Angling Trust & Fish Legal Member news Friday, 7th April, 2017

Investigation: Flood defence work putting fish in danger

More anglers have raised concerns following the investigation by the Angling Trust which uncovered evidence of the destruction of habitat for fish and other wildlife by Environment Agency contractors carrying out flood defence works on rivers in six counties. Over-zealous contractors have caused widespread damage to bankside trees and removed in-river debris which has left affected stretches devoid of riparian cover.

It has resulted in fish populations being at significantly greater risk of predation by otters, cormorants and goosanders, and having less food from invertebrates that rely on vegetation and woody debris. Since publishing our findings, further evidence of bankside destruction has been received from anglers and the Environment Agency has made a commitment to take steps to stop this happening in future years and to consult properly with member clubs and fishery owners.

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Invasive Species Week warning to anglers


The Angling Trust has issued a warning to anglers fishing abroad not to bring back ‘invaders’ to Britain following research into non-native invasive species. Our study at 34 fisheries in northern France showed that 20 lakes (59%) contained at least one invasive aquatic plant or invertebrate – including the Red Swamp crayfish (pictured).

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Angling Trust seeks applicants for non-executive director roles

The Angling Trust is seeking independent non-executive directors, due to the scheduled retirement of existing board members. We would particularly welcome nominations from individuals of groups currently under-represented on our board including women, minority ethnic and disabled people. The roles are voluntary although travel expenses to meetings will be reimbursed. For more information please contact


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EA apology and advice over rod licence delays

Have you received your rod licence? The Environment Agency say they have experienced a delay in sending out new fishing licences and issued the following statement: “Please accept our apologies. Your fishing licence will be with you shortly. You are ok to fish using your confirmation email/text or your Post Office receipt until your fishing licence arrives. When you go fishing make sure you take some identification with you.”


Take the whole family fishing for free this Easter


Looking for somewhere to take the kids over the Easter holiday? The Angling Trust has organised dozens of free fishing events ideal for families and beginners. Parents and grandparents – just bring the kids along and have a go yourself! We’ll also provide all your tackle and bait, and info about where to go fishing in your area.


Watch: 3-part video guide to responsible salmon fishing

The Angling Trust has teamed up with the Atlantic Salmon Trust and FishPal to produce a series of three 10-minute advisory films called “The Gift” to promote best practice in fishing for salmon. The advice is all based on scientific evidence and is aimed at minimising the damage to released fish from angling. It includes the right choice of tackle and equipment, how to play and land fish efficiently, and how to handle them in the net.

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Support for plan to restore rivers in UK and Europe

The Angling Trust is supporting the Living Rivers Europe initiative which sets out a strong vision of healthy river ecosystems, flourishing with wildlife to the benefit of society, the economy and sustainable development in Europe. Launched by the European Anglers Alliance, WWF and others, Living Rivers Europe stresses the importance of maintaining an ambitious EU Water Framework Directive, particularly vital in the UK in light of Brexit.

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Fish Legal: Making the polluters pay

Natural Resources Wales are investigating a slurry pollution affecting the river Honddu in South East Wales, with the Monnow and Wye being monitored as the slurry continues to travel downstream. The incident, involving the failure of a slurry lagoon, is the latest in a series of serious pollutions in Wales. Fish Legal can act for members whose fisheries are destroyed by pollution, making sure that they are compensated for their losses. Please help us promote our new membership package for fishery owners by forwarding details to a friend.

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our volunteer bailiffs


The first induction for our latest recruits to the Voluntary Bailiff Service is being held this weekend in the North East. We are still recruiting in other parts of the country so if you’re interested in joining please email

Great Offers!

Up to 13% off a car

Angling Trust members can get up to 13% off the price of a brand new Toyota car or van with Snows Toyota.

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20% off books

Angling Trust members receive a 20% discount on all Merlin Unwin books including countryside classics, rural memoirs,  fishing and flytying.

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Money off fishing

Angling Trust members receive at least 10% off the cost of day and/or season tickets at over 100 fisheries.

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See you at The Big One this weekend

Going to the The Big One at Farnborough this weekend? Don’t forget to pop along and say hello to the Angling Trust team. It promises to be the biggest show to date and we’ve a host of celebrities dropping by including legendary World Champion match angler Bob Nudd MBE. He’ll be on our stand around 2pm on Saturday. Don’t miss it!

Book now for our fundraising dinner

This year’s fundraising dinner is on Wednesday, 3rd May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London and is raising money for Fishing For Schools, Casting For Recovery and the Angling Trust & Fish Legal’s campaigns to protect fisheries. There will be fantastic food and wine, a very brief auction of high value items and a silent auction of more affordable lots.

A table of 10 costs £3,000, and individual tickets are £300.  Whether you are coming alone, with your partner, or with a group of 9 friends, please book soon to avoid missing out!  Please also let us know if you can donate a suitable lot to help us raise funds for these great causes. To book tickets or donate for the auction, please contact Pippa Chambers on 020 7840 9258 or

Second round of RiverFest tickets go on sale April 13th

The first round of ticket sales for RiverFest 2017 has now closed. The remaining tickets go on sale at 10.30am on April 13th with no limit on the number of tickets anglers can purchase. RiverFest is the world’s biggest individual river fishing competition with a top prize of £13,000 and a total prize of £39,500.

Anyone experiencing password difficulties should contact the Competitions team on  0115 822 4519 or 0115 822 4532.