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Angling Trust

Written By: Mark Lyod
On Date: 15/5/2018

Saving the Earth report calls for changes in farming to protect our rivers and lakes from pollution Our Saving the Earth report - produced in partnership with WWF and The Rivers Trust - has received widespread support following its launch at the House of Commons. The report calls for changes in the way land is managed to protect rivers, lakes and estuaries from pollution and reduce costs from flooding, water shortages, dredging and water treatment.
Read the full report
What the politicians said

EA publishes findings into coarse close season review

The Environment Agency has published its findings following the review it carried out with the Angling Trust and Institute of Fisheries Management into the coarse fish close season on English rivers. The study group assessed all readily available scientific evidence and concluded there was a lack of studies specifically addressing the issues of concern but found no conclusive evidence that the close season is necessary to protect fish stocks in rivers.
You can read all the findings and what happens next on the Angling Trust website

New salmon and sea trout byelaws deferred until 2019

Proposed National Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws, some of which would have taken effect from next month and include mandatory catch and release on certain rivers, have been deferred until the 2019 season. The Environment Agency says there is now insufficient time to give adequate notice to fisheries affected. New measures affecting a number of net fisheries will also not now be implemented in 2018.
Environment Agency's full statement

Public inquiry fighting fund launched to protect Itchen
Campaigners in Hampshire are raising funds to oppose massive development plans that threaten fishery habitat in the River Itchen as well as other aquatic life, ancient woodlands and neighbouring countryside. Money raised will help Action against Destructive Development fight the plans at the forthcoming public inquiry. Donations will be gratefully received and acknowledged. The Angling Trust supports the campaign and spoke at a recent council meeting opposing the plans. Find out more

'Take 5' anglers pick up 30 bags of litter from riverbank

Members of Chester Le Street & District Angling Club collected over 30 bags of rubbish during a litter pick on the banks of the town’s River Wear and at Cocken Farm, a private estate water just upstream. The anglers are keen supporters of the Angling Trust's 'Take 5' litter campaign, organised in partnership with the Environment Agency. Read more

Act now ... have your say on water company plans

Many water companies currently have their latest draft Water Resource Management Plans (WRMPs) out for public consultation. These are the companies that take water out of our precious rivers, affecting the water environment, fish and other wildlife that depend upon it. What eventually makes it into these plans will have major implications for our rivers over the next five years or more so now's the ideal opportunity to make sure anglers' voices are heard.
Have Your Say

Petition to curb poultry industry
The Brecon and Radnor Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales are urging anglers to sign their petition to control rapidly expanding intensive poultry industry in Wales. There have been 99 applications for poultry units in the past 30 months, with only one refused, and slurry from chicken sheds and manure spreading is a threat to protected rivers. Click to sign petition - you don't have to live in Wales to sign.

Demand for moratorium on salmon farming expansion

The Angling Trust and Fish Legal are among 27 organisations calling for a moratorium on any new open cage marine salmon farms in Scotland or any expansion of existing sites. The joint statement says that until current failings in the regulation of the salmon farming industry and environmental problems are resolved, any expansion of the industry would be unsustainable and may cause irrecoverable damage to the environment. Read more

Master & Apprentice fishing for Macmillan

Want to help fellow anglers raise money for a good cause? John Allerton and Kev Holvey are seeking support and donations for their Master & Apprentice coaching and match fishing days in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Find out more on their Facebook page

News from Fish Legal
Unlawful hydroelectic scheme 'unlikely to face any action'
Fish Legal has discovered that a hydroscheme at Stringers Weir on the River Goyt has been generating electricity unlawfully for over a year - but the developer is unlikely to face enforcement action by the Environment Agency. Fish Legal made a series of Freedom of Information requests on behalf of Stockport and District Anglers Federation and despite the multiple offences committed, the Agency has decided that “the best outcome for the environment is for the river to restore itself".
Read more

Scottish beavers 'risk to salmon'
Fish Legal has questioned whether appropriate mitigation measures have been identified in a response to a Scottish Government consultation on their proposal to reintroduce European beavers into Scotland. An environmental report commissioned by the Scottish Government concluded that “without mitigation, the reintroduction of beaver is likely to have a significant impact on salmon”. Read more

Let's Get Fishing
Get involved with World Fishing Day
We’ve joined up with World Fishing Day to help angling clubs and fisheries run their own World Fishing Day events on Saturday June 23rd. Please encourage your club or fishery to join in this huge celebration of fishing, introduce newcomers to angling and become part of the publicity surrounding the day. It’s a great way of encouraging interest in your organisation and we can help organise and promote your event. Read how to get involved

Over 300 angling events this summer - find one near you!

Get Fishing, our national campaign to get more people to give fishing a go, now has over 300 fun, safe and friendly angling events across England. We’ve been busy working with clubs, coaches and fisheries to offer hundreds of Family Fishing sessions to people of all ages and abilities, and along with events delivered in partnership with Get Hooked on Fishing, National Fishing Month and Canal & River Trust there will be almost daily opportunities to discover fishing this year. Find an event

Great initiative will bring stream of new fly fishers

The Get Fishing team are really enthusiastic about the launch of a brilliant new initiative that’s been founded with the sole purpose of getting more people involved in fly fishing.
The Stream Collective will provide a structured and accessible pathway for anyone who would like to take up the sport.
You can check out the website and follow our social media to hear how we are supporting its drive to get more people involved in the wonders of angling.

Tributes to stalwarts
Sad to report the passing away of two angling stalwarts in recent weeks.

David Rowe dedicated much of his life to the protection of fish and fishing. During his time with the National Federation of Sea Anglers he helped develop the angling coaching scheme and managed the first British team to win gold at the World Championships.

Steve Smart, of South Cerney Angling Club, was a popular match angler and licensed angling coach who knew how to make fishing fun for those he taught. Read the tributes

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Big discounts for Angling Trust members!

Your Angling Trust membership entitles you to big savings on products and services from trade partners - and we've managed to secure some fantastic new offers for you! There are huge savings on kitchen appliances, big discounts on dozens of top clothing brands, offers on fishing tackle ... and more. Don't forget, your membership also gives you 10% off day and season tickets at nearly 100 fishing venues, free £10m public liability insurance and entry to Angling Trust only fishing matches.

Finygo ... mobile app for anglers
If you’re an active angler, our latest trade member Finygo could be ideal for you. Finygo is a mobile app that enables you to record your fishing activity, track progress at each venue you fish, and identify patterns and trends with advanced analysis. Find out more

Competition News

England Ladies land a sponsor
Milton Keynes-based law firm Joseph James Law is to sponsor the England Ladies coarse angling team for an initial period of one year. England Ladies are currently ranked number 3 in the world and will look to improve on that position when they head to Poland in August to compete in the 25th FIPS-ed Coarse Angling World Championships. Read more

Tickets for Carp Championships
Tickets are now available for the Angling Trust Carp Championships qualifying matches, being held at Boddington and Clattercote Reservoirs. With a poitential prize pool of £7,000, the final will be on Saturday, September 8th at Barston Lakes. Find out more

Vacancy: Head of Marketing wanted to drive membership
Want to work for the Angling Trust? We are currently looking to appoint a Head of Marketing to lead the development and implementation of marketing strategies to grow and retain individual, club and fishery memberships. An attractive salary awaits the right candidate who will have experience of leading national marketing campaigns and brand management, manging websites and CRM systems, and in managing teams of staff. Closing date: May 21st. Find out more

Not yet a member? Join the Angling Trust today for £29 and get a Fishing Megastore voucher worth £29!

The Angling Trust has a great offer for new members - join today and we'll give you a £29 voucher to spend at Fishing Megastore, the online tackle and clothing store of Glasgow Angling Centre. The offer is available to all adult and senior citizen members of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal who make an annual subscription payment and who have not held a valid membership in the past two years. Remember ... by becoming a member you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in marine and freshwater environments and to campaign against threats to angling. If you're already a member, why not forward to a friend or family member?

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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