All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Thursday 30th April 2015

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News
Read how your vote could influence angling, sign a petition to prevent the pollution of an iconic chalk stream, get involved with the issue of tidal lagoons and their effect on fish and find answers on the bass issue…

Election 2015 – Where the Parties Stand on Angling

With the outcome of the General Election on a knife edge and polling just a few days away, the Angling Trust has completed a review of what the main political parties are offering to do for fish and fishing. A trawl through the manifestos of the Conservative, Labour, LibDem, UKIP and Green parties has revealed strengths and weaknesses in them all…

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Illegal Fishing Lands Angler With £525 Bill and Criminal Record

Joshua Egerton, from Knutsford was caught and later charged for illegally fishing at Booths Mere, a private fishery managed by Angling Trust members, Altrincham and District Angling Club. Our National Enforcement Manager said: “This is an excellent result and a great example of what we are all collectively achieving through the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign: raising awareness within the police service and beyond to the wider public, increasing confidence and intelligence – and all involved working together.

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Permit to Pollute River Lambourn Causes Outrage

The Environment Agency has caused outrage amongst local campaigners in West Berkshire by issuing a discharge permit which will allow poor quality effluent from a new housing development to be discharged into the River Lambourn

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Quick-link: Sign the petition HERE

European Commission Publishes Sea Bass Q&A

How were bass managed in the EU until now? What does the common approach consist of? What will be proposed under the third part of this package? If you’ve got questions like these about how the European Commission intend to protect bass then follow the link below…

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Angling Trust Team Deliver More Angling Enforcement Training to Police

Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager and Rado Papiewski from our Building Bridges Project provided training at Wiltshire Police HQ this month in order to raise to raise awareness of our Fisheries Enforcement Campaign. We have carried out these sessions in several police forces now and will continue to develop vital knowledge with more sessions planned for the coming months.

Pictured: Rado Papiewski, speaks to Police Officers about the issues concerning anglers from migrant populations.


Tidal Thames to Showcase TideFest Fishing Match

The Angling Trust, Thames Anglers Conservancy and Thames Water are pleased to announce the second annual angling competition to take place as part of the TideFest event on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday September 20th.

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The Clock is Ticking…
Don’t Forget to Take Part in the Spring Raffle and Win a Fishing Holiday in Venezuela!
Take part in the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle and you could win one of 10 great prizes. Top prize is a dream fishing holiday for two in Venezuela worth £8,500 provided by Roxtons Field Sports. Other prizes include a short-break holiday at one of the Forest Holidays centres in the UK, Daiwa tackle vouchers worth a total of £3,000 and annual subscriptions to Bauer Media Group angling titles including Angling Times, Sea Angler and Trout & Salmon.

> Full details and entry at

Book a Place at the Next Fishery Enforcement Workshop

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

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

Want your club to book you a place? Click HERE to forward this email to a club contact.

Error in Natural England Cormorant Licensing Forms

Some incorrect licencing return forms for piscivorous birds (cormorants & goosander) were sent out in error from Natural England (NE), prior to the new & correct return forms being released. If anyone has received an older form they need to disregard it and send in the new form only. The new form should have been accompanied by a covering letter from NE to explain the error and to guide licence holders accordingly.

More Info:
Contact Angling Trust Fisheries Management Advisor Richard Bamforth – or 07904 041518

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Department of Energy and Climate Change Ask The Wrong Question on Tidal Lagoon

Fish Legal has responded to a last-minute request by Department of Energy and Climate Change for arguments on how far to permit ‘deterioration’ in ‘waterbody status’ likely to be caused by the proposed Swansea tidal lagoon, the decision to grant consent for which is imminent.

Despite an apparent determination to focus only on impacts to the habitat of some tiny mud-dwelling invertebrates (…worms!), Fish Legal argued that more attention should be paid to the serious risk to salmon and sea trout and how to mitigate that.

Members interested in learning about the development of a series of tidal lagoons in the Severn Estuary can attend a meeting organised by Angling Trust and Fish Legal next weekend. Details below…

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

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

> More details about the meeting

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

Please RSVP to as space is limited.

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

The 2015 Wye Litter Pick is Complete!

Angling Trust and Fish Legal joined in with fellow volunteers from the Wye and Usk Foundation and local volunteers last week to clear stretches of the River Lynfi and Lynfi Dulas as part of the 2015 Wye Litter Pick. This was part of an attempt to clear the banks of the Wye and it’s tributaries from rubbish. The final score for the day included: 28 bags of litter, 4 tyres and 2 picnic tables!

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Try Something Different This Close Season…

For May only, Thames Waters Flagship trout fishery at Farmoor Reservoirs will allow coarse anglers the opportunity to come and fish the fly with their coarse fishing gear. Buzzers below a waggler or blobs on a ledger and quiver tip – your choice!

Anyone taking part will be invited to a free fly casting lesson and  the opportunity to buy a discount fly fishing kit.

For enquiries contact or the ranger team on 07747 640 707. NB: No catch and release of trout during the promotion.

Colwick Park Trout Lake “Fish for a Fiver”

Nottingham City Council, Sport Nottinghamshire and the Angling Trust have teamed up to put together a fantastic offer to get more people fishing more often. Throughout May, anglers visiting Colwick Park Trout Lake in Nottingham will be able to purchase a Catch & Release ticket for just £5, a saving of £10! A limited number of these reduced priced tickets will be available on every Friday in May (starting from 8th May).

Anglers wishing to take up this fantastic offer should quote ‘Fish-For-A-Fiver’ when purchasing their day ticket to qualify for the discount. More information on fishing at Colwick and the offer, contact the Nottingham City Council Park & Open Spaces Team on 0115 9870785 or visit

Further information & enquiries should be directed to Angling Trust Regional Officer James Roche 07791 786 251  or

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Entry Forms Available for the England Ladies National Fly Fishing Championship 2015

30th August 2015 at Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Great Easton Road, Caldecott. LE168RP. Closing date for applications 1st August 2015.

> Download an application form PDF here

Winning Anglers on Shropshire Union Canal

The second qualifying match in a prestigious new national angling competition, aimed at encouraging people to rediscover their nearby waterways took take place on the Shropshire Union Canal on Sunday 26 April. The Canal Pairs Championship is being organised by the Canal & River Trust together with the Angling Trust and is aimed at encouraging local anglers.

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>More Canal & Rivers Trust Competitions news HERE.

RiverFest Qualifiers: Update for Entrants

Full lists of competitors for all the qualifiers are now available on our website HERE. We are in the process of calling competitors to take payment or if you have been successful and would like to pay for your place(s), you are welcome to call us during office hours. Please have your card details ready. Thank you.

> Read more and view RiverFest 2015 competitor lists

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