Angling Trust & Fish Legal Member News February 2019

Angling Trust tells RSPCA: Stop blaming anglers for plastic and litter problems

The Angling Trust has urged the RSPCA to stop blaming anglers for the plastic problem affecting marine and freshwater environments. In an article published in The Guardian, the RSPCA suggested that the majority of litter-related wildlife incidents were caused by discarded fishing tackle. In response, the Angling Trust said most anglers were responsible custodians of our countryside and coasts who were engaged in a number of litter clean-up campaigns, and invited the RSPCA to work with us to help highlight and tackle the issues. Full storyWant to help tackle illegal fishing? Apply now for the VBS
The Angling Trust has resumed recruitment of Phase 1 Volunteer Bailiffs to help in tackling illegal fishing and fish poaching. Successful applicants will be trained by policing and enforcement professionals to keep watch on fisheries and report incidents and suspicious activity to the Environment Agency and Police.Twenty volunteers will be recruited in each of the six enforcement regions. Find out more
EA publishes revised salmon byelaws: download a copyThe Environment Agency has published its revised Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws which came into effect at the start of the year. The byelaws are different from the confirmed 2018 salmon byelaws and reflect the changes made after the Angling Trust lobbied the Agency last year – the key amendment being the withdrawal of Byelaw 13 on method restrictions. Read more
Download a copy of the new byelawsBluefin tuna campaign gets huge boost – from Ireland
The case for a UK live-release recreational fishery for the magnificent Atlantic Bluefin Tuna has received a huge boost – from Ireland. Approval has been given for Irish recreational anglers to take part in a science-based catch, tag and release programme. Recently, the Angling Trust met with Fisheries Minister George Eustice to put the case for a UK live-release recreational fishery. Read moreLooking for somewhere to fish? Want to check out river levels? Find these and much more on – just CLICK HEREStill time to have your say on coarse Close Season
Anglers have until March 11 to officially have their say on the Coarse Fishing Close Season on rivers in England. The Environment Agency is consulting on three options: keeping the current close season, changing the dates of the close season, or removing it altogether. For more details and to take part in the consultation CLICK HERE. If you know someone who would like to submit a written response, you can download the consultation forms HERE
Vacancy: Marine Co-ordinator
The Angling Trust is recruiting a part-time Marine Regions Co-ordinator to support and develop a network of regional marine organisations of the Angling Trust. More info
Angling clubs invited to take part in volunteering surveyThe Angling Trust is inviting freshwater angling clubs to take part in a short survey to identify what future advice on volunteering would be useful. As part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract, the Environment Agency is investing fishing licence income in funding the Angling Trust to upskill angling clubs in their delivery of volunteering. The survey is anonymous and should take about 5 minutes to complete. Closing date is Friday, March 15.Take part in Volunteering SurveyClubs & Fisheries Roadshows
The Angling Trust is running a series of roadshows across the country to provide tips and guidance to clubs and fisheries wishing to improve facilities and provide better, safer and more enjoyable angling for all. These afternoon events, delivered in partnership with the Environment Agency and funded from fishing licence income, are open to any angling organisation and are free to attend. In the coming weeks, the roadshow will be visiting Leigh in Greater Manchester, Durham and Walsall. Find out more
News from Fish Legal
Anglian Water admits fish kill on Cam after years of denial
After years of denial, Anglian Water has admitted that failures at its sewage treatment plant in Milton, Cambridge caused a fish kill on the River Cam. Fish Legal pursued the case on behalf of its member club, the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society, who reported long-term damage to fish stocks, particularly at Baits Bite Lock where big bream numbers declined after the pollution. Anglian Water has agreed to pay the angling club damages for the loss of amenity and loss of income from match fishing but still disputes whether the anglers are entitled to claim for restocking and further litigation is expected. Full storyNews from our Get Fishing team
How do you get friends and family into fishing?
It’s simple! Just bring them to “Spring Into Fishing” this March. Be part of the first big angling event of 2019. Find out how free lessons, tackle, bait and day fishing licenceswill make it quick and easy for everyone to get fishing.Click here to find Get Fishing events near you!Competition News
Boost for youth as Tackle Guru sponsor Talent Pathway
The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that innovative Tackle Guru will sponsor the 2019 Coarse Talent Pathway. The Pathway is a fantastic opportunity for young match anglers to enhance their skills, benefiting from one-to-one and group coaching from top-flight match stars. Tackle Guru will be sponsoring the event by kitting-out all participants with an array of terminal tackle, plus groundbait from Mainline Match. Read moreDon’t miss these great angling shows – see you there!
If you’re going to one of the big angling shows in coming weeks, don’t forget to pop along to the Angling Trust stand and say hello. We’ll be at the Northern Angling Show in Manchester on Februrary 23 and 24, followed by The Big One Farnborough on March 23 and 24 and finally at The Big One at the NAEC Stoneleigh, in the Midlands, on April 13 and 14. Check out the websites for tickets and some amazing offers from top brands.
Kent Police join crackdown on illegal fishing and fish theftKent Police has become the latest force to sign up to Operation Traverse – the multi-agency initiative started five years ago to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing. At the official launch, the force pledged to continue to work closely with key partners, such as the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, to effectively tackle fisheries crime. Read more
Exclusive offers for Angling Trust members
Big saving for carp anglers
Here’s a great saving for Angling Trust members, especially carp and specialist anglers. Buy Deeper fish-finding products from Fat Fish Tackle and you’ll receive a discount of 10%. These fantastic products take the guesswork out of finding  fish! Find out more
Check out more exclusive offers for Angling Trust members HERENot 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?
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