with pathetically weak fines of no more than £80,000 each – representing just a fraction of the illegal profits made from robbing a public resource and damaging an important fishery. The same goes for those caught with illegal set lines and nets on freshwater fisheries who really do need to feel the full force of the law if we are to curb what is in some areas a growing menace. Currently it is fair to say that all too often wildlife crime pays in Britain.

Mark and Martin highlighted a lack of resources and co-ordination of enforcement activity between agencies and reported that in many regions the Environment Agency (EA) specialist bailiffs were being replaced with generalist enforcement officers without the detailed local knowledge of their predecessors or an active presence at the water’s edge. They also drew attention to the ground-breaking Building Bridges project aimed at increasing awareness amongst migrant anglers of the rules and customs governing fishing in the UK. This project is a partnership between the Trust and the EA.

Mark Lloyd also gave evidence on the impact of invasive species on native wildlife and noted that these alien invaders cost the UK economy about £1.7 billion every year. These species also impact severely on angling, which has 3.5 million participants, generates more than £3 billion for the economy and employs more than 37,000 people. American signal crayfish have caused untold damage to wild fisheries by eating fish eggs and invertebrates on which fish feed and have made angling impossible in some areas. He suggested that there was some evidence to indicate that they were being spread deliberately for commercial gain.

In response to cross-questioning from the Committee, the Angling Trust pair proposed a range of practical solutions including:

  • Increasing fines and introducing prison sentences for organised criminal poaching, fish theft, illegal commercial fishing and the wilful introduction of invasive species
  • Extending pilot volunteer bailiff schemes run by the Angling Trust to complement paid staff
  • Retaining and recruiting specialist fisheries bailiffs, paid for by rod licence income
  • Investing in a national biosecurity strategy and developing contingency plans
  • Raising awareness with border agencies and ports about the risks
  • Banning the sale of invasive non native plants in garden centres and the import of invasive fish such as topmouth gudgeon for the aquarium trade
  • Taking a lead on developing a European Directive on Non Native Species

Mark Lloyd said:
We welcome this opportunity to let MPs know about the importance of wildlife crime as an issue to the nation’s anglers and to the large angling industry which is an important employer, particularly in rural and coastal areas. The Committee never received evidence from anglers in the past before the unification of angling into the Angling Trust. We receive reports of damage from poaching and invasive species every week from our members and we are determined to do all we can to encourage Government and the judiciary to understand the scale of these problems and to introduce tougher fines for people who deliberately flout the law.

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Come and meet the Angling Trust at “The Big One” 2012
Meet The Angling Trust at The Big One
The Angling Trust will be out in force at the UK’s biggest tackle show over the weekend of 10th – 11th March at ‘The Big One’ at Farnborough Airport with a fully staffed stall packed with activities on both days – see list below.Angling Trust staff and volunteers will also be collecting signatures for the Avon Roach project’s petition to make it easier for angling clubs and fishery managers to protect threatened fish stocks.Celebrities on the stall include England Team Manager Dick Clegg, Sky TV’s Keith Arthur and World Champion Will Raison. On Saturday newly appointed Angling Trust Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter will be on the stall in between his engagements in the Lecture Theatre.Come and check out the Angling Trust stall at stand number 126 for the following events and much more…

SATURDAY 10th March:

  • Meet Trevor Harrop and Budgie Price from The Avon Roach Project – meet the hard working cormorant campaigners and sign the petition
  • Talk to Martin Salter – Former fishing MP and now the Angling Trust’s new National Campaign’s Coordinator – tell us what you want us to campaign for in 2012 or see him with Keith Arthur at 11.00am or 4.00pm in Lecture Theatre Two
  • Meet Dick Clegg – Angling Legend and International Team Events Manager and members of The England Team. Support their raffle to raise funds for YOUR team
  • Chat to Keith Arthur – from Sky TV’s Tightlines and the Angling Times
  • Join the Angling Trust – special offer for new members who sign-up on the day

SUNDAY 11th March:

  • Meet Will Raison England Team International Champion – He will be answering your match angling questions and giving tips from 12 midday
  • Meet Rado Papiewski from the Angling Trust’s groundbreaking Building Bridges project – give us your feedback about tackling illegal fishing by Eastern European anglers
  • Meet Dick Clegg – Angling Legend and International Team Events Manager and members of The England Team. Support the raffle to raise funds for YOUR team
  • Chat to Keith Arthur – from Sky TV’s Tightlines and the Angling Times
  • Join the Angling Trust – special offer for new members who sign-up on the day

As well as checking out the great tackle deals on offer visitors to ‘The Big One’ will be able to meet a huge array of angling heroes including Bob Nudd, Team Korda, Andy Kinder, John Wilson, Matt Hayes, Bill and Virginia Rushmer, Mick Brown, Ian “Chilly Chilcott”, Steve Ringer, Darren Cox, Ian Russell, Dennis White, Rob Maylin, Tommy Pickering, Des Shipp and Mitch Smith.

The show’s organiser’s, Vince Davies and Colin Rumney are putting on the huge event in an amazing fully carpeted 12,000 square metre of space featuring top class fishing gear, theatre seminars and celebrity hot tips. Come and grab a bargain!

Martin Salter says:
From the numbers coming to this year’s Big One it’s hard to believe we are in the middle of a recession. The Angling Trust is hugely grateful to both Vince and Colin for giving us the opportunity to promote our work on behalf of anglers at the UK’s premier tackle show. We want everyone to have a great time and pick up plenty of bargains but we also want to hear from anglers about the issues that matter to them. The Angling Trust is YOUR voice in the corridors of power, so come and tell us what YOU think we should be fighting for.

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Angling Trust NewsTuesday 21st February 2012 Angling Trust Logo
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Sea Angling 2012 Project Update
New Flier LaunchedThe government-sponsored Sea Angling 2012 project – collecting catch, economic and social data about sea angling in England – is underway! Here are the latest developments keeping you informed about what’s going on and giving you the opportunity to get involved.Shore And Private Boat Surveys
The shore and private boat surveys started at the end of January. Next time you are out fishing you may come across IFCA officers or independent contractors who will be asking you for information about your fishing session including where you’ve been fishing, what type of fishing you’ve been doing and what you’ve caught. The survey shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete if you choose to answer it.Cefas Project Manager, Mike Armstrong, said, “I am very pleased at the positive response we have had from many anglers already interviewed whilst fishing around the English coast. I am confident that the surveys will provide the best information yet collected to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of sea angling in England, and will help us to develop a better scientific understanding of the fish stocks around our coasts.”Economic and Social Benefits Survey
The online survey has now been launched and can be accessed HERE. Your response will help assess the economic value and social benefits of angling as well as providing invaluable information about the importance of sea angling to the nation. The results will provide an up to date economic value of recreational sea angling in England, building on the results of the Drew Associates report carried out in 2004.The research is being undertaken by Substance in partnership with the Universities of Cardiff and Newcastle. Substance has considerable experience in research into angling and recently launched Fishing for Answers, the Final Report of their three year Big Lottery-funded project into the social and community Benefits of Angling. The final report for that study can be accessed HERE.The economic and social research into sea angling will also involve face-to-face questionnaires with sea anglers in five case study sites in different regions, along with business surveys in those areas, so we know more about the local impact of sea angling on coastal communities. The study runs for all of 2012 and will report in spring 2013.Household Survey
January also saw the start of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) household surveys with face to face interviews being carried out at addresses selected at random from postcodes throughout England Scotland and Wales. The ONS survey will run over the next twelve months and collect data from approximately 25,000 households. Initial results from the trail run indicated that the total number of sea anglers in Great Britain is similar to previous estimates given in studies including the Drew Associates report from 2004.New Flier Launched
A new flier promoting the project has been produced (see above) and copies will be being distributed across the country in order to encourage sea anglers to get involved. An electronic version of the flier is available to download from the project’s website HEREwhere you’ll find access to all other details about the project including minutes from the steering group meetings and other information that you might find useful.Understanding How The Surveys Work
Some of the methods for carrying out recreational surveys can be complex and difficult to understand. That’s why the Sea Angling 2012 team have produced a guide to how surveys work. This can be found on the website HERE.That’s all for now. Remember to look out for more news and updates from the Angling Trust.
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Minister to Launch New Report
Highlighting Angling’s Social Benefits
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Substance and the Angling Trust
Minister to Launch New Report Highlighting Angling’s Social Benefits
Tuesday January 31st 2012
For Immediate ReleaseA landmark research report to be launched today by the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP, has lifted the lid on the role that angling plays in our communities.The three year research programme by Substancehas surveyed and interviewed thousands of anglers and demonstrates the valuable contribution angling makes to communities by improving the environment, helping young people gain new skills and contributing to the local and national economy.The report has been welcomed by the Angling Trust who called for a more joined up approach in government to maximise angling’s social impact. Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executive said: ‘This work, by the independent and highly-respected research team at Substance, provides invaluable evidence that angling is really important to millions of people and their communities. What is clear is that anglers not only protect and improve the water environment, but that their sport plays a vital role in contributing to well being, social cohesion and keeping young people out of trouble. We call on the Home Office, and the health and education departments to embrace angling as a mechanism for improving wellbeing and skills.Fishing for Answers, is the final report from a three year study of angling by research company Substance funded by the Big Lottery research fund. It is to be launched at a conference in London today sponsored by the Angling Development Board. It will outline how angling is about far more than fishing:
  • 25% of anglers said that they were involved in environmental improvement work
  • 22% volunteered in teaching or coaching formally and informally
  • The UK is a leader in the field in angling based youth education and inclusion work
  • Angling organisations have helped restore and develop local waters as genuine community assets, bringing people together and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Angling can stimulate the economy in rural areas and coastal towns through tourism, particularly outside of the traditional season. In one case study angling tourists contributed around £1 million a year to a remote rural area

David Moore, Chair of the Angling Development Board which is sponsoring the conference explained: ‘This groundbreaking research by Substance has collected and analysed a wealth of information and personal experiences and demonstrates that angling is about far more than catching fish, it has vast un-tapped potential for improving people’s lives their health and wellbeing.

The research also reveals that angling, one of the nation’s most popular pastimes:

  • Can assist good health and well being – as a preventative measure helping to reduce stress and as a treatment to restore health after strokes, cancer treatment, mental illness, inactivity or trauma.
  • Can involve intense physical activity – although often thought of as a sedentary sport, the research found that 34% of game anglers surveyed said that their fishing involved high levels of intensity physical activity; and around half of all anglers saying that it involved moderate physical activity.
  • Is a gateway activity that can lead to participation in cleaning up the environment, rivers and beaches – over a quarter of anglers surveyed said that they took part in some environmental improvement work.
  • Helps young people reconnect with education and avoid crime.

The Big Lottery Fund Head of UK Policy, Chris Butcher, who will open the conference said: ‘Lottery funded research must have practical use – to inform policy and to improve practice. This research has demonstrated real benefits to community organisations as well as national bodies by showing how angling can help improve people’s lives.

Media Enquiries:
Dr. Adam Brown, Director, Substance: 07974 963 020 – adam@substance.coop
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive Angling Trust: 07973 468 198 – mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net

Notes to Editors:
The Fishing for Answers conference is to be held today at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre, Southbank, London. The conference begins at 9.30am and finishes at 3.30 pm. www.anglingresearch.org.uk/conference

‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’ project:
A 3-year research PROJECT funded by the Big Lottery Fund (all research outputs are freely available at www.resources.anglingresearch.org.uk). The research was carried out by Substance, a social research cooperative (www.substance.coop ), from January 2009 – January 2012. The research investigated the roles angling can play for those who participate in it, young people and the communities in which it takes place. The project worked closely with angling and community organisations and charities, policymakers and anglers to help address gaps in knowledge and provide evidence of angling’s role to help influence changes in policy as well as highlight best practice.

The Angling Trust:
The Angling Trust is the representative body for all game, coarse and sea anglers in England. It campaigns to promote and protect angling and the environment on which the sport depends. It works with others to develop programmes to maximise the benefits that angling brings to communities, the environment and the economy. It is a membership organisation with 14,000 individual members and more than 1,500 organisation members, representing nearly 400,000 anglers. It is due to merge in April 2012 with the Angling Development Board, which is funded by Sport England and the Environment Agency to increase angling participation. wwww.anglingtrust.net or 0844 7700616.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseWednesday 25th January 2012
For Immediate Release
Angling Trust, the voice of angling
Anglers win battle in 3 year war for water industry transparency
The Angling Trust’s legal arm Fish Legal has won an important victory in its campaign to make England and Wales’ biggest polluters come clean about what they put into our rivers, lakes and seas, as well as what they pump out.Following a 3 year battle and concerted attempts by water companies to prevent an appeal, Fish Legal has finally managed to get the case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The Judge at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London has prepared some legal questions to ask the CJEU to help decide whether water companies are “public authorities” under European legislation, and therefore subject to public scrutiny.Fish Legal acting on its own behalf and as the legal wing of the Angling Trust with its 350,000-strong membership of angling clubs and individuals, has been battling to challenge a series of decisions, firstly by the Information Commissioner, and then the Upper Tribunal in an earlier case which held that water companies are not public authorities and therefore not covered by European Legislation and UK law – which meant their filing cabinets could remain shut.As long ago as 2009, Fish Legal asked water companies for information on sewage discharges and clean-up operations at the thousands of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in England and Wales. Two companies – United Utilities and Yorkshire Water – said they were not “public authorities” and therefore did not need to provide the information by law. United Utilities took about 2 years to get the complete information to Fish Legal, whose lawyers believe the information should be available by right and not just at the whim of the water companies.The Judge’s decision to refer the case to the European courts is exactly what Fish Legal wanted and is the next step in getting the companies to open up to inspection by anyone who wants to know what their local company is doing to their watercourses or beaches.The Judge will ask the Court of Justice of the European Union to answer questions which help to understand what a “public authority” is in European legislation and whether bodies like water companies are included.Justin Neal, Head Solicitor for Fish Legal said: “it has taken 3 years to get to this position and we may have to wait another two years for the European Courts to provide answers to these questions. Nevertheless, we hope that common sense will prevail and that they will conclude that the privatisation of the water industry didn’t take information out of the hands of the general public.“Leading barrister, David Wolfe, who provided the legal advice and representation for FL, commented, “I have been pleased to assist Fish Legal in getting the case the CJEU. I am optimistic that the CJEU will give an answer which will help everyone wanting information from water companies and other privatised utilities.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “Water Companies should not be able to hide what they are getting up to. Water quality and quantity affect us all, and our legal team are committed to doing all they can to get access to this vital information not just for anglers, but for everyone who cares about the state of our rivers and coasts. This case could take five years for us to win, but it will be of benefit to generations of anglers and environmental campaigners.Notes to Editors
1.Fish Legal and Emily Shirley v ICO and United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water, was heard at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London on 10th January 2012.2.Fish Legal is the legal arm of the Angling Trust and takes legal action throughout the UK on behalf of its membership of angling clubs, riparian owners and fisheries. More information at www.fishlegal.netMedia Contacts
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An update on www.cormorantwatch.org
STOP PRESS: The Angling Trust’s Cormorant Watch website
has now recorded over 50,000 sightings since June 14th!

Following a high level intervention by the Angling Trust last year Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon announced at the 2011 Angling Summit in the House of Commons that he is now prepared to take “bold decisions” and overhaul the procedures for controlling cormorants and other fish eating birds that are causing so much damage to our game and coarse fish stocks. Read on for the latest news…The Angling Trust is in there fighting on your behalf to get the best possible deal for anglers. We have attended several meetings of the new Defra Licensing Review group along with representatives from the RSPB, Natural England and others. There are more of these meetings planned, and we are currently undertaking a major research project to develop detailed case studies of the damage caused by fish-eating birds based on the information that our members and others have sent us.We are taking Mr. Benyon on a visit to a major cormorant roost so he can see for himself the problems these birds are causing. Our Cormorant Control Hotline in partnership with BASC continues to help our members successfully complete the lengthy form filling involved in applying for a license to control fish eating birds. The Angling Trust is also supporting the excellent work of the Avon Roach Project and is helping to ensure that their petition calling for much greater controls of cormorants is presented directly to the minister at Defra along with the feedback we have received from people like yourself via www.cormorantwatch.org.We expect there to be some announcements of minor changes to licensing procedures in the next few weeks in advance of any major changes which might be announced in the spring of 2012. Ultimately we are looking for much more radical solutions, but this will take time.The information generated by anglers about the number and location of sightings collected through Cormorant Watch is important in supporting our case and showing the strength of feeling this issue has generated amongst anglers, fishery owners and others involved in the angling industry. We’ll certainly keep you updated on any progress we make, but in the meantime please keep using the website and encourage others to do the same by clicking HEREto forward this email to your fishing contacts.Campaigning on this issue, along with everything else we do for angling, is time-consuming and expensive. Please help the Angling Trust to help angling by making a donation to support our costs, by encouraging every angler you know to join and by renewing your membership promptly (ideally by Direct Debit) each year. The Angling Trust is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with, but we need far more support from the angling world if we are to take on more major campaigns such as Cormorant Watch.If for any reason you haven’t got round to renewing your membership, please get in touch by phone on 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1) or via our web site HEREand rejoin. Help us to keep growing and fighting for fish and fishing.Sign the Avon Roach Project Petition HERE.The number for Angling Trust members to call the BASC Cormorant Control Hotlineis 01244 573019. Quote your membership number and BASC’s Game and Gamekeeping Department will give advice about the best way to deal with the problem within the constraints of the current cormorant control licence and wherever possible visit the fishery and carry out the shooting free of charge. BASC will also give free help applying for and completing the paperwork required for a licence from Natural England.
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Angling Trust Media ReleaseWednesday 14th December 2011 Angling Trust, the voice of angling
Change at the top for the BRFC
(British Record rod-caught Fish Committee)
To view this email in your web browser click HERE.The BRFC meeting held on 5th December at Fishmongers Hall, London, saw the retirement of Ian Epps and the election of Mike Heylin as Chairman.The committee paid tribute to Ian who had loyally served the committee for many years having joined in December 2004 to represent freshwater fish. He was appointed as chairman following the death of his friend, Ken Ball in 2008.His time in office saw important changes to the committee, in that he formed the freshwater sub group to look specifically at those species with a view of encouraging more anglers to claim records and for the records to be ratified whenever possible more quickly. He succeeded and an example is the Freshwater record for a Crucian Carp, caught in August 2011 and ratified at the December meeting.Ian is succeeded by Mike Heylin who joined the committee in March 2007 to help resolve the then difficulties and bad press coverage surrounding freshwater claims. Mike needs no introduction, he is well respected within angling and has held numerous positions including being the present Chairman of the Angling Trust, the Governing Body of the sport within England that brings all the angling disciplines together, an ideal for which he has worked for many years.Mike’s aim is to continue the work of his predecessors, to develop and help retain the credibility of the British List by keeping records that are awarded on a strict procedures basis during which every effort is made to ensure their accuracy.The meeting notes from the 5th December meeting (which contain details of claims which were ratified by the BRFC at that meeting) are available to download HERE.Notes for Editors:
The official British Records List and procedures are available on the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net, under the “Go Fishing Section”¨ or from the Secretary. The list will be updated as soon as possible following each meeting.Please note that a new version of the BRFC logo is available to download from the foot of the page HERE.The Committee exists to recognise and publish record weights of both fresh and salt water fish caught on rod and line by fair angling methods in the waters of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and aims:
  • To provide an adjudicating body to which marine and freshwater anglers may submit claims for record fish taken by fair rod and line angling.
  • To investigate all such record claims to the fullest possible extent and maintain a permanent record of such investigations.
  • To establish and maintain accurately a list of British fish, marine and freshwater, of record size and to publish this list frequently and make it readily available to all interested persons.

The activities of the Committee are voluntary, and claims are considered and adjudicated upon, only on the basis that the Committee shall be under no obligation whatsoever to claimants, that its decisions shall be final, and it shall not be obliged to give reasons for its decisions.

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Salter is back fighting for fishing
Martin Salter, the new National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust, Charles Walker, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Angling Group and Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executive Image: Martin Salter, the new National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust, Charles Walker, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Angling Group and Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief ExecutiveBig names from the worlds of fishing and politics have this week welcomed the appointment of former parliamentary angling spokesman Martin Salter as the new National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust.Martin, who stood down from the House of Commons at the last election, has recently returned from ‘a fishing and writing sabbatical’ in Australia which saw him publish a landmark report – Keep Australia Fishing – on the challenges facing the recreational fishing sector. Martin has made good his pre election promise to return and campaign for a better deal for both anglers and for the fisheries on which our sport depends. This new, part time post has been made possible following donations from the Angling Trades Association (ATA) and two individual benefactors who support the Angling Trust.Martin is to be based within the Angling Trust but will be working across the sector as a whole to promote greater unity and improved joint working. In addition to assisting in campaigning, fundraising and political lobbying, Martin hopes to help drive up membership and increase participation in both the AT and ATA.National Campaigns Coordinator – Principal Roles:
- Supporting angling participation programmes
- Liaising with angling trades & other representative angling bodies
- Parliamentary and Ministerial liaison and political lobbying
- Membership recruitment & engagement
- Campaigns and communication
- Raising the media profile of angling
- Strategy advice and policy developmentMartin’s appointment has been strongly endorsed by those at the very top of angling in the UK.Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP said:
“I am really pleased that Martin will be active in the Angling Trust working with the Angling Trades Association to promote angling across the UK. Over the years I have built a healthy respect for Martin’s knowledge and passion for angling. I look forward to working with him in his new role and to seeing more people of all ages on our river banks and lakes.”Robin Morley, Sales Director of Daiwa UK said:
” I am delighted that we have managed to secure Martin Salter’s services to encourage, support and promote angling in the UK. Having known Martin for many years I know his passion for angling, not to mention his vast experience gained over the previous 13 years in Parliament, will prove invaluable in promoting angling to the level it deserves.I would also like to thank all the UK tackle companies who have made this possible by their contributions to the Angling Participation Fund organised by the Angling Trade Association (ATA)”Charles Walker MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Angling said:
“I believe that Martin Salter has been one of the most outstanding politicians of his generation when it comes to the championing of fishing interests. His depth and breadth of knowledge continues to be appreciated across the political spectrum, as does his campaigning zeal.”Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executivesaid “Martin Salter is quite simply the best person the Angling Trust could possibly employ to campaign for anglers’ interests. He has great contacts in Parliament, an encyclopaedic knowledge of angling and fisheries issues, and huge experience of communicating and lobbying at every level. We are very grateful to everyone who donated to make this possible. We hope that his appointment will encourage more individual anglers to get off the fence and join the Angling Trust so that we can continue to expand our work fighting for fish and fishing.”Naidre Werner, Chairman of the Angling Trades Association said:
” With a fabulous contribution from the trade, we are able to enlist someone of Martin’s calibre and experience to raise the profile of angling and benefit of us all. The next twelve months will be very exciting.”Wildlife photographer and film maker Hugh Miles said:
“Our rivers and fish life are in desperate trouble and we couldn’t wish for a more energetic and efficient champion to fight their corner than Martin Salter”.Chris Yates, author and former record carp holder said:
“To have such a committed, experienced and passionate campaigner as Martin Salter fighting for our rivers will give every angler cause for hope and I applaud his appointment to the Angling Trust.”Paul Knight, CEO of the Salmon and Trout Association added:
“S&TA is very pleased to see Martin Salter back involved in angling and fisheries politics in England. We worked very closely with him when he was Angling Liaison Officer for the last Government, and we look forward to doing so again as he looks to unite the different approaches from the various angling and fisheries organisations into a unified voice for the benefit of both the sport and the aquatic resource upon which it depends.”Angling writer and travel guide John Bailey said:
“I have known Martin for several years now and worked with him on a number of projects. I remain impressed by his vision, his energy and his ability to communicate. Above all, I like his obvious sincerity. Martin is no glib politician, he cares through and through for the causes he espouses. He is a terrific friend of angling and I for one will give him all my support. I really hope we have the opportunity to work together again in 2012 and do something positive for the sport we loveand believe in. This is, I believe, a really positive move for the Angling Trust and has made me personally want to get more on board.”Angling columnist and broadcaster Keith Arthur added:
” Since I have known Martin and, more importantly the job he has done for angling, the more I am convinced that he is what we need to carry our message. He is the perfect advocate for our sport, in my opinion.”Mike Thrussell, Director, World Sea Fishing Ltd added:
” Martin Salter has a proven passion and track record for both defending and promoting angling. His appointment to the Angling Trust as National Campaigns Coordinator brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, influential contacts and know how that will push angling to the forefront and also contribute greatly to maintaining and growing the sport for the future. My hope and expectation is that his known ability to bring people together will also help unify and strengthen the sport so that anglers from all disciplines work together to secure a positive future.”Martin Salter concluded:
” After an 18 month break to re-charge my batteries it’s great to be back and fighting for fishing. I particularly grateful to Mark Lloyd at the AT and Naidre Werner at the ATA for giving me the opportunity to put my skills, experience and contacts to good use and for the benefit of the sport we all love.My first job is to recruit some high profile ambassadors to help me raise the profile of the Angling Trust so that it can become a really strong and powerful voice for recreational fishing and the environment. I’m particularly keen to get some effective outcomes from the current Defra review of cormorant predation which has caused so much damage to fish stocks.I am already lined up to attend a range of ministerial and other meetings and will be addressing conferences and supporting the excellent work of Angling Trust campaigners Mark Owen (Freshwater) and David Mitchell (Sea Angling) and the legal team headed by Justin Neal. I will be the main point of contact with my former colleagues on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling and will be developing and helping to implement a wider angling and fisheries campaign strategy for 2012.”–ENDS–Photo: A full size high resolution version of the photograph above is available for download from the Angling Trust website – click HERE(5MB zip file). If you have any difficulty downloading this file please email Mark Lloyd below.More Info: Mark Lloyd mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net07973 468198 or Naidre Werner 07767 371802 or Martin Salter 07976 946033Notes to Editors:
1. The Angling Trust is the single representative body for all game, coarse and sea anglers in England. Its legal arm Fish Legal operates throughout the UK. The Trust is recognised by Sport England as the governing body for competition angling and is due to merge with the Angling Development Board in April 2012. It has more than 1,500 angling clubs, river associations, consultatives and specialist angling bodies in membership (representing nearly 400,000 anglers) and 14,000 individual members.
www.anglingtrust.net2. The Angling Trades Association (ATA) is the only trade body representing the angling industry. Among its members are most of the leading suppliers within the business as well as the country’s leading retailers. Its aim is to promote, represent and protect the trade across all three angling disciplines – sea, game and coarse fishing.
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Angling Trust NewsFriday 18th November 2011
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Angling Trust Celebrates its 1,500th Member Organisation
This week, the Barbel Society was the 1,500th angling organisation to join the Angling Trust.Since its formation less than three years ago the Trust has grown to represent more than 350,000 anglers, these clubs and river associations are a powerful political force to support the Trust’s campaigns to protect marine and freshwater fish stocks and anglers’ rights, and are one of the largest networks of clubs and associations of any sport. They range from Abbey Cross Angling Society to Zeal Monachorum Fishing Club and from recently-formed syndicates of 10 members to 10,000-strong clubs with more than a century of history behind them.Steve Pope, Chairman of the Barbel Society said “The Barbel Society has been watching with interest the development of the Angling Trust since they formed two years ago. Following its recent successes fighting pollution, fish theft, predation by cormorants and getting £100 million Government funding to improve the UK’s rivers we decided the time was right to join up and support their work which will benefit barbel angling and therefore our own members.

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The Barbel Society are the 1,500th angling organisation to join the Angling TrustClubs like the Barbel Society pay a subscription of between £50 and over £600, depending on their size, to become part of angling’s unified representative body. They receive highly preferential rates for specialised civil liability insurance which is essential in the modern world. They also benefit from advice sheets on a wide range of subjects, a free (optional) listing on the Angling Trust’s find a club web page, and (for the 900 clubs who have opted to join Fish Legal) free legal action if their waters are polluted or damaged.The Trust will be introducing new benefits for member clubs in the coming months. Individual membership of the Trust, which costs just £25 a year, is also increasing and has reached 14,335.

Angling Trust Membership Manager Will Smith is determined to increase this number further and said: “All serious anglers should join the Angling Trust as individual members to support the work we do fighting pollution, tackling cormorant predation and representing anglers. Individual members provide the resources and the political clout to enable us to do more for the benefit of all anglers. As a member of the Barbel Society myself, I’m delighted that they have joined, but I’m also an individual member of the Trust.

Pete Reading, Secretary and Research & Conservation Chairman of the Barbel Society said “I am delighted that the Society has now given full support to the work of the Angling Trust. The Research and Conservation work of the Barbel Society shares the common aims of the work of the Trust, and we look forward to working together to protect and improve the quality of our riverine environment.

Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executive said “The Angling Trust is delighted to welcome the Barbel Society as new members of the Trust. Specialist and single species anglers are particularly passionate about their fishing and this is reflected in the growing number of them who are supporting our work to protect and promote fish and fishing. We recognise the fantastic work that the Barbel Society does to protect and increase understanding of the barbel and its natural environment.

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Clubs and Syndicates which join the Angling Trust get:

  • Access to significantly reduced rates on Civil Liability insurance.
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  • Free lobbying for protection of fisheries and angling on issues such as fish disease, cormorant control and environmental legislation.
  • Free expert advice and fact sheets on fisheries management issues such as predator control, invasive weeds, finance and grants for improving your fishery and club, risk management, health and safety and fishing In the sea & tidal waters.
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  • Advice on funding and applications for Clubmark for Angling accreditation.
  • Regular updates on the Angling Trust’s activities and issues affecting your fishery and anglers’ interests.

Clubs which join the Angling Trust’s and its legal arm Fish Legal in addition get:

  • Free legal advice on a range of angling-related legal issues.
  • Access to specialist solicitors, top barristers and other experts.
  • Costs of legal representation against polluters and anyone else who damages your fishery. We’ve got over 60 such cases currently ongoing.
  • Full range of legal factsheets on over 20 angling related topics.

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Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday 14th November 2011
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Korda Carp Team England
5 year deal signed with the Angling Trust
To read this email in your web browser click HERE.The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that it has signed a 5 year deal with Korda to sponsor Carp Team England. The deal, worth more than £100,000 in cash and business support will pay for England’s best carp anglers to travel wherever the World Carp Championships are held each year, along with a strong team of journalists and TV production crew.Korda’s involvement will help produce a platform to propel international carp fishing to a new level in this country. With their expertise in delivering excellent television, internet and magazine material, along with an abundance of commercial knowledge, Carp Team England’s journey will be televised and covered heavily in the angling media.Ali Hamidi of Korda said: “ We are delighted to work with the new unified representative body for all angling to support Carp Team England. For years now there has been insufficient financial backing for the team, almost no media recognition and despite some good results that elusive gold team medal has not been achieved. I believe everything goes hand in hand, if you’ve got great back office support, with a unified patriotic team, and the talent pool of anglers that we have in this country then we can all look forward to a great future with Carp Team England becoming the most successful carp team in world angling. For too long, international carp fishing has been overlooked, but with our media work and our unprecedented TV coverage, we will set new heights with this. It should act as a figure of inspiration for younger anglers, who can aspire to represent their country in their favourite hobby. Our growing relationship with the Angling Trust should also help them grow the member base to help ensure a bright future for angling in the UK. We can’t wait to set-up paths to entry into the team and get the ball rolling. This is exciting times for the sport, and Korda Carp Team England will really help in growing carp fishing not just in this country, but across Europe“.Dick Clegg, Angling Trust’s International Events Manager, said: “This is excellent news for Carp Team England. To have such a well-respected sponsor from the carp fishing industry supporting the team, gives us a great opportunity to develop the team further and build on the previous successes.The Angling Trust’s Finance & Business Manager, Stuart Sharp, who joined the Trust in August and finalised the deal with Korda over the past few weeks said: “This is a fantastic deal for Carp Team England and for angling as a whole. Korda’s commitment to the England team and the development of the competitive side of carp fishing is clear to see. We look forward to working with Korda to maximise the value for them as a sponsor and to ensure that the team can focus on fishing, rather than fundraising to pay their way. We are looking for sponsors for many other England teams and are eager to hear from any potential sponsors who might be interested in following the lead of Korda by backing the best carp anglers in the country.Contact:
For more information about this news item please contact Stuart Sharp.Stuart Sharp
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Angling Trust NewsMonday 14th November 2011
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Most hydropower schemes are a waste of taxpayers’ money and
damaging to the environment, says new report
A new report has slammed the way in which the Environment Agency is pressing ahead with plans to allow huge, ‘fish mincing’ turbines to be installed on many rivers in England and Wales without adequate environmental protection, monitoring or regulation. Widespread development of hydropower could cause serious environmental damage and destroy productive fisheries. Huge amounts of public money are being wasted for precious little return in electricity generated.
Dead Fish
The Environment Agency is pressing ahead with plans to allow huge, ‘fish mincing’ turbines to be installed on many rivers in England and Wales. Such schemes will contribute less than 0.5% of the nation’s electricity and cause massive damage to the ecology and beauty of the country’s rivers.Angling’s representative body the Angling Trust has today published the report, detailing the impact of run of river hydropower turbines on rivers and their fisheries. The Trust sets out a 10 point plan for the Government and the Environment Agency to address current failings in public policy on hydropower. The report details these failings, along with a number of case studies which highlight an absence of proper planning, poor environmental impact assessments, no strategic appraisal of the impact of multiple turbines on river systems, a lack of enforcement of licence conditions and a licence application system which is biased towards developers.The report gives examples of a massive waste of precious public funds on developing impractical schemes (£150,000 was wasted by one local authority); on regulating applications (at least 8,000 Environment Agency man hours were spent on one scheme alone); and on subsidising schemes with generous Feed in Tariffs. The Government’s own advisors estimate that run of river hydropower will contribute less than 0.5% of the nation’s electricity. To achieve this amount would require tens of thousands of turbines to be installed and cause massive damage to the ecology and beauty of the country’s rivers.The report, “Angling Trust Position Statement on Run of River Hydropower” is available from the Angling Trust website HERE.The Trust acknowledges some exceptional good practice case studies, which pass the sustainable hydropower three stage test:
1. if the development can be proved to have a very low impact on the ecology and other functions of the rivers both individually and cumulatively with other schemes and;
2. if it is installed on an existing weir and;
3. if that weir cannot be removed or eased for technical reasons or because it has some other legitimate and long standing function (such as navigation on heavily used rivers).The 10 point plan calls on the Government to set out a clear vision for an integrated sustainable energy strategy and to pay subsidies only to schemes which pass the sustainable hydropower three stage test. It calls on the Environment Agency to apply the precautionary principle, to implement the EU’s Water Framework Directive and not to issue licences which permit any fish to be killed in the turbines.The Angling Trust has produced the report because it has been inundated by concerns raised by hundreds of its member clubs and riparian owners who fish on rivers threatened with turbines. Hydropower can damage fish and their habitats and the structures can hinder their migration up and downstream, something that nearly all species of fish need to do to complete their lifecycle. The more turbines there are on a river system, the greater the damage. Licences are currently being granted on a first-come, first-served basis, rather than to the least damaging and most efficient schemes.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “Tackling climate change is vitally important, but run of river hydropower is not the solution, or even a viable part of the solution, it’s just green tokenism. It cannot be called green energy if it damages the natural functions of rivers and our already threatened fish stocks. There should be a halt to all new applications, and a withdrawal of Feed In Tariffs until a proper strategic environmental assessment of the impact of hydropower has been carried out. The chaotic gold rush that is going on at the moment could do huge damage to the future of river angling which is enjoyed by millions of people and supports tens of thousands of jobs.David Hinks, Chairman of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association said: “We have seen first hand how a hydropower scheme has been badly planned, implemented and regulated at Settle weir. The prospect of further hydropower developments on the river where thousands of us fish fills us with despair. These schemes generate tiny amounts of power for the national grid, but do big damage to fisheries and our fishing.Download the report:
The Angling Trust Position Statement on Run of River Hydropower report is available from the Angling Trust website HERE.Contact Details:
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Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 11 November 2012 Angling Trust, the voice of angling
Briefing for the Fisheries Debate in the House of Commons Tuesday November 15th 2011The Angling Trust is the new united organisation for all anglers in England. Our membership comprises nearly 1,500 angling clubs, fisheries and riparian owners with a collective membership of more than 350,000 anglers.Recreational angling contributes in excess of £5 billion to the UK economy each year, with more than £1 billion of this coming from recreational sea angling. The 3 million people
who go fishing each year support over 37,000 jobs in England and Wales alone.The Angling Trades Association represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, publishers
and distributors. Its function is to promote, represent and protect the trade. In so doing it aims to achieve not only long-term stability for the sport but, more importantly, growth and development.For many anglers, fishing is far more than a sport – it is a central part of who they are. Their passion depends on healthy fish stocks, and most fish stocks are in dramatic decline – if current trends continue. Their passion also relies on access to these fish stocks which are, after all, commonly-owned
resources and described in the United Nations’ Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as, “one of society’s natural heritage”.Sea anglers fear their sport is under threat from the commercial fishing lobby who seek to identify recreational sea angling as a contributing factor in the demise of ‘commercial’ fish stocks. Article 55 of the EU Common Fishery Policies Control Regulations seek to address the impact recreational fishing has on ‘commercially’ valuable stocks, such as Cod and sharks, which are under recovery plans.A DEFRA funded project being carried out by Cefas, Sea Angling 2012, will begin in 2012 to assess the impact recreational angling has on commercially important stocks in England. The failure of successive Governments to do anything positive to support sea angling means there is a high degree of suspicion from within the sea angling sector that the data collected from this project will be used to restrict and control sea angling unfairly, rather than use the data (provided it is accurate and reliable) to develop and enhance the sport.The recent summary of responses to the Government’s consultation on domestic fisheries management reform in England illustrates the view that fish stocks are seen to be property of the commercial catching sector and not a publicly-owned natural resource;“There were a number of responses that mentioned recreational angling and that this activity should
be subject to stricter controls. Currently, in many places there are no limitations placed on recreational
angling. This is seen to be unfair and, in some cases, those recreational anglers are believed to have
significant impacts on commercially valuable species such as bass, cod and haddock.”
The suggestion that recreational angling is having a significant impact on these stocks is strongly refuted and is not addressing how and why these stocks have been brought to historically low levels in the first place. The decline in stocks, and therefore quota available to the commercial catching sector, has been caused by decades of scientific advice being ignored in favour of short term political gain under pressure from the commercial fishing lobby, resulting in unsustainable levels of fishing. This has in turn had a devastating impact on the sea angling sector which, perversely, is now being accused of contributing to the problem.The Angling Trust will fight vociferously to ensure that a healthy and sustainable sport such as sea angling is not made a scapegoat for the failings of previous Governments to manage properly one of our most valuable publicly-owned resources.
Many countries recognise the value of recreational fisheries as the best use of fish stocks to society and have taken measures to support and develop their recreational angling sectors.It is worth considering that in 2009 the first sale value in England and Wales of commercial landings of species also targeted by anglers was £30.3m. Five years earlier the annual spend of recreational sea anglers in the UK targeting the same species was estimated to be at least £1 billion annually according to a
report, Net Benefits, produced in 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit which also concluded:
“fisheries management policy should recognise that sea angling may, in some circumstances, provide a
better return on the use of some resources than commercial exploitation.”

However, despite this recommendation, and the clear value of sea angling to society, no action has ever been taken to support this.The Angling Trust is issuing this briefing in advance of the annual Fisheries Debate with an appeal to Ministers and the Members of Parliament who represent this huge constituency. We call on our representatives to focus this year’s debate on how Britain can lead the way in Europe in calling for the
sustainable management of fish stocks for the benefit to society as a whole, and with decisions based on sound scientific evidence.We need:
• The social, cultural and economic contribution of recreational sea angling to be recognised if fish stocks are to be managed for the good of society as a whole;
• an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management including multi-stock management plans;
• emergency measures to allow member states to take conservation measures that apply to vessels flying flags of all member states within the 12 nautical mile zone;
• measures to reduce discards through the application of technical measures such as adapted gear types and closed areas to reduce the overall mortality of under size, overquota
and ‘unwanted’ species;
• an end to the political horse trading and lobbying at the December Council negotiations which results in quotas regularly exceeding scientific advice;
• improved compliance and enforcement preventing all forms of illegal commercial fishing.There is an opportunity to save our fish stocks in the next two years through fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and we recognise the Government’s efforts to reform the CFP. However, we call on politicians of all parties to resist the lobbying by the commercial fishing sector and put aside
the short-term political decision making that has contributed to scientific advice being routinely ignored and many of our fish stocks being exploited at unsustainable levels.Millions of anglers and thousands of businesses that supply and service the UK’s sea angling sector throughout the country demand that their elected representatives go to Europe and fight for what is right; fisheries management based on restoring and maintaining fish stocks for future generations so
that we can all enjoy a sustainable harvest of the oceans’ fish resources.
Angling Trust 2011
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Angling Trust Media ReleaseSaturday 5th November 2011
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Anglers: ‘Just Say No to More Slurry in River Ribble’
To view this email in your web browser click HERE.The Angling Trust has called on Ribble Valley Council to deny planning permission for the expansion of Withgill Farm, the owner of which has already been prosecuted once and cautioned twice for causing pollution of local watercourses. The farmer is renowned for spreading vast quantities of slurry on his land and neighbouring fields and the Bashall Brook, which flows into the River Ribble nearby, is already almost devoid of fish below the farm as a direct result. The slurry is so spread so thickly that it is visible from space on Google Earth.In his application for the expansion, the farmer has claimed that the new facility will not affect protected or priority species, or designated sites important to habitats or other biodiversity features. Several of the species in the River Ribble are priority conservation species and his farm practices are known to cause pollution which damages the ecology of the river system.The River Ribble is a prime coarse and game fishing river with barbel, salmon and sea trout. One of the main problems with the river is pollution from farms which poisons fish and the invertebrates on which they feed. When slurry enters the water bacteria break it down very rapidly and in the process remove the oxygen from the water which is essential to support aquatic life. Thousands of anglers fish the river, often travelling from all over the country and supporting local businesses.The Angling Trust is supporting its members the Hodder Consultative and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association who have written to the Council raising their concerns.John Whitham, Secretary of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association said: “Expanding this farm’s operation is the last thing that the Council should be thinking. It is notorious as a hotspot for pollution and if the farmer doesn’t clean up his act the farm should be closed down rather than expanded.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “Any farm causing pollution on this scale should be forced to clean up, or shut up shop. The Angling Trust has written to the Council to object to this planning application. We will draw to their attention the importance of fishing to their constituents and its value to the local economy which far outweigh the economic benefit of one intensive, badly managed farm.Notes to Editors
1. The expansion of the farm is planning application 3/2011/0753.
2. Withgill Farm Limited has had 2 formal cautions, the first accepted on 24 April 2007, and the second on 19 May 2009. The company were also prosecuted on 26 September 2007 at Accrington Magistrates Court and were fined £4,000 with costs of £1,994.26. On all these occasions, the charges related to causing polluting matter to enter controlled waters.
3. The Angling Trust is the representative body for all anglers in England and represents nearly 1,500 angling clubs, consultatives and fisheries comprising nearly 400,000 anglers. The Trust’s legal arm, Fish Legal, operates throughout the UK, taking legal action against polluters and others who damage its members’ fishing.
4. The Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association is the umbrella organisation representing fisheries interests within the Ribble catchment. Membership includes riparian owners, landowners, angling clubs and individual anglers. Its objective being to safeguard and promote the interests of owners, lessees of fishing, and anglers, by developing sustainable fisheries and maximising the riverine environment, through consultation with the Environment Agency and other bodies with similar aims and objectives.
Angling Trust Media ReleaseWednesday 2nd November 2011
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Environment Agency ‘Complacent’ about Hydropower Regulation
To view this email in your web browser click HERE.The Angling Trust has written to the Environment Agency demanding action after it was revealed that Settle Hydro on the River Ribble has breached its licence 238 times in just 12 months, but has not faced any enforcement action from the regulator.Volunteers from the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association have compiled a catalogue of errors and mismanagement at the hydropower installation since it opened in January 2010 and had opposed its construction because of fears about the impact on salmon and sea trout runs on what is one of the top six rivers for migratory fish in England and Wales.Failures with the scheme include:
  • A failure to provide a detailed environmental assessment of the impact on fisheries and other aquatic ecology, but the EA issued a licence anyway;
  • The transducer had not been correctly maintained thus leading to faulty operation.
  • Staff gauges had not been installed, as required in the plans.
  • Markers on the fish pass were not maintained.
  • Water abstracted was not recorded on a daily basis.
  • There were missing periods of data which appear to have been lost!
  • The control point for abstraction does not conform to the Detailed Project Plan.
  • Another gate to control abstraction is not watertight and therefore allows water to flow through the screw when it should be flowing through the fish pass.
  • The turbine sometimes operates for just 30 seconds, creating pulses of flow and rapid rises and fall in water levels which disrupt fish migration.
  • No data has been released, despite numerous requests, about the flow of water coming out of the turbines.  This is important because if it is too strong, it could attract fish away from the fish pass.
  • The first audit of the installation was not carried out for 17 months, but led to no enforcement action, despite numerous breaches of licence.

David Hinks, Chairman of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association said: “The operation of this installation is a complete shambles and the regulator should do its job and take them to court or force them to shut down and allow fish to swim through the fish pass freely again.  We are fed up of having to police this private enterprise and then when we pass on information to the authorities finding that nothing has been done.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “We have been inundated with requests for help from our members the length and breadth of the country about poorly planned and managed hydropower installations.  These turbines are doing damage to fisheries already, and many more are being licenced without proper plans being in place.  The situation is out of control and we call on the Government to stop subsidising this environmentally-damaging industry which will contribute a miniscule amount to the national electricity supply.

The Angling Trust will shortly launch a report setting out its national concerns about the damage hydropower could do to fish and rivers without proper controls and regulation.  Settle hydro is one of the case studies in this report.

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Angling Trust NewsThursday 13th October 2011
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Angling Trust Kayak Angling NewsBOOK NOW: NEW SAFETY COURSE DATE ANNOUNCED – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
We are delighted to announce that due to popular demand we will be holding another kayak fishing safety course before the end of the year at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire on November 12th. Places are limited to 12 on the day so please contact the Angling Trust immediately to book your place. Call us on 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1)during office hours and book your place today. Courses only cost £46 incl. VAT for Angling Trust members and offer great value for money. The price for non-members is £82 incl. VAT so this represents a saving of £36 for being an Angling Trust member.Here’s what one happy angler said after recently completing the course;
This course is a must for the novice paddler and a good refresher for those with more experience. I found this course both fun and informing on many aspects of kayak angling from self rescue, paddle techniques, anchoring right through to fish recognition. It is a day well spent. Paul and Simon do a great job and you never know – it may save your life.CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR GRAND SLAM PUTS KAYAKER ANGLERS’ SKILLS TO THE LIMIT
Good things come to those who wait – and the first Angling Trust kayak fishing Grand Slam champion will have to wait until 2012. Despite some decent fish being caught during the Grand Slam in Christchurch Harbour on September 18th no one competing managed to catch both mullet and bass, leaving the title still to be claimed.The competition is supposed to be highly challenging with around only 10 per cent achieving the Grand Slam (catching one of each target species). It relies on targeting challenging specimen fish, so what better challenge than mullet and bass.There is real kudos in achieving the Grand Slam and the Lower Stour fishery can certainly brag about specimens. In 2011 double figure mullet and high double figure bass have all been caught in this protected catch and release water.
Big Dave Neil
‘Big Dave’ Neil receives the individual mullet trophy‘Big Dave’ Neil ended up taking the individual mullet trophy with a 20.75 inch thin-lipped fish while Adrian Saunders took the bass trophy with a hard-fought 17.5 inch fish.Overall there was an average of just over two fish per entrant with Dave Neil taking five mullet and a Flounder in total while the ADB’s officer in the South East, Danny Williams, had four Bass and a Chub – on the fly!Heavy rain showers and gusting force sixes didn’t stop those ‘non competitive’ anglers from doing drift after drift and paddling against wind, rain and tide to be the first to win the coveted ‘slam’.The recording and awards session saw some happy smiling, and exhausted, anglers who had really got into the spirit of the competition and given their all to get the ‘Slam’.This event would not have happened had it not been for the generous support of Crazywater (assisted by Loni’s Tackle) and Semcorp Bournemouth Water. Plus the team of helpers that committed all their efforts to getting this new format off the ground. Thanks go to them all.LADRAM BAY KAYAK FISHING SAFETY COURSE A SELL OUT SUCCESS
Eleven happy anglers completed the Angling Trust’s kayak fishing safety course at Ladram Bay in Devon on Saturday 24th of September.
Sidmouth Lifeboat and crew
The Sidmouth Lifeboat gave the group an experience they’ll never forget, or want to repeat for real!Novices, experienced kayak anglers and even a BCU instructor were on the course which began with everyone capsizing their kayaks in order to learn self-rescue and assisted-rescue techniques before practising their new skills in a simulated rescue when the Sidmouth Lifeboat and crew joined the group to practice their skills and give those on the course an experience they’ll never forget, or want to repeat for real – being plucked from the sea by the emergency services! At one stage the Lifeboat crew managed eight anglers on the boat at once – with kayaks! Check out the video on YouTube here.Safe angling and fish handling techniques were learned on shore with course leaders Paul Fennell and Simon Everett giving out handy hints and tips on rigging your kayak, kit lists, trip planning, safety gear and much more. It was then back on the water for paddling skills and techniques, anchoring, using a drogue and much more that was covered in an enjoyable, eventful and educational day.After completing the course Steve Cowen said “Having returned from attending the Safety course at Ladram Bay I have to say it is worth every penny. Even after two years of fishing quite happily from a kayak I can say with all honesty that I am now 100 per cent more confident in my ability to paddle, self rescue, anchor and fish more safely, and deal with any unforeseen situations.Anyone thinking of doing the course is strongly recommended to do so. Even with my 11 years served as a military diver and arctic survival training, there was still plenty for me to learn.A well planned and executed course, so a massive thank you to both Paul and Simon who passed on their expertise and knowledge in a fun packed day”.Course leader Paul Fennell said “The course is an evolution of the old kayak angling courses run several years ago when the sport arrived in the UK. It has now been developed to be even more UK angling specific. The feedback has been superb and as a coach, the improvements by the participants very rewarding. We look forward to developing the courses further and with the Angling Trusts help establishing the sport into the mainstream of angling“.REACTION TO MASS TRESPASS PROTEST
We are aware that some of our kayak angling members have had concerns over our attitude to kayaks based on the press release issued on Tuesday “Angling Trust calls on British Canoe Union to Condemn Mass Trespass Protest”.We would like to make it clear that our objections are to the illegal nature of the protest taking place during a fishing match that anglers of the Avon have paid for and travelled to in order to fish. The disturbance caused by this event would mean these anglers being unfairly disadvantaged through no fault of their own.For this very reason the Angling Trust’s code of conduct for freshwater kayak angling was drawn up in full consultation with our members. The code explicitly states: Never encroach on, and minimise the disturbance to, swims being fished by others. Avoid waters being used for an angling match – check with those who own the fishing rights. We are currently negotiating freshwater fishing access for our kayak angling members and will continue to do so where we can negotiate legal access with clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and other relevant authorities. In this instance neither a code of conduct nor an access agreement has been agreed and as such we stand by our decision to condemn this irresponsible behaviour that fails to respect the interests of the River Avon’s bank anglers.The Angling Trust remains totally committed to the promotion of kayak angling and preserving the River Avon’s reputation as a top coarse angling venue – for the good of all anglers. We are working with the Angling Development Board and our kayak angling members to promote further kayak angling access, competitions and coaching.Like this on Facebook  Tweet this
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Angling Trust Members NewsMonday 10th October 2011
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Taking Action To Tackle PoachingThe Angling Trust, angling’s representative body, has launched a Seven Point Plan to tackle poaching and fish theft in English waters. There have been widespread reports of poaching and large numbers of fish being taken illegally by individuals and criminal gangs throughout the country.1. Building Bridges
The Trust has appointed two members of staff to work with member clubs and fisheries to address illegal fishing in parts of the South West and the East of England. These pilot projects have sent messages to foreign national anglers in their own language to explain the rules of fishing in this country. Farmers employing foreign temporary workers are also being made aware of the problem and being asked to help combat it. Many of these anglers simply don’t understand the rules. Once educated, they are prepared to catch and release their fish and can become active and committed members of clubs and good customers of commercial fisheries. More details on the building Bridges project along with anti-poaching posters can be found on our website HERE.2. Crimestoppers
The Angling Trust has helped to fund and promote the Crimestoppers initiative (along with CEFAS, the Environment Agency and others) which provides a confidential freephone number 0800 555 111 for anglers, clubs and fisheries to report illegal fishing activity, thefts and illegal fish movements. Free posters are available for clubs and fisheries to help raise awareness of this number.3. Legal Advice to Members
The Angling Trust’s legal arm (Fish Legal) has provided a fact sheet for member clubs, fisheries and riparian owners about their legal position in the event of poaching or theft and what they should do if poaching occurs on their waters. Fish Legal members should call 01568 620447 to request a copy.4. Advice to Police
Fish Legal has collaborated with the National Wildlife Crime Unit, a special police task force, to raise awareness of the offence of poaching within regional police forces. This move is in response to members raising concerns that responses by local police to reported instances of poaching have been unsatisfactory and as a result it is unclear who people should contact when poaching occurred.5. Volunteer Bailiffs
The Angling Trust is working with the Environment Agency to develop a pilot scheme to recruit volunteers from angling clubs who can work alongside warranted officers from the EA to provide intelligence and check anglers’ rod licences, so that the EA can focus its expert resources on tackling serious poachers and criminal activity.6. Poacher Watch Website
The Trust is developing a website for anglers to report poaching, in a similar way to its Cormorant Watch site (www.cormorantwatch.org). Funding is being sought for this project from the angling trade.7. Political Pressure
The Trust has raised the issue of enforcement of fisheries laws and byelaws at the highest levels of the Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation. There are widespread concerns among anglers that the investigation and prosecution of poachers is decreasing, when the problem is increasing.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “Poaching is damaging to wild fisheries, to rural and urban businesses, to the rural economy and to the enjoyment of the millions of people who fish legally and pay their rod licence each year. Many poachers are involved with organised crime. We will be raising this issue with the Environment Minister Richard Benyon when we meet with him in October and at the England and Wales Fisheries Group.“Will Rundle, Solicitor for the Angling Trust’s legal arm (Fish Legal) said:
The new information sheet, which we drafted in consultation with the NWCU for the Police, was sent out across the NWCU network of officers in England and Wales. It should mean less confusion for the police following evidence of poaching. Ultimately, we hope this initiative will lead to more prosecutions by local police forces responding more positively to reported incidents. We also hope that this will build confidence with anglers to report suspected offences in the knowledge that more will be done than perhaps was the case before.“The Angling Trust offers the following advice to any angler or member of the public who witnesses illegal fishing, poaching or fish theft:
1. Do not approach the offender(s) yourself.
2. If you can do so without being seen, take a picture or video of the activity.
3. If you can do so without being seen, make a note of the number-plate of any vehicles involved. Most modern mobile phones have a camera or memo pad where you could record this if you don’t have a pen and paper.
4. Poaching is an offence under the 1968Theft Act. Always report ALL poaching incidents to the Police and keep a record of what you report.
5. If you suspect poaching you should also contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and write down their incident number. Other offences such as fishing without a rod licence, illegal fishing methods, breach of local byelaws or damage to spawning grounds should also be reported to them.
6. If you have information about fish theft or illegal fish transfers, you can also contact Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.
7. If the incident is on a private fishery, please also contact the owners or fishing club to inform them and phone the Police.Facebook Like Button  Tweet ButtonTo forward this email click HERE.To view this email in your web browser click HERE.–ENDS–For  more information on this press release or for additional quotes contact admin@anglingtrust.netIf you are not already a member join the Angling Trust online at www.anglingtrust.net or by calling 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1).
Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday 11th October 2011.
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Angling Trust Calls On All Councils To Follow Rother’s Lead And Back Sea AnglingThe Angling Trust will be calling on all local authorities around England’s coast to follow the lead set by Rother District Council in East Sussex who has thrown its support behind recreational sea anglers by recognising them as all-year-round visitors and important contributors to the seaside economy.Following an impressive campaign by local anglers and businesses – which the Angling Trust’s Legal arm, Fish Legal, supported – the proposed byelaws which would have restricted sea angling and bait collection have been abandoned in favour of embracing the many benefits that angling can bring to the local community.A voluntary code of conduct for anglers will now be drawn up to ensure that Rother’s coastline can continue to be enjoyed by all beach users – including sea anglers.”We were willing to change the proposals and together we will now make even better use of our fantastic seaside resources for everyone’s benefit.” said Cllr Martin Kenward, Rother council’s lead member for culture, sport and tourism.David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Environmental Campaigns Manager said, “The Angling Trust applauds the council’s decision. We hope it will pave the way for more local authorities to wake up to the potential social, cultural and economic benefits of supporting and developing sea angling.”He continued, “There are many coastal resorts that could take measures to reinvent themselves as angler-friendly venues and start reaping the benefits. We will be doing all we can over the coming months and years to build on the success of Rother’s anglers and ensure that sea angling is seen as an asset that should be encouraged rather than a nuisance activity that needs to be controlled.Facebook Like Button  Tweet ButtonTo forward this email to a friend or colleague click HERE.To view this email in your web browser click HERE.–Ends–
Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 9th September 2011. For immediate release. Angling Trust, the voice of angling
On the brink: Conservationists reveal the rivers still sufferingLast week the Environment Agency released a list of the ten most improved rivers in England and Wales. Conservationists have criticised the report saying it presents a rosy view of river health and ignores the many waterways struggling with pollution, over abstraction and other threats.River wildlife experts at the RSPB, WWF, the Angling Trustand the Salmon and Trout Association – all partners in the Our Rivers Campaign – have responded with a list of ten rivers where not enough is being done to tackle these environmental pressures.This list paints a different picture – one in which salmon, trout, watervoles and other river wildlife are under threat. Two thirds of rivers in England and Wales are failing European targets for water quality and too little is being done to address this.The only river to appear on both lists is the Thames. Despite the Environment Agency hailing the return of salmon to the river, a University of Exeter report revealed last week that attempts to create a self sustaining salmon population in the Thames have failed. The report claims that salmon found in the Thames were more likely to be strays from other rivers.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “Last Christmas the Environment Agency put out a press release celebrating that our rivers were cleaner than at any time since the industrial revolution. We wrote to the EA to point out that this might give the wrong impression that everything was okay with our rivers.Well, another silly season is upon us, and the Agency doesn’t seem to have listened. It has put out another release with 10 examples of improvements that have been made – there should be hundreds of examples like this if it has done its job properly. Many of the ‘success story’ rivers still suffer from sewage overflows, damaging low flows in summer and barriers to migrating fish.Many of our fish stocks are in crisis and the EA presents this as a triumph! We will be raising this again with the EA to try to get it to see sense“Jack Clarke, Our Rivers campaigner, said: “It is right to celebrate the improvements that our rivers have seen in recent decades – but we cannot ignore the continuing threats our native river wildlife faces.”Most of the ten rivers highlighted in the Environment Agency’s report last week are doing well – but it is a different story for many hundreds of other rivers crossing England and Wales.The stories we hear from people living near these rivers are all too familiar – salmon and trout numbers at a fraction of their former levels, sewage being released directly into the waterway, riverbeds drying up in the summer due to unsustainable abstraction. The ten rivers we have chosen illustrate these problems, but they are only examples of a much wider issue.”We are failing European targets for river health in a big way – and no amount of glossy PR from the Environment Agency is going to change that. Instead we need to see more ambition in their plans to restore rivers and we need reassurances that the Government’s upcoming Water White Paper will tackle the serious problem of over abstraction which is threatening river wildlife.The Our Rivers campaign is currently running an online survey to help paint a picture of the state of rivers in England and Wales and find the best places to spot river wildlife. The survey results will also highlight species which have disappeared along certain rivers. To take part visit www.ourrivers.org.uk/surveyThe ten rivers chosen by the Our Rivers campaignRiver Thames- Water quality in the Thames has improved over the past 50 years. This has come about through a combination of industrial decline, investment, and the hard work of the Environment Agency, conservationists and members of the public. But pretending that the Thames has been transformed into a pristine river supporting healthy salmon populations is a step too far, as highlighted by the University of Exeter report into salmon populations in the river which concluded: “Our findings highlight the futility of long-term stocking without corresponding improvements in habitat and water quality.”Hampshire Avon- Salmon catches on the Hampshire Avon have fallen dramatically from a peak of 1,400 fish a year in the early 1970′s to around 200 fish in recent years. Salmon are a good indicator of the overall health of a freshwater ecosystem. The Environment Agency has confirmed that the Hampshire Avon has failed to reach the official conservation limit for salmon and the population is at risk. The river has also seen a dramatic fall in roach populations.River Rea- The River Rea in Birmingham suffers so much from urban diffuse pollution from the City of Birmingham that sections are designated by the Environment Agency as “Bad” for insect life under the Water Framework Directive. This is the worst category that the Environment Agency uses to classify rivers. Birmingham City Council have obtained funding to try to address this issue but it will take many years before we see improvements to this and to the river bed.River Trent- The River Trent from Stoke on Trent to the confluence of the River Tame is designated “Poor” for all fish due to urban diffuse pollution from Stoke resulting in ammonia and phosphate levels in the water which have been found to be at unacceptable levels. Historical changes to the river channel compound this issue.River Kennet- This much loved chalk stream, the longest tributary of the Thames, is perilously low this September, due to low rainfall and high levels of abstraction. Local group Action for the River Kennet was set up 20 years ago to campaign for a reduction in abstraction on this river. Despite their efforts, and agreement from both the Environment Agency and the water company that a reduced licence is needed, nothing has yet been done. In fact, earlier this year the EA renewed Thames Water’s abstraction license despite clear and critical issues of over abstraction on this river.River Beane- This river was once a thriving chalk stream, but today in its upper stretches it has almost disappeared due to high levels of water abstraction. The Environment Agency first confirmed there was a problem on this river over a decade ago, and the local water company has identified a plan to help revive the river. Yet, no action has been taken – much to the frustration of the River Beane Restoration Association.River Mimram- Issues of over abstraction on this river, a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Tewin, have been identified since the early 1990s when it was claimed to be one of the worst affected rivers in the country. Twenty years on there has been little improvement. Friends of the Mimram have been working with the local water company and the Environment Agency – who have agreed that action is needed, but yet to be taken.River Ivel- The Ivel in Bedfordshire rises crystal clear from springs in Hitchin, Hertfordshire but as it wends its short course north through Bedfordshire to meet the Ouse, pollution from sewage, roads and farming leave the water grey and cloudy after rainfall and non native species like the north American crayfish are taking their toll on wildlife. The entire river fails to meet the Water Framework Directive’s ‘Good’ status and with the Environment Agency’s River Basin Management Plan not including any actions for improvement by 2015 it looks like nothing is going change.River Wye- The Wye is so special it has every legal protection that can be offered but even this jewel in the crown of our river network continues to suffer. Acid water from forestry, manmade barriers to fish migration, sediment from poor farming practice which smother salmon eggs (depriving them of the water and oxygen they need to survive) and heavy abstraction all work to reduce the quality of this once great river. The Wye and Usk Foundation and others are doing their best to redress the balance but all is far from well in the nation’s favourite river.River Ray-  The River Ray in Oxfordshire, which runs past the RSPB’s Otmoor reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest nearby would once have fed wetland habitats but today its waters are deliberately diverted away from wildlife areas. It is infested with the weed azolla – or water fern – one of the UK’s most invasive non native plants. It also contains high levels of pollution from agricultural chemicals and from a sewage works upstream of the reserve.Facebook Like Button  Tweet ButtonForward this email to a friend or colleague click HERE.To view this email in your web browser click HERE.Join the Angling Trust HERE.Contact the Angling Trust at admin@anglingtrust.net-Ends-Notes to editors:
1. The Environment Agency’s press release ‘Back from the brink – Environment Agency reveals the most improved rivers’ can be found here – http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/132754.aspx?month=8&year=20112. An Environment Agency annual report into the health status of rivers in England and Wales last year showed 72 per cent of rivers are failing European targets. Just four rivers out of nearly 6,000 assessed remain ‘High’ status waterways of near pristine condition. There were 26 per cent in the ‘Good’ category, the required European standard. The report classed 56 per cent as ‘Moderate’, 14 per cent as ‘Poor’ and two per cent as ‘Bad’.

3. The Our Rivers campaign conducted a public vote to find the most loved and hated rivers in England and Wales last year. The Wye was voted our favourite river whilst The Thames was voted the worst. Over abstraction was one of the main reasons members of the public gave when voting in the worst river category, alongside sewage discharges, diffuse pollution, manmade structures blocking fish movements and invasive alien species such as American crayfish and mink.

4. Unsustainable abstraction currently affects one third of catchments. The Environment Agency’s Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) show that there are areas under pressure from abstraction right across England and Wales.  15% of CAMS units are classified as over-abstracted (existing abstraction causing unacceptable damage to the environment at low flows) and 18% are classified as over- licensed (if licences were fully utilised it may cause unacceptable damage at low flows). There is particular water stress in the south and east of England, where rainfall is lower and population density and per capita consumption is highest. Climate change and increasing demand for water, due to population and lifestyle change, are likely to increase the pressure on rivers from abstraction.

Angling Trust Media ReleaseWednesday 21 September 2011 Angling Trust, the voice of angling
Liberal Democrats Back Angling to Help Tackle Street RiotsAt the Liberal Democrats’ party conference in Birmingham this week, senior MPs and Peers gave their support for angling as a sport which could deter young people from antisocial behaviour in urban and rural areas.The comments were made in a series of speeches at the Rural Reception hosted by the Angling Trust and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) in Birmingham.Tom Brake MP, who is a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Co-Chair of the new Liberal Democrat Backbench Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities, noted that: “There are a number of projects underway using angling as a diversionary activity which would contribute to the prevention of riots.  I think it is easy to overlook the kind of valuable contribution a rural sport such as angling can make to urban areas.”Lord Addington, who is also Vice President of the UK Sports Association, said: “I’d like to take a moment to address the Angling Trust and say: what you do as a sport is fantastic.  Fishing is a brilliant entry sport, allowing people to practise at their own level and providing a great introduction into starting out in, and taking up, a great sport.”Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, hailed the improvements that anglers make to the water environment, and added: “I must take a moment to pay tribute to the Wye & Usk Foundation which is working hard in my own constituency to restore the habitat of the rivers, improve water quality and fisheries in the area, and remove barriers to fish migration.”In his speech to the reception Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, encouraged MPs and Councillors not to support hydropower developments in rivers, which would do great damage to fisheries but generate negligible amounts of electricity.  He also urged politicians to take action to reform radically the Common Fisheries Policy which continues to cause a rapid decline in marine fish stocks.Mark Lloyd said after the event: “It was very encouraging that everyone I spoke to at the reception had a deep understanding of the benefits that angling can bring to communities, the environment and to the local and national economy.  We hope that they will use their influence in the coalition government to promote support of angling and protection of the environment on which it depends.”Media Contact: Mark Lloyd, 07973 468198 or mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net
Angling Trust Media ReleaseFriday 9th September 2011. For immediate release. Angling Trust, the voice of angling
On the brink: Conservationists reveal the rivers still sufferingLast week the Environment Agency released a list of the ten most improved rivers in England and Wales. Conservationists have criticised the report saying it presents a rosy view of river health and ignores the many waterways struggling with pollution, over abstraction and other threats.River wildlife experts at the RSPB, WWF, the Angling Trustand the Salmon and Trout Association – all partners in the Our Rivers Campaign – have responded with a list of ten rivers where not enough is being done to tackle these environmental pressures.This list paints a different picture – one in which salmon, trout, watervoles and other river wildlife are under threat. Two thirds of rivers in England and Wales are failing European targets for water quality and too little is being done to address this.The only river to appear on both lists is the Thames. Despite the Environment Agency hailing the return of salmon to the river, a University of Exeter report revealed last week that attempts to create a self sustaining salmon population in the Thames have failed. The report claims that salmon found in the Thames were more likely to be strays from other rivers.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “Last Christmas the Environment Agency put out a press release celebrating that our rivers were cleaner than at any time since the industrial revolution. We wrote to the EA to point out that this might give the wrong impression that everything was okay with our rivers.Well, another silly season is upon us, and the Agency doesn’t seem to have listened. It has put out another release with 10 examples of improvements that have been made – there should be hundreds of examples like this if it has done its job properly. Many of the ‘success story’ rivers still suffer from sewage overflows, damaging low flows in summer and barriers to migrating fish.Many of our fish stocks are in crisis and the EA presents this as a triumph! We will be raising this again with the EA to try to get it to see sense“Jack Clarke, Our Rivers campaigner, said: “It is right to celebrate the improvements that our rivers have seen in recent decades – but we cannot ignore the continuing threats our native river wildlife faces.”Most of the ten rivers highlighted in the Environment Agency’s report last week are doing well – but it is a different story for many hundreds of other rivers crossing England and Wales.The stories we hear from people living near these rivers are all too familiar – salmon and trout numbers at a fraction of their former levels, sewage being released directly into the waterway, riverbeds drying up in the summer due to unsustainable abstraction. The ten rivers we have chosen illustrate these problems, but they are only examples of a much wider issue.”We are failing European targets for river health in a big way – and no amount of glossy PR from the Environment Agency is going to change that. Instead we need to see more ambition in their plans to restore rivers and we need reassurances that the Government’s upcoming Water White Paper will tackle the serious problem of over abstraction which is threatening river wildlife.The Our Rivers campaign is currently running an online survey to help paint a picture of the state of rivers in England and Wales and find the best places to spot river wildlife. The survey results will also highlight species which have disappeared along certain rivers. To take part visit www.ourrivers.org.uk/surveyThe ten rivers chosen by the Our Rivers campaignRiver Thames- Water quality in the Thames has improved over the past 50 years. This has come about through a combination of industrial decline, investment, and the hard work of the Environment Agency, conservationists and members of the public. But pretending that the Thames has been transformed into a pristine river supporting healthy salmon populations is a step too far, as highlighted by the University of Exeter report into salmon populations in the river which concluded: “Our findings highlight the futility of long-term stocking without corresponding improvements in habitat and water quality.”Hampshire Avon- Salmon catches on the Hampshire Avon have fallen dramatically from a peak of 1,400 fish a year in the early 1970′s to around 200 fish in recent years. Salmon are a good indicator of the overall health of a freshwater ecosystem. The Environment Agency has confirmed that the Hampshire Avon has failed to reach the official conservation limit for salmon and the population is at risk. The river has also seen a dramatic fall in roach populations.River Rea- The River Rea in Birmingham suffers so much from urban diffuse pollution from the City of Birmingham that sections are designated by the Environment Agency as “Bad” for insect life under the Water Framework Directive. This is the worst category that the Environment Agency uses to classify rivers. Birmingham City Council have obtained funding to try to address this issue but it will take many years before we see improvements to this and to the river bed.River Trent- The River Trent from Stoke on Trent to the confluence of the River Tame is designated “Poor” for all fish due to urban diffuse pollution from Stoke resulting in ammonia and phosphate levels in the water which have been found to be at unacceptable levels. Historical changes to the river channel compound this issue.River Kennet- This much loved chalk stream, the longest tributary of the Thames, is perilously low this September, due to low rainfall and high levels of abstraction. Local group Action for the River Kennet was set up 20 years ago to campaign for a reduction in abstraction on this river. Despite their efforts, and agreement from both the Environment Agency and the water company that a reduced licence is needed, nothing has yet been done. In fact, earlier this year the EA renewed Thames Water’s abstraction license despite clear and critical issues of over abstraction on this river.River Beane- This river was once a thriving chalk stream, but today in its upper stretches it has almost disappeared due to high levels of water abstraction. The Environment Agency first confirmed there was a problem on this river over a decade ago, and the local water company has identified a plan to help revive the river. Yet, no action has been taken – much to the frustration of the River Beane Restoration Association.River Mimram- Issues of over abstraction on this river, a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Tewin, have been identified since the early 1990s when it was claimed to be one of the worst affected rivers in the country. Twenty years on there has been little improvement. Friends of the Mimram have been working with the local water company and the Environment Agency – who have agreed that action is needed, but yet to be taken.River Ivel- The Ivel in Bedfordshire rises crystal clear from springs in Hitchin, Hertfordshire but as it wends its short course north through Bedfordshire to meet the Ouse, pollution from sewage, roads and farming leave the water grey and cloudy after rainfall and non native species like the north American crayfish are taking their toll on wildlife. The entire river fails to meet the Water Framework Directive’s ‘Good’ status and with the Environment Agency’s River Basin Management Plan not including any actions for improvement by 2015 it looks like nothing is going change.River Wye- The Wye is so special it has every legal protection that can be offered but even this jewel in the crown of our river network continues to suffer. Acid water from forestry, manmade barriers to fish migration, sediment from poor farming practice which smother salmon eggs (depriving them of the water and oxygen they need to survive) and heavy abstraction all work to reduce the quality of this once great river. The Wye and Usk Foundation and others are doing their best to redress the balance but all is far from well in the nation’s favourite river.River Ray-  The River Ray in Oxfordshire, which runs past the RSPB’s Otmoor reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest nearby would once have fed wetland habitats but today its waters are deliberately diverted away from wildlife areas. It is infested with the weed azolla – or water fern – one of the UK’s most invasive non native plants. It also contains high levels of pollution from agricultural chemicals and from a sewage works upstream of the reserve.Facebook Like Button  Tweet ButtonForward this email to a friend or colleague click HERE.To view this email in your web browser click HERE.Join the Angling Trust HERE.Contact the Angling Trust at admin@anglingtrust.net-Ends-Notes to editors:
1. The Environment Agency’s press release ‘Back from the brink – Environment Agency reveals the most improved rivers’ can be found here – http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/132754.aspx?month=8&year=20112. An Environment Agency annual report into the health status of rivers in England and Wales last year showed 72 per cent of rivers are failing European targets. Just four rivers out of nearly 6,000 assessed remain ‘High’ status waterways of near pristine condition. There were 26 per cent in the ‘Good’ category, the required European standard. The report classed 56 per cent as ‘Moderate’, 14 per cent as ‘Poor’ and two per cent as ‘Bad’.3. The Our Rivers campaign conducted a public vote to find the most loved and hated rivers in England and Wales last year. The Wye was voted our favourite river whilst The Thames was voted the worst. Over abstraction was one of the main reasons members of the public gave when voting in the worst river category, alongside sewage discharges, diffuse pollution, manmade structures blocking fish movements and invasive alien species such as American crayfish and mink.4. Unsustainable abstraction currently affects one third of catchments. The Environment Agency’s Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) show that there are areas under pressure from abstraction right across England and Wales.  15% of CAMS units are classified as over-abstracted (existing abstraction causing unacceptable damage to the environment at low flows) and 18% are classified as over- licensed (if licences were fully utilised it may cause unacceptable damage at low flows). There is particular water stress in the south and east of England, where rainfall is lower and population density and per capita consumption is highest. Climate change and increasing demand for water, due to population and lifestyle change, are likely to increase the pressure on rivers from abstraction