Fish Legal

 

 

Monday, 25th September, 2017

Welsh Government’s consultation on back door nationalisation of fishing rights is ‘chaotic and irrational’
The Angling Trust and Fish Legal have submitted a highly critical joint response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the ‘sustainable management of natural resources’. In particular, they challenged proposals to allow unfettered canoeing, kayaking and other paddlesports on all rivers in Wales which would destroy the value of fishing rights worth several millions of pounds and damage the already degraded water environment. The proposals would also harm the Welsh economy, which benefits from substantial inward investment from angling tourists from the rest of the UK and around the world.

Many of the tens of thousands of anglers, angling clubs and fishery owners in Wales have contacted the Angling Trust and Fish Legal asking them to resist these proposals vigorously. Several angling clubs have taken out loans to pay for the property rights to fish; on many rivers an influx of boats would lead to declining membership and ticket sales with clubs being unable to keep up repayments. Many fisheries would simply cease to operate, as has been the case in Scotland. Even a few canoes on a small river can ruin fishing prospects for many hours after they have passed.

Similar legislation was introduced in Scotland in 2003, which is much more sparsely populated. It has many more and much larger rivers which are mostly further away from population centres than in Wales. This led to fishing ghillies losing their jobs and declining revenues for businesses reliant on visiting anglers who have stayed away from many Scottish rivers because they can’t fish in peace and quiet.

Article 1 of the First Protocol to The European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to the peaceful enjoyment of possessions which includes freehold and leasehold rights in fisheries. This dictates that: “No one shall be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided by law and by the general principles of international law.”

The proposed changes to the law would for all intents and purposes deprive many clubs and fishery owners of the right to fish which could lead to compensation claims for many millions of pounds.

The consultation suggests that Natural Resources Wales would be responsible for regulating canoe access, which is a laughable suggestion for an organisation which is already unable to take effective enforcement action against polluters in Wales, directly linked to a widespread decline in water quality and salmon and sea trout (sewin) stocks. The arrangements would be highly costly and burdensome to administrate, which runs counter to one of the principal objectives of the consultation.

The Angling Trust and Fish Legal support the existing policy of encouraging locally-agreed voluntary access agreements that allow paddlesports at times when they will not interfere with legitimate paid for angling rights or disturb spawning fish. The main reason that increased access has not been achieved is the perplexing resistance by Canoe Wales to agree to these reasonable restrictions.

Staff at the Angling Trust & Fish Legal found the consultation to be the most chaotic of any of the hundreds of similar documents they have read. There was little detail available about most of the proposals, some of which seemed to conflict with the stated objectives of the consultation.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, who travelled to Aberystwyth for a meeting with Welsh Government about the consultation in mid-September 2017 said: “This is the third time that Welsh Government has consulted on proposals to open up all rivers to canoeists by legislation. Private angling rights are mostly owned by angling clubs comprising working people whose families have enjoyed fishing on their local river for generations. These proposals would damage the Welsh economy, add another administrative burden to the already overwhelmed regulator and harm the environment.

“It’s hard to see how this contributes to the sustainable management of natural resources in any way. We call on Ministers to offer some reassurance to the Welsh angling industry by confirming that they will now kick this idea firmly into the long grass for good. That in turn might cause Canoe Wales to talk sensibly and reasonably to angling interests and riparian owners and by doing so achieve the greater access they seek but in a sustainable way with fewer confrontations on the riverbank.”

Notes:
Download the Angling Trust and Fish Legal’s joint response to the Welsh Government Consultation

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Wednesday, 7th June, 2017

Chief Executive Mark Lloyd (left) and Campaigns Chief Martin Salter (right) with Charles Walker, chairman of the All Party Angling Group at Westminster, pictured promoting an earlier campaign

Angling Trust’s Manifesto for Angling prompts cross party support

 

The Angling Trust’s Manifesto for Angling – published last week – has prompted strong cross party pledges from Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties to support angling in the next Parliament.

The Conservatives promised: “The Conservative Party will continue to support angling and the numerous benefits – economic, environmental, social and health – it brings to communities and individuals alike. We are committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it and we will work with the angling community, harnessing its expertise and passion, to achieve this.”

The Liberal Democrats said: “We are proud of our angling communities and our fisheries and will do what we can to protect and promote them. Their benefits to health and wellbeing, our sense of community and our economy are huge.”

Labour pledged: “Labour is strongly in support of fully transferring all the important EU environmental protections and we will oppose any attempts to weaken them once we have left the European Union. We welcome the publication of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling and will continue to work closely with the Angling Trust as we have done since your formation in 2009.”

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd welcomed the cross party commitment, saying: “We are delighted that all three of the main parties have responded positively and substantively to our Manifesto for Angling which demonstrates the political influence of the angling community as voters.

“Over the eight years since the Angling Trust was formed, we have substantially increased recognition of the importance of angling to the environment, the economy, individuals and communities. We will be holding the next government to these promises to guarantee anglers’ rights and pressing them to do everything possible to protect fish stocks from a wide range of threats.”

Angling Trust Campaigns Chief Martin Salter added: “Anglers can go to the polls tomorrow safe in the knowledge that whichever party forms the next government they have given a cast iron commitment to protect the sport we all love. This is the benefit of having a strong and credible governing body with influence in Westminster that gets taken seriously.”

The 2017 Manifesto for Angling covers the following key areas:

  • A Brexit for fish and fishing
  • Responsible management of water
  • Recognition, Promotion and Access to Angling
  • Environment fit for fish and wildlife

 

Download a copy of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling

Full responses from the Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative parties to support angling in the next Parliament:

 

Labour

Labour has always been a strong and steadfast supporter of anglers’ rights and recognises the huge value and enjoyment that the sport brings to millions of people. We were the first political party to publish a Charter for Angling and we believe that it is important that young people have the maximum opportunity to enjoy healthy outdoor pursuits.

Angling makes a big contribution to ensuring that our rivers, seas, lakes and canals remain in a healthy state and are looked after and protected. Recreational sea angling is of particular economic importance to many coastal communities and we want to see a much fairer allocation of marine resources as part of the Brexit process. Labour is also strongly in support of fully transferring all the important EU environmental protections and we will oppose any attempts to weaken them once we have left the European Union.

Finally we welcome the publication of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling and will continue to work closely with the Angling Trust as we have done since your formation in 2009.

 

Sue Hayman - Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment

 

Conservative

The Conservative Party recognises the huge enjoyment that angling brings to millions of people across the country and the fact that it is one of our most accessible sports.

Anglers not only make a significant contribution to the economy – around £3.5 billion a year – but they are the eyes and ears of our rivers and wider water environment, undertaking habitat restoration, clearing up litter and monitoring the health of our fish stocks. Every year, angling clubs and their members undertake valuable work restoring some of our most precious habitats such as our wonderful chalk streams.

We are committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it and we will work with the angling community, harnessing its expertise and passion, to achieve this. The Conservative Party will continue to support angling and the numerous benefits – economic, environmental, social and health – it brings to communities and individuals alike.

 

David Beckingham - Conservative Campaign Headquarters

 

Lib Dems

We celebrate the enjoyment that recreational fishing brings to the millions of anglers across the UK and recognise its contribution not only to our environment, but also to our economy and our society. Rural and urban people alike enjoy the sport, which offers a great way to connect with nature.

 

In the light of Brexit, protecting our waters for both recreational and commercial fishing is vital. Fishing rights should not be used as bargaining chips against other policy areas in the Brexit negotiations. Liberal Democrats would defend and maintain our fishing industry and work with the industry and other stakeholders to develop a national plan for sustainable fisheries.

We would also protect and restore England’s lakes, rivers and wetlands, including through reform of water management and higher water-efficiency standards. We would support marine life by establishing a ‘blue belt’ of protected marine areas.  We are proud of our angling communities and our fisheries and will do what we can to protect and promote them. Their benefits to health and wellbeing, our sense of community and our economy are huge.

Ed Davey - Liberal Democrat Campaign Spokesperson and candidate in Kingston and Surbiton

 

Media contacts:

Mark Lloyd 07973 468198 or Martin Salter 07976 946033

The Angling Trust is the united national representative body for all angling in England and Wales. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. Joint membership packages with Fish Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and other categories. Please find out more.

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23 December 2016. River scene with kind permission of Nick Parker – you can see more of his pictures on Instagram (click here).

Merry Christmas and Thank You for Your Support

Another big step forward for your united body for all angling in 2016

The past year has seen the Angling Trust & Fish Legal continue to grow and achieve more than ever for the good of fish and fishing.  We’ve developed new programmes to get more people fishing more often, distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of rod licence funds to angling clubs and fisheries, run countless competitions, waged numerous hard-fought campaigns and legal actions to protect fish and fishing, given advice to hundreds of clubs and riparian owners, recruited scores of volunteer bailiffs and organised angling forums the length and breadth of the country.

We were particularly pleased to have secured important changes to the rod licence which enables juniors to fish for free (although they do still need a licence) and we won a better deal for carp and specialist anglers fishing with three rods. We have made progress on bass conservation – although not enough – and our Save Our Salmon campaign has made a real impact.

All this representative, campaigning and legal work can only be funded by members.  Thank you so much for your support in 2016 and I hope you will continue your membership and help persuade more anglers to join us in 2017.

We’d also like to thank all the volunteers who give so generously of their time as voluntary bailiffs, match stewards, coaches, team managers, committee members, membership recruiters, fundraisers and many other roles.  You make a huge difference.

Our offices will be closed from this weekend until Tuesday 3 January for everyone to take a break after a very busy year.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

Please read on for the latest news from the front line below…

Reminder: Apply now for a share of £400,000 from AIF

There’s still time to bid for a share of £400,000 of rod licence money being made available to the Angling Improvement Fund to support around 100 new angling projects. Themes include fish protection and predation management, project design and development, training more coaches, winter maintenance and fisheries improvements.

> Read more

EU Ministers agree better deal for bass, but…

Our long-running campaign, with the support of more than 11,000 signatures to our petition, has led to a better deal for bass in 2017, but the EU fisheries ministers have made a number of political fudges about by-catch limits and restrictions on anglers which are very disappointing. Thank you for your support.

> Read more

Slurry pollution kills thousands of fish on River Teifi

Terrible news this week from Wales, where a massive slurry pollution incident has killed thousands of salmon, sea trout and brown trout in the magical River Teifi.  The Angling Trust has written to Welsh Assembly Government demanding action to tackle agricultural pollution in Wales, which is getting worse and worse.

Fish Legal is investigating the potential for a legal case against the polluter on behalf of several member clubs and riparian owners on the river.

> Read more

£3,000 for Fish Legal member club after slurry pollution

Fish Legal has secured £3,000 in compensation for the Guisborough Angling Club after a slurry pollution on their fishing on the Skelton Ellers in North Yorkshire.  In March 2012, poorly managed slurry spreading operations at a pig farming complex near the headwaters of the watercourse resulted in a major fish kill, with dead game and coarse fish being found up to 10km downstream from the polluting farm.  The club plan to carry out targeted habitat work recommended by the Wild Trout Trust to ensure that the fishery recovers fully from the incident.

Government report confirms risk of lagoons to fish

Natural Resources Wales has revealed that the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay could have a ‘major adverse effect’ on migratory fish.  NRW estimates that 21% of salmon and 25% of sea trout could be killed every year as they migrate to and from local rivers, far more than the figures claimed by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, the company promoting the scheme.  The Angling Trust and Fish Legal have repeatedly challenged the company about their modelling of impacts.  The fight goes on…

> Read more

BBC Countryfile

Now that the Angling Trust is represented on the BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee, we’ve been getting more coverage for angling and fisheries issues from our national broadcaster, including a feature on BBC Countryfile on 4 December filmed on the River Avon and highlighting the problem of agricultural pollution in our rivers.

If you missed it, you can watch it on iPlayer HERE (it starts at 7 minutes and 24 seconds into the programme).

EA releases Annual Fisheries Report

Have you ever wondered how your rod licence money is spent? The Environment Agency has recently published its Annual Fisheries Report for 2015-16 which gives a fascinating insight into all the work undertaken by the Fisheries teams and their partners, including the Angling Trust.

> Read more

Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIV Dates Announced

The Angling Trust and Matchroom Sport have announced the dates for the Fish’O'Mania XXIV qualifiers and final. Viaduct Fishery in Somerset will host the first qualifier on Wednesday 8th April and the final qualifier will once again be hosted by Lindholme Lakes on Wednesday 21st June with a cool £50,000 up for grabs in the final on Saturday 8th July. Tickets will go on sale in February.

> Read more

Win Tackle and Monthly Prizes!

Our Regional Officer James Lewis has just updated the Species Hunt results on our website. Join in with this friendly competition for a chance to win £2,300 worth of TronixPro tackle for largest fish or fish of the month. It’s free and there’s an active Facebook page to compare methods and captures. Register free at www.anglingtrust.net/specieshunt

 

Great news – more people are getting out there fishing!

After a two year decline in angling participation, the latest Active People Survey by Sport England shows numbers are on the increase as anglers head out to the banks more often. See the stats HERE

> Read more

Predator Study Needs YOU!

If you fish the Severn, Warwickshire Avon or Wye for pike or zander, want to understand these wonderful creatures and help protect them, then get involved with the Severn Basin Predator Study – it’s a great reason to get out there fishing this winter and you’ll know that the details of every fish you catch, no matter how small, will make a big difference! Make contact on the study’s Facebook page or email brecht.morris@environment-agency.gov.uk for info.

£2.5k coach training for clubs, fisheries, schools and charities

A third of all people who don’t do sport or physical activity say a coach would encourage them to start. Your club, fishery, charity or school can apply for twenty £2,500 Coaching Bursaries to train an angling coach. Forward this email to your organisation and encourage them to apply at www.getfishing.org.uk/coaching-bursaries. Want to get info about coaching in your area? Sign up for emails HERE.

 

PB for KP!

And finally… congratulations to Kevin Pearson, the Angling Trust’s Regional Enforcement Manager for the Midlands on the capture of this fantastic 15lb 8oz rainbow trout – a new PB! Read about Kevin and his colleagues in our Fisheries Enforcement Support Service on the new Angling Alert site – while you’re there, sign-up to be the first to receive alerts about poaching, fish theft and other angling related rural-crime – it only takes a minute and you can help spread the word to protect fish and fisheries.

Bass campaign poster
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

An appeal to all anglers from the Angling Trust

 

Dear Mr. Cutbert,

Please act now to to stop bass netting and get a fairer deal for sea anglers. Sign the petition and share on your Facebook page.

 

The Angling Trust is pressing hard to secure a better outcome for threatened bass stocks at the crucial forthcoming meeting of EU fisheries ministers on December 12th.

Across Northern Europe, sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice and introduce the necessary conservation measures. The Angling Trust and Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (B.A.S.S.) have pressed hard for a ban on bass netting and we fully support the EU Commission’s proposals for 2017 for a sustainable and well managed recreational and commercial hook and line only bass fishery.

Last year’s disproportionate restrictions on anglers and increased commercial catch limits were bad for bass, bad for coastal businesses, bad for the tackle trade and damaging to our sport. The Commission’s proposals would not only see the removal of the damaging bass nets, which also kill sea birds, porpoises, dolphins and seals, but the introduction of a more flexible monthly bag limit for anglers. This would be good news for the struggling charter boat fleet and for the fishing tackle trade as more anglers would once again go bass fishing.

But there’s a real danger that the proposals will be watered down in the face of political pressure from commercial fishermen and so we need to stand up and be counted as anglers.

The campaign seems to be going well and we already have over 6,000 signatures on our national petition. Lots of people have gone on to the campaign page to either sign or to send an email to their MP. However, we need to keep the pressure up and this is where YOU can help.

It would be great if you could sign the petition and share on YOUR Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to send on to friends and family, too!

Click here to sign the petition

If you use Facebook and/or Twitter, then please post a message along these lines (you can use the image at the top of this email):

“Let’s support our fellow anglers by signing the national petition to get rid of the damaging bass nets and give these wonderful fish a future. The decision will be made on December 12th so we’ve not got long. Click here to sign. It only takes a minute so…PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE NOW.”

Should you wish to know any further information, click here for our full briefing.

We have a wonderful opportunity to save our bass and move to a net free fishery as, for once, the EU Commission have adopted what we anglers have been demanding for years. Your help in making this happen would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and many thanks for your support on this and other issues.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive
Angling Trust & Fish Legal

 

More News from the Angling Trust & Fish Legal

Maintenance work being carried out at a fishery

Get ready for spring! £400,000 of rod licence money to fund 160 new angling projects

Another £400,000 of rod licence money is being made available to the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) to support around 160 new angling projects over the next four months.

The Angling Trust, which administers the fund on behalf of the Environment Agency, is seeking applications by January 5th (January 13th for coaches) on the following themes:

Fish protection and predation management – such as otter fencing, protection from fish-eating birds, fish refuges

Project design and development, and workforce/volunteer training - including design work, disability access planning

More coaches – to help get more people fishing more often with focus on women, young people and disabled coaches

Winter maintenance and fishery improvements – including stages, paths, bridges, landscaping, toilets, washrooms

More information and application forms available on the Angling Trust website from Friday, December 2nd.

Countryfile filming the Angling Trust on the River Avon

Angling Trust on Countryfile this Sunday, December 4th

On Sunday, tune in to watch the Angling Trust team taking Countryfile’s Tom Heap fishing on the River Avon near Pershore to highlight the problem of agricultural pollution on one of the most popular TV shows.

It was a great opportunity to showcase angling to seven million viewers and lobby for the protection of fisheries. Many thanks to Birmingham Anglers’ Association for allowing us to film on their waters.

River denied essential flow due to over abstraction

Water Minister reminded of promise to protect rivers

The Angling Trust has written to the recently appointed Water Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, to urge her to fulfil promises from previous Ministers to reform the water abstraction licensing system and afford better protection to our rivers.

The Angling Trust, alongside conservation and fisheries NGOs, has been calling for a reform of abstraction licensing policy for several years and the government announced last December its intention to do this, but there has been little or no progress subsequently and there are worrying indications that the promise to act is going to be broken.

> Read more

Salmon and sea trout licence

Salmon & sea trout anglers – your catch return is due!

If you fish for salmon and sea trout, don’t forget to send in your catch return before January 1st, 2017.  Even if you didn’t catch anything, your return is really important to help assess the state of stocks and it’s a legal requirement of having a migratory fish licence. We’re continuing to campaign to Save Our Salmon by putting pressure on the government to take action to tackle pollution, netting, unsustainable predation, abstraction, barriers to migration and a host of other threats impacting on fish stocks. Please do your bit by submitting your catch return promptly.

> You can do it online here

Scenic river

Great benefits for Fisheries and Riparian Owners

Just a reminder that we have updated our Fishery and Riparian Owner membership categories to offer some great benefits that will meet the needs of those that own fishing.

The annual membership now joins you to both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal as standard and includes key benefits such as liability insurance to £10m, fish stock cover on turnovers up to £75k, free legal advice and action from the Fish Legal team, and campaigning to protect your fish and fishing. To find out more, please visit our website HERE.

Job Vacancy: Fund Administrator (Fixed Term), full-time, £18k per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and committed person to work for the Angling Trust to assist in administering the Angling Improvement Fund. The Fund, launched in 2015, seeks to funnel a significant share of income from Rod Licence sales in England into projects that address areas of angling ‘need’ which, once completed, will return real benefits for anglers.

> Click here for further information, job description and application form

Graph showing rise and fall of river level

All the info you need … on one angling website

With weather conditions so unpredictable, it’s essential you check out the latest river levels to ensure you have a hassle-free angling trip.

Fishinginfo includes the information you need – from finding somewhere new to fish to locating a tackle shop for your tackle and bait! Visit www.fishinginfo.co.uk now.

News from Fish Legal

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

wild brown trout released into River Inler

Fish Legal success will help restore wild trout fishery

Fish Legal has helped the Inler Angling Club in Northern Ireland to start the process of restoring a purely wild trout fishery using compensation money obtained following a 2013 pollution.

The club leases the brown trout and sea trout fishing on the River Inler in County Down, which was devastated by a major spill of vegetable waste from a processing plant belonging to MASH Direct, resulting in the death of over 5,000 fish, in August 2013.

> Read more

News from our Participation Team

Our Let’s Go Family Fishing, Get Back Into Angling and Family Fishing events have something for everyone – whether you are a regular angler who wants to introduce a friend or family member, or even if you just know someone who hasn’t been for a couple of years and needs a hand getting to grips with the latest kit and methods. Check out the events at www.getfishing.org.uk

Come fishing for free at www.getfishing.org.uk

 

We’re running FREE sessions for anyone who hasn’t been pike, perch or zander fishing for a while – perfect for the winter months. If you know someone who needs a bit of encouragement to get back on the banks please forward this email so they can come and learn the latest methods, tackle and fish-handling tips. Events like these plus more for families and kids too are at www.getfishing.org.uk – keep checking back as more events are added each week.

Angler with tope caught in 2016 Species Hunt

The Hunt is ON!

Sign up for the sea angling Species Hunt and the chance to win prizes from TronixPro.

The Hunt is FREE to enter with prizes for most species, largest fish and fish of the month.

> Click here for more info and free entry

News from our Competition Team

Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Paul Bick with £12,000 winning cheque

Bick crowned RiverFest 2016 Champion!

Paul Bick has been crowned this year’s RiverFest champion with a winning catch of 55-2-0 on the River Wye at Hereford landing him a cheque for £12,000.

Runner-up Paul Downes with 44-15-0 picked up £6,000 and in third spot, winning £3,000, was Nick West with 42-4-0. A total of £34,000 was paid out in prize money, the biggest river fishing prize pot in the world.

> Read more

England Men's Shore Angling Team

Silver lining for Shore Angling Team

England Men’s Shore Angling Team landed the silver medal after a nail-biting final day at the FIPS-M World Shore Angling Championship in Wexford, Ireland.

They were pipped to first place by Ireland. Saul Page was England’s top individual finishing in 8th spot.

> Read more

Jeremy Lucas, new England Rivers' manager

New England Rivers’ team manager appointed

Jeremy Lucas has been appointed manager of England Fly Fishing Rivers’ team. Jeremy has a wealth of experience at the highest level and has represented England on 17 occasions, 11 of which have been in IFFA Internationals and on six occasions in FIPS Mouche World and European Championships

> Read more

News from our Coaching Team

Are you interested in becoming an angling coach? We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Coaching Courses.

More information and dates for Level 1 (beginners) courses can be found here.

More information and dates for Level 2 (experienced) courses can be found here.

If there’s currently not any courses in your area, you can sign up to our mailing list and we will contact you to let you know when there are courses in your area. You can sign up here.

Great Offers for Angling Trust Members

Some great special offers and discounts for our members. There are more membership benefits on our website. To access these offers you will need the membership number at the foot of this email.

> Read more

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Perfect for Christmas! 20% discount on all books

Merlin Unwin Books offer Angling Trust members 20% discount on all their books – ideal for giving as presents this Christmas!

Check out the brilliant range of country, natural history, countryside classics, rural memoirs, country skills, farming, fishing, flytying, shooting, game cookery, foraging and self-sufficiency books.

> Find our more

15% off for members at Cotswold Outdoor

Angling Trust members get 15% off when shopping at any of the Cotswold Outdoor stores throughout the UK, online or by mail order. Check out the Cotswold Outdoor website to see the range of clothing and equipment on offer then find out how you can claim your discount on the Angling Trust’s Membership Benefits section.

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Angling Trust Media Release

Thursday, 13th October, 2016

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Cumbria Constabulary join fight against illegal fishing and fish theft

Cumbria Constabulary has become the latest police force to sign up to Operation LEVIATHAN – the multi-agency initiative tackling fish theft and illegal fishing.

The commitment creates an important link with other police forces in the North West and provides a huge boost to the fight against fish poaching in the county, which has led to low stocks of some fish species at some venues.

Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “This is an extremely positive step forward in our campaign addressing fisheries related crime, raising awareness of the actual implications of illegal fishing and fish theft, which are frequently connected with wider patterns of offending.

“This should reassure the angling community that the multi-agency response is increasingly gathering in momentum, and we look forward to working in partnership with and in support of the Cumbria Constabulary.”

Cumbria Constabulary formally joined Operation LEVIATHAN following a training and induction day at Lancashire Police headquarters in Preston. This was attended by members of Cumbria and Lancashire Constabulary Wildlife Crime Officers, the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers and the Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service.

Presentations were made by the Angling Trust, Lancashire Constabulary and Environment Agency and topics included issues with migrant anglers not understanding UK fisheries law, migrant angler education, methods of illegal fishing, how to spot incidents, how to effectively deliver the operation through joint patrols with other member organisations, how this offending often fits within a much wider framework of criminality and the Voluntary Bailiff Service.

Darren Bedworth, Environment Agency Enforcement Technical Specialist, said: “We are pleased to welcome Cumbria Constabulary as a partner to Operation LEVIATHAN. This will build on existing work we carry out with the force across the beautiful Cumbria countryside to tackle illegal fishing.”

PC Helen Branthwaite, the wildlife crime coordinator for Cumbria Constabulary, said: “This is an excellent example of how Cumbria Constabulary can team up with other organisations to target some of the more specialised areas of criminality which affect our force area and its communities.

“We very much look forward to working alongside the Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiffs and Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers on planned operations across the region to identify and deal with any offences revealed in a robust and consistent manner.”

David Lees, Angling Trust’s North West England Regional Enforcement Manager, said: “Tackling fish theft and illegal fishing is vital if we are to protect fisheries and clamp down on rod licence cheats. It is vitally important that anglers report any incidents.

“I am looking to recruit more volunteer bailiffs in the Cumbria region and anyone interested in applying should contact me at david.lees@anglingtrust.net.”

Anyone that suspects illegal fishing is taking place should ring the Environment Agency’s 24-hour Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or the police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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Media contacts:

David Lees, North West England Regional Enforcement Manager, david.lees@anglingtrust.net or 07495 433618.

Dilip Sarkar, National Enforcement Manager, dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.net or 07971 677 638.

Photo:

Cumbria Constabulary join Operation LEVIATHAN; official launch at police headquarters in Penrith. Hi-res images available.

Useful links for editors:

Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service

Police Reporting Guide for Anglers

Launch of Operation LEVIATHAN in 2015

Angling Trust:

The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.

Find out all about the Angling Trust and its work at www.anglingtrust.net or call us on 01568 62044764

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From soap stars to tackle makers … Angling Trust and Fish Legal announce 20 new Ambassadors

Twenty anglers from the world of TV, journalism, F1 and the angling industry have agreed to become Ambassadors for the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

They include EastEnders’ star and carp fanatic Scott Maslen, The Big Fish Off winner James Stokoe, ex-Formula 1 Technical Director Ross Brawn, journalist and author Charles Clover, Carp Talk magazine owner Bev Clifford, and England international fly-fisher Lisa Isles.

The 20 new faces join a celebrated list of Ambassadors that includes ex-England footballer David Seaman, comedian Paul Whitehouse, Commonwealth gold medal winner Dean Macey, TV presenter and photographer Henry Gilbey, and writer and broadcaster Matt Hayes who all support the work of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal and our efforts to create a strong, unified voice to protect fish and fishing.

The Angling Trust was formed in 2009 and now employs 55 members of staff. As the national governing body for angling in England, the Trust represents anglers at every level, campaigning for fish and fishing in sea and freshwater, developing participation in angling and managing national and international competitions and teams.

Fish Legal takes action through the courts to protect its member clubs and fisheries from environmental damage and other issues which impact on fishing. The expert in-house legal team has recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages and costs from polluters over the past seven years.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: “We are very grateful to all these high profile supporters for agreeing to become Ambassadors for the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to help encourage more people to join us.

“All our campaigning and legal work is funded by membership subscriptions, donations and legacies, all of which are steadily growing as more and more anglers, clubs and fisheries support the unified body for all angling. Our organisations make a real difference at a national and local level, but we need more support.”

The 20 new Ambassadors are: James Stokoe, Robin Morley, Charles Clover, Steve Rowley, Scott Maslen, Budgie Price, Tony King, Trevor Harrop, David Wolsoncroft-Dodds, Lisa Isles, Paul Devlin, Sam Edmonds, Gary Edmonds, Andy Ford, Jo Stephenson, Bev Clifford, Rod Sturdy, Ross Brawn, Barrie Welham and Nigel Horsman.

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Notes to Editors:

A full list of ambassadors and what they had to say about the Angling Trust can be found at www.anglingtrust.net/ambassadors

James Stokoe, The Big Fish Off – Earths Wildest Waters Finalist
“Fishing to me isn’t just a sport or hobby it’s a lifestyle and has been a huge part of my life since I was 13, without the Angling Trust the new generation of young anglers won’t be able to experience what we have so as an angling nation we need to stick together and support this amazing organisation as the future of angling lies in the kids and fish stocks of today! Tight lines.”

Scott Maslen – TV star and carp angler
“I have been fishing all my life and I have got so much pleasure from it.  I think it’s really important that we protect our sport, now and in the future.  The Angling Trust and Fish Legal do a fantastic job protecting fish and fishing and they really need the support of every serious angler.  Please join now and encourage everyone you know to do the same.”

Nigel Horsman – Bass Anglers Sport Fishing Society and campaigner
“When I discovered all was not well with bass I hit the campaign trail. The Angling Trust has been an invaluable partner in that campaign, fighting for the rights of all anglers. The Angling Trust are just as passionate as me about all types of fishing (I also coarse fish and fly fish) and I think it is essential that we all support them in the fight for better fishing for all of us. So please, do as I did and join the AT. It doesn’t cost much, especially compared to how much we spend on gear, and it might just improve your fishing far more than the next piece of shiny new tackle you buy!”

Jo Stephenson – Big Fish Off Semi Finalist, Fly Tyer and Guide
“Like most fishing fanatics I want to see our fish and their waterways looked after and protected, not only for me but for the future of fishing, I want to see more young people (and more women) encouraged to pick up a rod and shown how to love and respect our fish and pastime. The Angling Trust is there to do just those things for the benefit of all of us. Every angler should support the Angling Trust and their campaigns or our way of life could become a way of the past.”

Paul Devlin, Managing director, Glasgow Angling Centre
“I believe that all anglers should join and support the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.  Fishing needs a voice strong enough to deal with, not just individual local issues that affect our fishing, but can also be heard on a national level;  a voice that can deal with any UK and EU policies that threaten the future of our recreational fishing. I strongly believe we need to become united to protect what we have and hopefully by doing so we will make things better for future generations.”

Media contact: Ed Noyes, Marketing and Communications Officer, Angling Trust on 01568 620 447 or ed.noyes@anglingtrust.net

Photo; New Angling Trust Ambassador, James Stokoe, with Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd, at The 2016 Game Fair. Hi-res images available.

Angling Trust: The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.

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

Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday, 6th September, 2016 Angling Trust Logo

Essex Police Join Operation TRAVERSE – targeting illegal fishing and fish theft

Essex Police has become the latest police force to sign up to Operation TRAVERSE – the multi-agency initiative launched in 2014 to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing in the East of England.

The commitment creates an important link with surrounding forces and provides a wider roll-out of the operation in the East and South East of England.

Essex Police’s promise of firm support for Operation TRAVERSE will see a big step forward in the fight against fish poaching in the county, which has led to low stocks of some fish species at some venues.

Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “This is yet another step forward – indicating a keen commitment from the police service, in spite of its huge array of commitments and priorities, to address anglers’ issues and the wider criminality involved. We look forward very much to working closely with Essex Police and our existing and future partners. The only way forward is everyone getting on the same page and working together.”

Essex Police formally joined Operation TRAVERSE following a training and induction day at Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford. This was attended by members of Essex Constabulary Wildlife & Heritage Crime Team, the Angling TrustFisheries Enforcement Support Service, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement and Environmental Crime Officers, and theAngling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service, with presentations from both the Angling Trust and Environment Agency.

Topics included issues with migrant anglers not understanding UK fisheries law, migrant angler education, methods of illegal fishing, how to spot incidents, how to effectively deliver the operation through joint patrols with other member organisations, how this offending often fits within a much wider framework of criminality, and the Voluntary Bailiff Service.

Environment Agency Enforcement Team Leader Lesley Robertson said: “We are pleased to welcome Essex Police as a partner to Operation TRAVERSE.  This will build on existing work we carry out with the force across the beautiful Essex countryside to tackle illegal fishing.

“Anyone that suspects illegal fishing is taking place should report the details to the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or Essex Police on 101 quoting Operation TRAVERSE.”

PC Andy Long of Essex Police Wildlife and Heritage Crime Team said: “Essex Constabulary will work closely with the Angling Trustvoluntary bailiffs and Environment Agency fisheries Enforcement Officers on planned days of action across the region to identify and deal with any offences revealed in a robust and consistent manner.”

Angling Trust’s East of England Regional Enforcement Manager Paul Thomas said: “Tackling fish theft and illegal fishing is vital if we are to protect fisheries and clamp down on rod licence cheats. I cannot stress how important it is for anglers to report incidents.”

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Notes:
More information on Operation Traverse

Anyone witnessing illegal fishing incidents in progress can report it directly to the Environment Agency hotline, 0800 80 70 60. Information on illegal fishing and environmental crime can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You need a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence if you are aged 12 or over and fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England. You can buy a Rod Licence at Fishinginfo.co.uk

Media contact:
Paul Thomas, East of England Regional Enforcement Manager.paul.thomas@anglingtrust.net  07495 433621

Picture: 
Members of Essex Police, the Environement Agency and theAngling Trust at Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford.

Hi-res version and alternative picture available from:ed.noyes@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 the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.

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

Angling Trust Media Release22nd July 2016 Angling Trust Logo
Angling Trust backs Goring Hydropower protest on famous Thames WeirpoolThe national representative body for angling, the Angling Trust, has this week put its weight behind the legal challenge mounted by Goring Parish Council against South Oxfordshire District Council planners in a judicial review which is seeking to overturn the planning permission recently granted for a hydropower scheme on Goring Weir.The Trust has been highly critical of attempts to install hydropower schemes on lowland rivers without paying due regard to the likely impacts on fish habitat and spawning grounds. In a formal objection to the proposal to install three large Archimedes Screws on the main body of Goring Weir, Dr Alan Butterworth, Technical Adviser to the Angling Trust, wrote:“The river immediately downstream of the site is complex and includes two large weir pools which are renowned for the diversity of fish and quality of the fishery.  There are also small distributaries on either bank.  Weir pools on low gradient impounded rivers such as the Thames offer great diversity from the otherwise uniform habitats of the slower reaches.  They contain the only suitable spawning substrate clean gravel with flowing water – for various flow-dependent fish species such barbel, chub, dace and minnows. The scheme is likely to be detrimental to the wildlife both above and below the weir. The energy of water flowing over the weir sill is needed to oxygenate the water and scour the river gravels. Fish need oxygenated water and clean gravel for spawning. The turbines will reduce the flow of oxygenated water and therefore increase siltation.”Local campaigners claim that the Goring scheme flies in the face of the wishes of the majority of the local community in terms of visual impact within two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and  conservation areas, noise, flooding and biodiversity including the fish population and structure of the river.The river at Goring, praised as being ‘a charming place to stay’ by J.K Jerome in Three Men in a Boat is also a renowned angling spot.Mary Carr of Stop Goring Hydro said:“At Stop Goring Hydro we welcome the support from the Angling Trust and their kind donation towards the costs of our judicial review. It’s good to have on our side a national organisation with experience in fighting unacceptable schemes such as this. Quite rightly the Angling Trust experts have objected to the scheme on grounds of damage to the river and fishery and we hope that it will add weight to our case.”Martin Salter, the former Reading West MP who has fished the Thames at Goring for many years and who now works for the Angling Trust added:”This is a beautiful and famous stretch of the Thames which is now at risk of being blighted by these monstrous turbines which not only look awful but have a track record of mincing up fish and damaging the river. It is clear to us that the effect on fish and their associated habitats has not been adequately determined and there is a high likelihood that the important fish populations of the river will be compromised in the pursuit of an insignificant amount of electricity.”

The level of feeling is so strong that local people have joined forces to form an action group – Stop Goring Hydro, to fight the plans. They will emphasise just how damaging this scheme would be, highlight the deficiencies of SODC’s planning decision and  raise money to contribute towards the legal costs of the Judicial Review and the fight to stop this installation. In addition to technical support the Angling Trust is making a £200 donation to the fighting fund.

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Media contact: Martin Salter, National Campaigns and Policy Coordinator on 07976 946 033 or martin.salter@anglingtrust.net

Photo: Hydro protesters at Goring Lock with Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Martin Salter, National Campaigns Coordinator handing over a cheque to Mary Carr and supporters from ‘Stop Goring Hydro’.

Notes: Further information on the campaign including a summary of objections can be found at: stopgoringhydro@gmail.com

Angling Trust:
The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.

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

Angling Trust Media Release12th July 2016 Angling Trust Logo
Anglers and Fisheries Managers Call For Reforms To Outdated Netting RegulationsReform of inshore netting regulations is badly needed – that’s the message contained in a joint statement issued this week by the Angling Trust and Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM).The main culprit is the proliferation in the use of monofilament gill nets since their introduction in the 1970s.Since then their use has exploded and the technology of their design has made them increasingly efficient at catching. Yet the regulations around their use have often not kept up with both the technological advances and the pressure many fish stocks are now under as a result.For instance, adult, spawning bass in the North Sea were targeted by the multi-sheet trammel drift net fishery – a relatively recent technological development in netting that proved to be a particularly efficient catching method. Until the EU ban on drift netting for bass in 2016, multi-sheet trammel drift net fishing contributed to the decline in bass and has played its part in the stark scientific advice for zero catches of bass in 2017.The Angling Trust and IFM have published seven key recommendations for reforming inshore netting regulations fit for the 21st century.Included in these recommendations is the requirement for the Inshore Fishery & Conservation Authorities to review local netting bylaws and ensure they are fit for purpose.Ultimately, both the Angling Trust and Institute of Fisheries Management want to see the long term sustainable management of inshore fisheries. Reviewing the regulations around the use of nets includes the opportunity to see how our inshore fisheries could be managed more coherently and consider the unique management requirements of recreational sea angling and the socio-economic benefits that this would bring to coastal communities.The Angling Trust will be following up this joint statement with a dossier of evidence supporting the need to reform inshore netting regulations. The dossier will be published in the coming weeks and will be available on the Angling Trust website.David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine, said: “Flicking through old angling magazines from 1980 it’s clear that the increase in monofilament gill netting was a major concern back then. Thirty-six years later and the technology and use of these nets has increased dramatically while the regulations governing their use haven’t kept up resulting in the dramatic decline of many inshore fish stocks. Reform of netting regulations is long overdue.”Martin Salter, the Angling Trust’s National Campaigns Coordinator, emphasised: “There is a complete dog’s dinner of regulations, loopholes and exemptions covering inshore netting around our coast and it’s high time the rules governing the use of nets were reformed and fit for purpose in the 21st century. The Angling Trust will soon be publishing a dossier of evidence to support the need for reform.”

Adrian Taylor, IFM’s Director of External Affairs, said: “The regulations covering inshore netting have not kept pace with gear technology and increased fishing pressure. There is a pressing need for more sustainable fisheries management and the recommendations jointly agreed with the Angling Trust aim to achieve this.”

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Media contact: David Mitchell, Angling Trust Head of Marine, on 07946 263131. David.Mitchell@anglingtrust.net

Photo caption: Over-use of monofilament netting threatens fish stocks in inshore and estuarine waters around the UK and reform of regulation is long overdue.

Notes to editors:

The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) is an international organisation of people sharing a common interest in the modern management of recreational and commercial fisheries. The IFM is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable fisheries management. https://ifm.org.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 the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.

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

Angling Trust Media ReleaseTuesday, 5th July, 2016 Angling Trust Logo
Angling Trust joins European groups in highlighting benefits of angling to the EUThe Angling Trust and other members of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and European fishing tackle trade met with Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for the Environment and Fisheries, to highlight the huge social, environmental and economic benefits recreational angling brings to the EU.The meeting in Brussels, which was arranged before the UK voted to leave the European Union, was attended by Mark Owen, the Angling Trust’s Head of Freshwater and David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine – both of whom have been actively involved over many years defending fish and the rights of anglers at a European level.Amongst topics discussed with the Commissioner were the impact of bass conservation measures on anglers and the involvement of angling in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.David Mitchell, Angling Trust’s Head of Marine, said: “It is important that the Commissioner responsible for the management of fish stocks and the aquatic environment knows the social and economic importance of angling to wellbeing and the economy.“The UK is leaving the EU but there will be an immense amount of work to do figuring out how this will affect fish and fishing. We need to make sure angling isn’t invisible when a new relationship and agreements affecting fish and fishing develop between the UK and the EU.”Mark Owen, the Angling Trust’s Head of Freshwater, said: “It was apparent that the Commissioner very much valued the social and economic benefits of angling, given the 25 million anglers across Europe including the UK at present. We will be building on this recognition as we campaign to ensure that fish and fishing will not be impacted by leaving the EU.”ENDS -
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For more comment on the impact of Brexit on fish and fishing check out the Angling Trust’s Chief Executive’s recent blog on the issue HERENews on the meeting with Commissioner Vella can also be found on the EAA website HEREMedia contact:
David Mitchell, Head of Marine
david.mitchell@anglingtrust.net
Tel: 07946 263 131Angling Trust:
The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK.Find out all about the Angling Trust and its work atwww.anglingtrust.net or call us on 01568 620447
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Angling Trust News

All the latest news from the Angling Trust including …  our pledge following the EU referendum result, a plea to clubs and fisheries on rod licences, call for nominations for role of director and some great money-saving offers for Angling Trust members!

Brexit: the Angling Trust pledges to fight for best deal to protect fish and fishing

With the uncertainty surrounding what the EU referendum result will mean for fish and fishing, the Angling Trust has pledged to fight for the best deal possible and has issued the following statement:

1. The AT will press for existing EU environmental legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, all of which are written into UK law, to be maintained and implemented in full to protect fish and their habitats.

2. The AT will press for sensible regulation of agriculture, and for subsidies to be linked to the achievement of improved outcomes for the water environment.

3. The AT will fight to ensure any new arrangements for sea fisheries management benefit both fish stocks and recreational sea anglers.

4. At a time of immense political turmoil, the need is greater than ever for individuals, clubs and fisheries to join the Angling Trust & Fish Legal to give us the resources and political weight of numbers to speak up for fish and fishing and if necessary take legal action to influence the many fundamental decisions which will be made about management of the water environment over the coming months and years.

You can read more about what the Angling Trust pledges to do in The Inside Angle blog by Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

Fisheries and clubs: Please ask to see a rod licence

The Angling Trust is appealing to clubs and commercial fisheries to help ensure anglers contribute to protecting fisheries by making it a requirement of fishing on your waters that members and day ticket customers have a valid rod licence to fish.

One of the most common complaints we hear from anglers is that they don’t get their licence checked and so they know people are getting away with fishing without a licence.

If every club and fishery joined in, we could stamp out rod licence evasion and generate millions more to spend on fisheries within the Environment Agency. If you need advice about how to do this, please download a factsheet which contains the correct wording for your rules.

Vacancy: Director with financial skills to join board

The Angling Trust is seeking to appoint a director with financial expertise to join the board. The successful applicant would oversee the Angling Trust’s accounting functions and financial planning, and work closely with the Chief Executive and Head of Finance and Business to formulate financial targets and strategies.

The role is voluntary although travel expenses can be claimed.

> Click here for job description and how to apply

Call for nominations for role of director – deadline Friday, 22nd July

Nominations are being sought for the role of director of the Angling Trust. If you wish to stand or nominate someone for election, please provide a short description of the skills, knowledge and attributes the nominee would bring to the position in no more than 300 words. These descriptions will be used to inform members of the candidates standing prior to the AGM in October.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, 22nd July 2016, and nominees must be eligible to act as a director of a limited company and not be debarred from holding a directorship. Nominations can only be accepted from members of the Angling Trust.

Send your nominations by post to: Company Secretary, Angling Trust, Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, HR6 8DQ

Or by email to georgina.miller@anglingtrust.net using the subject title of “Director Nomination”.

Your views needed on bass fishing

The Angling Trust is calling on bass anglers to help us get a better deal on recreational fishing by taking part in a short survey. Together with the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS), we are gathering evidence on the economic impacts on charter boats, the tackle trade and the local economy of the unfair landing restrictions that were imposed on recreational bass anglers last December.

> Read more

Catch a crucian … and snap up a prize!

There’s still time to get out there and catch a crucian to enter in the new photo competition supported and judged by Chris Yates, Hugh Miles, the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project.

There’s some great prizes on offer, too. As long as your picture is taken in the month of June it is eligible.

> All the details here

Grant-writing workshops – book your place!

Spaces are still available on the Angling Trust’s grant-writing skills workshops which are being held across the country up to February, 2017.

The free workshops are supported by the Environment Agency and are aimed at training angling clubs and fisheries on how to increase their chance of successfully bidding for funding to improve their facilities.

> Read more

Have you got yours yet?

If you are due to get a rod licence go to our websitewww.fishinginfo.co.uk and click on “Buy A Rod Licence”. While you’re there check out river and weather conditions and “bookmark” your local fishing events, clubs, venues and tackle shops so you can find them quickly next time.

Free workshops on fisheries enforcement

The final two regional Fisheries Enforcement Workshops, hosted by the Angling Trust, are due to be held next month in the North West and South West.

With sessions from our Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, Environment Agency, Institute of Fisheries Management and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, these are fantastic opportunities for anyone wishing to learn more about how best to police and protect their waters. For more information, contact karen.sarkar@anglingtrust.net

Want to join the Voluntary Bailiff Service?

The Voluntary Bailiff Service is now recruiting for additional Phase 1 volunteers to join the 250 anglers now trained to report incidents and support the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries.

> Click here for more information

Don’t forget to follow Facebook in your Region

We’ve launched new Facebook pages for the Angling Trust’s Regions providing information relevant to where you live to keep you updated on local meetings and forums, enforcement work, pollution issues, participation events and other news.

Click here to find a link to your Region’s page on the Angling Trust Facebook site – please follow any that are relevant to where you live or go fishing.

The Rivers Trust seeking fisheries specialist

The Rivers Trust is advertising for a Fisheries Technical Specialist to lead on the development and roll-out of an exciting new initiative “Your Fisheries” that adopts a partnership approach to fisheries management at a catchment scale. Salary £25,228 – £33,638 pa (plus benefits).

> More details here

Support legal bid to Stop Goring Hydro

The Angling Trust is supporting the Stop Goring Hydro group which is launching a legal challenge to protect the River Thames from a major hydropower development.

The group promoting the scheme have launched a survey and we are encouraging objectors to show them just how much opposition there is to it. The survey will only take up to 5 minutes to complete and there are boxes where you can, if you wish, add comments.

> Click here for survey

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Action against farmer over Bowden Burn fish deaths

SEPA has announced it is to take action against a farmer under the Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009 following a major fish kill on the Bowden Burn, a tributary of the river Tweed, that occurred in April 2015.

Fish Legal on behalf of River Tweed Commission (RTC) has been pressing SEPA to take action on the basis that there is a presumption for it to do so under its own Enforcement policy.  Fish Legal will advise RTC on the measures put forward by the farmer.

Vacancy: new Chairman for Fish Legal

With the planned retirement of the current post holder, Fish Legal is seeking to appoint a new Chairman to lead the association through the next stage of expansion and development. This is a voluntary role, although travel expenses can be claimed, and the Chairman is expected to commit approximately two days per month on average.

> Cick here for job description and how to apply

Siummer’s here! Get Fishing with the Angling Trust
With over 100 angling events planned for the summer, there’s sure to be one nearby where you, friends and family can enjoy a day’s fishing. Our Get Into Angling, Let’s Go Family Fishing, Get Back Into Angling and Family Fishing events have something for everyone – whether you are a regular angler who wants to introduce a friend or family member, or even if you just know someone who hasn’t been for a couple of years and needs a hand getting to grips with the latest kit and methods. Check out the events on fishinginfo.co.uk or getfishing.anglingtrust.net

Get Back Into Angling

If you know someone who wants to start angling again, but has been too busy with work, family or any other reason, here’s the ideal opportunity to help them get back into angling!

Please forward them this email.

Let’s Go Family Fishing

Come and get the whole family to try something new at our quality assured angling sessions. These events are a great way to show kids new skills in the outdoors – best of all it won’t cost you a penny! For families of all ages and experience levels – complete newcomers really welcome. Parents and grandparents – just bring the kids along and have a go yourself!

Find your nearest Let’s Go Family Fishing dates HERE

Get Into Angling

We’re providing free coaching to 11-25 year-olds who don’t know where, how or who to go fishing with and need tackle to get into angling. Participants can work towards a personal angling challenge and then be supported to keep going fishing. Look out for these events as they are added toFacebook in the next weeks…

Family Fishing

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different fun activities? Want to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner who would like to be introduced to fishing, learn a new tactic or brush up on forgotten skills?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ then why not come along to one of ourFamily Fishing Fun Days!

‘Family Fishing’ is a partnership between the charity, ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’and The Angling Trust.

National Fishing Month – 22nd July to 29th August 2016

National Fishing Month aims to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone! Please take this opportunity to encourage someone you know to have a go at this wonderful sport. Find National Fishing Month Events atnationalfishingmonth.com

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

FREE £25 CASH from Fish’O'Mania sponsors

partypoker are celebrating their title sponsorship of this year’s Fish‘O’Mania by offering anglers and FishO fans an exclusive sign-up offer – all new partypoker accounts registered via the link below and using promo code FISHOMANIA receive £25 cash in account on registration, plus an extra £10 cash and £15 tournament dollars when you make your first deposit of £10 or more. Over 18s only.

> Click here to register

Win £2,000 with partypoker Guess The Weight!

Our partypoker Fish‘O’Mania Guess The Weight competition is back, with another £5,000 to give away. Entry is simple; just predict the winning weight of this year’s partypoker Fish’O’Mania Grand Final and all correct predictions will be entered into the prize draw with a winner’s prize of £2,000 and three runners-up prizes of £1,000!

Entry is exclusive for partypoker account holders but if you don’t have one, register a free account and receive £25 cash in account on registration, plus an extra £10 cash and  £15 tournament dollars when you make your first deposit of £10 or more when you sign up via the link here using promo code FISHOMANIA. Over 18s only.

> Click here to register

Cadets & Junior Angling Championships

Partridge Lakes complex in Cheshire played host to this year’s Angling Trust Cadets and Junior Angling Championships. Although there were some magnificent catches by those taking part, it was disappointing to see only nine teams compete in the Junior Championship, five fewer than last year.

> Click here for all the results

Great Offers for new Angling Trust Members
Angling Trust members get lots of great special offers and discounts. Check out all our membership benefits on the Angling Trust website. To access these offers you will need a membership number soplease join and support our campaigns for fish and fishing.

Special offer: 25% off Game Fair tickets at Ragley Hall

A special discounted rate of £15 per adult day-ticket is available to Angling Trust members visiting The Game Fair at Ragley Hall this summer. To access this discount, simply clickHERE and enter your Angling Trust membership number (printed on your membership card).

You’ll benefit from The Game Fair’s plans to make the event as inclusive as possible for all visitors to Ragley Hall plus members of the Angling Trust will have access to privileged rates and services as well as discounts on packages including have-a-go sessions.

> All the latest news from The Game Fair

Get 15% off all Cotswold Outdoor purchases

Cotswold Outdoor offer individual Angling Trust members 15% off all purchases at all its stores nationwide, on online and mail order purchases.

For more information on how to take advantage of this fabulous money-saving offer, click here

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Friday, June 17th, 2016

With the rivers now open for coarse fishing, it’s the perfect time to catch up with the latest FishingInfo news and views. Tight lines!

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FishgInfo Survey – tell us what you think.

We want to make FishingInfo even better, but which bits do you rate – or slate – and what else would you like to see on there?

We’ve put a short, 5 question survey together and we’d love to hear what you have to say. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in so please take part by clicking here:

 

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The Glorious 16th has passed!

And that means one thing- the rivers are now open for coarse fishing. We hope you have an action packed and successful 2016/17 season!

Don’t forget, you can get up-to-date and recent river levels through FishingInfo.co.uk to make the most of each trip ‘down the river’ with the right tactics and tackle. Check them out here: http://fishinginfo.co.uk/index.html#se ch

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Our ‘Fantastic’ Competition- Final Round

What a ‘Brillliant’ competition we’ve had, winning Mr Whitehouse’s clothes from the FishingInfo video, but it has to end! As this is the final round, we’ll give away the Purple hoody, ‘Homies’ hat and we’ll throw in his jeans too!  Simply watch the video and complete the sentence below:

What is fishing or ‘angling’ like, only wetter?

>Watch the video HERE

E-mail your ANSWERS HERE

 

The winner of the last round is Nick White, Essex – Green jacket and ‘WOW’ hat are in the post!

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Show us what you’ve got….

Have you been fishing anywhere recently and had a great day out? Maybe you’ve caught something special you want to show everyone?

Let us know by sharing your pictures and venue reviews on our social media -  we’re always keen to hear from you!

Check out our Angling Trust  Facebook and Twitter … and our FishingInfo Facebook and Twitter

Go on, get involved with the FishingInfo community!

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Get Shooting Those Videos!

We’ve now reached the half-way point in the time slot for shooting a video and entering it into the Angling Trust Video battle, run in conjunction with FishingInfo.co.uk.

Videos can be about anything to do with angling, but entries need to be in by 31st July. We’ve some great judges lined up too!

More info available on our Facebook page HERE.

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Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

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Angling Trust News

All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal … including a record-breaking fine for polluter, petition to protect bass stocks, campaign to get people fishing more often and the chance to win a day’s shooting for you and eight pals!

Thames Water fined £1 million for canal pollution

Thames Water has been fined a record-breaking £1 million for polluting the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire between July 2012 and April 2013 with sewage due to poorly performing screens. We have seen a number of much larger fines for polluters in recent months in response to new sentencing guidelines which have been introduced after a consultation to which the Angling Trust & Fish Legal responded.

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Dredging ditches could lead to more flooding

The Angling Trust believes Defra’s proposals to allow farmers to dredge ‘ditches’ without seeking permission from the Environment Agency could increase the risk of flooding in towns and cities and cause widespread damage to the environment. We are calling on the Secretary of State to reconsider and look at how rivers can be better protected from unsustainable farming that is causing widespread soil erosion.

> Read more

Help protect bass stocks – sign the petition

It was great to see so many anglers – including Angling Trust ambassador Matt Hayes – getting behind the petition calling on the government to ban gill netting during the close season to protect bass stocks.

More than 12,000 people have now signed the petition – you can add your weight to the campaign below:

> Sign petition and help protect bass stocks

Win a fabulous day’s shooting for you and 8 pals!

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a day’s shooting at the prestigious Hurdcott/Compton Chamberlayne shoot in Wiltshire for you and up to eight other guns – and support the work of Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the same time.

Tickets, costing £100, are strictly limited to 300 – so the odds are good, particularly if everyone in your team buys a ticket!

> Read more

Our man John Cheyne crowned drop shot champion

Congratulations to the Angling Trust’s John Cheyne and his neighbour Steve Wilson who were crowned 2015 Angling Times Fox Rage National Drop Shot Champions, held on the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire.

The lure fishing fanatics tempted 22 fish for a combined length of 301cms, including a 41cms pike and a 23cms perch.

John is the Angling Trust’s National Regions Manager.

Update to Best Practice Guide for angling club bailiffs

Changes in the law mean that angling club bailiffs can no longer be checked for criminal records through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Angling Trust’s Best Practice Guide for angling club bailiffs is packed with essential information including the law, process, health & safety and risk assessment. Download a copy below:

> Best Practice Guide for angling club bailiffs

Floods: Have all the lessons learned been ignored?

“The current Environment Secretary Liz Truss needs to explain to flood victims why she favours protecting farmland over homes or at least admit that she has not yet grasped the laws of gravity…”

So says Martin Salter in his latest Fighting For Fishing blog.

> Read it here

Fish Legal News

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Water companies fail to co-operate on sewage outfalls

Nearly 2,000 sewage outfalls are still not being properly regulated by the Environment Agency because water companies are failing to tell the regulator what exactly is coming out of the pipes, a freedom of information request by the Angling Trust and Fish Legal has uncovered.

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Sea anglers: Support initiative to improve the Clyde

There’s still time for recreational sea anglers to support an initiative which could help reverse the declines in inshore fish populations on the Firth of Clyde. The Scottish Government is seeking comments by next Monday on a proposal which could dramatically improve inshore fishing.

> Read more

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Paul wins £200 Daiwa tackle in our free prize draw

Congratulations to Paul Butler – he’s just won £200 of Daiwa tackle in our annual draw for subscribers to the Angling Trust and Fish Legal’s free e-news updates.

For a chance of winning in the next free prize draw make sure you subscribe here.

River levels and much more on fishinginfo.co.uk

Have you checked out our handy website to help keep you safe from the floods and provide advice to catch more fish?FishingInfo.co.uk provides river level and weather data from the Environment Agency and Met Office – as well as information on fishing venues, tackle shops and local clubs.

> Go to fishinginfo.co.uk to find out more

Have your say on offshore wind farms

Have you ever thought about how renewable energy from the marine environment is affecting your angling? Do you think offshore wind farms affect your catches?

There’s still time for sea anglers to take part in a survey run by Plymouth Marine Laboratory to find out opinions and experiences of offshore wind farms around the UK.

> Complete the survey here

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

Get Out There – Go Fishing!

The Angling Trust’s Participation Team have launced a new campaign this month to get more people fishing more often under the slogan: ‘Get Out There – Go Fishing!’

You can check out the videos, chat and top tips on their new Facebook page below:

> Get Out There – Go Fishing!

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Deadline 26th January for Fish ‘O’ Mania online entry

Online entry for Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII 2016 has now opened on the Angling Trust website … and anyone wishing to take part has until 26th January to register.

Run by Matchroom Sport and the Angling Trust, this year’s competition has a guaranteed top prize of £50,000 with qualifiers increased from 16 to 28 venues.

> Read more

Book for Feeder Masters – £12,000 fist prize!

As expected, there’s been a huge volume of calls to book for the Feeder Masters competition and the Angling Trust would like to pass on thanks for everyone’s patience during this busy time. There are still some places available – so if you fancy the chance to win a guaranteed first prize of £12,000 ring the Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301 or 0115 9061 323 between 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Great Offers for new Angling Trust Members
Angling Trust members get lots of great special offers and discounts. Check out all our membership benefits on the Angling Trust website. To access these offers you will need a membership number soplease join and support our campaigns for fish and fishing.

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10% Off for Angling Trust members on Nordik OCTBOX

The Nordik Brand was created with the aim of providing innovative, quality products at unbeatable value for money prices. Their range of OCTBOX seat boxes have created a buzz in match fishing circles and in a special deal for our members, Nordik are offering 10% off for online orders.

> Click here for info and more great offers

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Friday, 18th December, 2015

All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and lots of great fishing trips in the New Year!

Thank you for subscribing for e-news from the Angling Trust & Fish Legal and FishingInfo.co.uk. In this edition there is news for followers of sea, coarse and game fishing plus more details of how to enter our Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII 2016 competition with a guaranteed first prize of £50,000.

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Angling Trust News

EU ruling ‘will not halt the decline in bass stocks’

Organisations representing Britain’s 800,000 sea anglers have reacted furiously to the news that EU Fisheries Ministers, including the UK’s George Eustice, have caved in to pressure from commercial fishing interests and granted exemptions to the highly damaging bass gill net fishery.

> Read more

New recruits spreading the ‘fish lawfully’ message

The Angling Trust has recruited two more Eastern Europeans to further encourage legal fishing in England. They have joined the Trust’s Building Bridges project aimed at educating migrant anglers on our conservation-based angling culture and ‘catch and release’ practice.

> Read more

Summit report in battle to halt decline in salmon stocks

The Environment Agency has issued a summary record of the different sessions at last month’s Salmon Summit in London, held to raise awareness of the depleted salmon stocks in England and attended by the Angling Trust and other concerned fisheries organisations.

> Read more

Fish Legal News

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Support better fishing for sea anglers in Scotland

Recreational sea anglers are being urged to support an initiative which could help reverse the declines in inshore fish populations on the Firth of Clyde.

> Read more

Fish Legal calls for action to save river Dee

Fish Legal has called on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to take action and prevent a major environmental incident to the river Dee.

> Read more

Water company fined £300,000 for sewage pollution

South West Water has been fined £300,000 for polluting a stream in Devon following the introduction of new higher sentencing guidelines for environmental offences.

> Read more

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John’s our ‘Introduce A Friend’ tackle winner

Congratulations to Angling Trust member John Bennett, winner of our ‘Introduce A Friend’ competition. John, from Mexborough in South Yorkshire, receives £200 of Daiwa tackle of his choioce after entering the competition to introduce a newcomer to the Trust.

John, who celebrates his 70th birthday in January, still goes match and pleasure fishing in summer – and lists a 20lb common carp among his prize catches.

Check out your river levels on fishinginfo.co.uk

Going fishing over the festive period? FishingInfo.co.ukprovides river level and weather data straight from the Environment Agency and Met Office – as well as information on fishing venues, tackle shops and local clubs.

> Go to fishinginfo.co.uk to find out more

New list published for British record sea fish

The British Record (rod caught) Fish Committee has updated its Sea Fish and Notable Fish listings following ratification of claims for new records.

Among the new captures is 16-year-old Ollie Stenning’s 8lb 7oz 4dr thin-lipped mullet caught off the coast of Guernsey.

> Read more

It’s a funny old fishing world

With two new Project Officers speaking Polish and Lithuanian, the Angling Trust’s Building Bridges project aimed at educating migrant anglers to fish lawfully and follow our ‘catch and release’ culture continues to expand.

But why does our regular blogger Dilip Sarkar MBE think it’s a funny old world?

> Read the latest Lines On The Water blog

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

Sea anglers … still time to enter the great Species Hunt

Check out our Species Hunt for sea anglers pages with all the latest results and news. The competition has great prizes and there’s more chances to win in this year’s competition.

> Go to www.anglingtrust.net/specieshunt and get hunting!

Please download and display the Species Hunt poster.

 

Competition News
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Fish ‘O’ Mania online entry date announced

Online entry for Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII 2016 goes live on the Angling Trust website on Tuesday, 5th January, 2016 … with £50,000 top prize for the overall winner!

Run by Matchroom Sport and the Angling Trust, tickets cost £25 with qualifier venues increasing from 16 to 28.

> Read more

Great Offers for new Angling Trust Members
Angling Trust members get lots of great special offers and discounts. Check out all our membership benefits on our website. To access these offers you will need a membership number so please join and support our campaigns for fish and fishing.

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The biggest discounts on Bauer Media fishing magazines!

Angling Trust members can get an amazing exclusive deal when they subscribe to Bauer Media’s fishing publications and magazines including the Angling Times, Improve Your Coarse Fishing, Sea Angler, Trout & Salmon, and Trout Fisherman. If you are still stuck for a Christmas present, why not consider a subscription for a relative or friend? But hurry… offer ends December 31st.

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25% off Water-to-Go bottles

Water-to-Go bottles are perfect for anglers. They use three different technologies to filter over 99.9% of all contaminants in water. The medium used in the filter was designed for NASA’s space programme and has been tested by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. When it comes into contact with water you get clean water at a fraction of the cost of bottled water.

In an exclusive new offer, our individual members can get a whopping 25% off at checkout using code TRUST25.

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Fish Legal Media ReleaseMonday, November 23rd, 2015 Fish Legal
Fish Legal in High Court battle to save rare endangered fish at Llyn Padarn in North WalesThe latest round of litigation to save the endangered Arctic char at Llyn Padarn in North Wales is set to kick off on the 24th November at Caernarfon court centre.Fish Legal, representing its member club the Seiont Gwyrfai & Llyfni Anglers’ Society (the “Society”), will confront Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Ministers and Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water (DCWW) in a 2-3 day Judicial Review trial.Fish Legal and the Society are seeking to establish that the regulator has (yet again) taken an unlawfully narrow view of what constitutes environmental damage to the char and its protected habitat, primarily from the raw sewage and treated effluent discharged by DCWW into the lake and surrounding area.The fish is a genetically unique variety of char found only at Llyn Padarn and so is of high conservation value. The lake and the fish are notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (or SSSI), and form part of the Society’s fishing.A further complaint, principally against the Welsh Ministers, is that they have failed to implement EU law obligations correctly in this area (under the Environmental Liability Directive), such that the wrong law is being applied by the regulator.This new legal action follows on from a previous successful judicial review claim won by Fish Legal against NRW in May 2014. The anglers successfully argued then that NRW had failed to apply the correct implementation date for assessing damage to the fish from the pollution, and so it had not applied the law correctly. NRW was ordered by the court to re-do its investigation, but unfortunately this second attempt contains further legal errors, according to the Society.NRW has told Dŵr Cymru / Welsh Water that it is liable for just one aspect of the overall damage, namely having caused a toxic algal bloom in 2009. However, the regulator has failed to go further than that and identify that damage is being caused from treated and raw sewage entering the lake on an ongoing basis, to the char population or to its habitat.Huw Hughes, the Society’s Secretary, said: “I have been involved in this situation since 1992, but it seems only now the regulator and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water are slowly coming to terms with having caused this damage, and even now we are having to take them to court. It’s been awful.”William Rundle, Head Solicitor at Fish Legal, commented:“Natural Resources Wales has presided over long-term damage to the lake and its protected fish. In large part this is through its failure to regulate appropriately the sewage pollution impacts. Even now, it would seem that they are not applying the relevant legal framework to properly safeguard the char’s future.”Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said: “The regulator’s management of this situation over more than two decades has been a complete shambles and we hope that this judicial review will finally make them get a grip. It is well documented that sewage discharges have degraded this wonderful lake and its fish stocks, by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water pouring raw and treated sewage effluent into its waters. We cannot understand why NRW does not require DCWW to divert the sewage away from this conservation site.”