All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal May 2015

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

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

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

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The Angling Raffle – Have You Entered Yet?
Top Prize is an amazing £8,500 Fishing Holiday in Venezuela!
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Angling Trust Joins Climate Coalition

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

New Funding Opportunities for Community Projects

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

Rick Warner, National Angling Strategy Manager:

Saltwater Species Hunt Success

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

Angling Trust Job Vacancies

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

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

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

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Fisheries Enforcement Campaign News

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

Angling Trust Brief Environment Agency Incident Service Call-Takers

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

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

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

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Poland vs England Lure Match Helps Build Bridges

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

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Environmental Regulators Show Backbone?

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

Speak Up For The Habitats Directive

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

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

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

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

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

Vote for Get Hooked on Fishing to Win Community Funding

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

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

New Appointments to Angling Trust Board

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

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FLE: Refocusing on the Outdoors Through Angling

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

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

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

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

Emily can be contacted at:

Sign Up for the Canal & Rivers Trust Anglers’ Update

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

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Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Greys Fishing to Support Fly Fishing Teams and Competitions

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

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Please Help the Angling Trust England Ladies Coarse Fishing Team

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

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Dates for your diary…

Family Fishing Fun Day West Midlands: 27th May

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

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

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

The 20th Anniversary Barbel Show: 7th June

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

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD

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