All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal DECEMBER 1st, 2015

Our court battle to protect precious rivers in England has received a welcome boost; new draft measures to halt the decline in salmon stocks have been announced; plus why our Riverfest 2015 champion is following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather…


Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

Court decision will help protect precious rivers

The Angling Trust, Fish Legal and WWF-UK have secured a major step forward for the protection of England’s most important rivers and wetlands from agricultural pollution.

At a Judicial Review in the High Court, the three organisations claimed ministerial involvement had stifled action to address harmful pollution from farms.

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Defra’s proposals

‘fall short of what is needed’

Meanwhile, Defra’s proposals to control agricultural pollution have been slammed by the Angling Trust’s Head of Freshwater Mark Owen for not going far enough to tackle the problem.

“The rules duplicate many existing regulations and even if they were enforced they would only lead to a decrease in phosphate pollution of 2.4% when the government’s own figures show a need to reduce it by 48%,” said Mark.

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New draft measures to halt decline in salmon stocks

A summit has been held at Defra to discuss how to address failing stocks of Atlantic salmon in England after 2014’s catches were the lowest on record.

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal, who are leading a Save Our Salmon campaign, along with other concerned organisations proposed a number of immediate actions including an end to all netting of salmon.

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Action needed to stop waste site falling into the sea

The Angling Trust and Marine Conservation Society have written to two councils in Devon urging them to take action to stop a landfill site at the mouth of the Taw and Torridge estuary being washed into the sea.

Household waste has been washed into the sea with every storm over the past five years, leading to pollution fears which could threaten stocks of salmon, sea trout and bass.

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Fish Legal News

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Court fight to save rare endangered fish at Llyn Padarn

The latest round of litigation to save the endangered Arctic char at Llyn Padarn in North Wales has taken place at Caernarfon court centre against Natural Resources Wales, Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water, and the Welsh Ministers.

Fish Legal is seeking to establish that the regulator has taken an unlawfully narrow view of what constitutes environmental damage to the char and its protected habitat.

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Company ‘tests the water’ on environment requests

The Information Commissioner has rejected a water company’s argument over abstracted and contained water which could have limited the amount of information they are under a legal duty to disclose to the public.

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What to do if you spot dead fish on your waters

Would you know what to do if you found dead or dying fish on your waters?

In the first instance, the relevant statutory body needs to be contacted but then there are some important steps to take to enable Fish Legal to act effectively on behalf of its members.

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

Bass crisis: Read Martin Salter’s latest blog

“The bass crisis has been brought about by years of overfishing compounded, until recently, by a marked reluctance by fishery managers and politicians to heed the ever more apocalyptic warnings from scientists…”

So says Martin Salter, the Angling Trust’s National Campaigns Manager, in his latest ‘Fighting For Fishing’ blog.

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Apply for funding for your angling project

Is your club or fishery planning to erect otter-proof fencing? Predation is one of the themes in the latest round of funding from the Angling Improvement Fund and applicants have until December 18th to submit their bid.

Up to 50 projects are expected to be supported between now and the end of March after the Environment Agency released £200,000 for the fund from the sale of rod licences.

> Read here for more information.

Pallatrax win gold for being green!

Congratulations to Angling Trust trade member and supporter Pallatrax! They’ve just won gold at the prestigious global Green Apple Awards for their natural Stonze fishing weights.

The awards are in recognition of international environmental best practice and companies from all over the world joined the ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

View the products at

Match A Hatch ideal for trout anglers

There’s a new app for trout anglers worth checking out called Match A Hatch. It has beautiful and detailed pictures of all the major dry flies from the highly respected Dr Cyril Bennett MBE, and suggestions for the artificial flies that imitate them.

The app also provides a guide to the likely flies you will find hatching each month and costs just £2.99.

More details at or download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please Vote For Get Hooked on Fishing

Get Hooked on Fishing has been nominated for the ‘Achievement 2015′ category in Angling Times’ National Angling Awards for the Family Fishing campaign which engaged with 5,000+ anglers.

> Please go to and vote now!

Check out your river levels on

At this time of year, anglers need all kinds of useful information to help fishing be as successful as possible. provides 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 to find out more

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 and get hunting!

Please download and display the Species Hunt poster.


Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Legend’s grandson lands RiverFest 2015 title

Tom Lane, grandson of fishing legend Billy Lane, landed the prestigious two-day Angling Trust RiverFest 2015 title on the River Wye at Hereford – and £12,000 prize money!

Lying in 62nd position after Day One, Tom stormed back the following day after heavy overnight rain swelled the Wye to around 11ft over summer level. He landed nine barbel weighing 43lb for an overall match-winning total of 44lb 10oz.

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Chance to join Fly Fishing Competitions Committee

There’s still time to join our Team England Fly Fishing Competitions Committee. The Angling Trust is inviting applications from  experienced, passionate and dedicated volunteers. Closing date for applications is December 18th.

> Read more and apply

Enter the National Fishing League
Winter Season and win prizes

The National Fishing League Winter Season is underway but it’s not too late to register to win prizes. It’s FREE and you could be crowned National Fishing League Champion!

> Prize info and entry details

New Member Offers
Some great new 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.

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. A subscription would make a great Christmas present 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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