Angling Trust & Fish Legal Member News January 2019

Take part in our online auction – and help raise funds to protect fish and fishing
The Angling Trust’s Online Auction to raise funds to help protect our freshwater environment is now live. All the lots have been generously donated by members, supporters and friends, and all proceeds will go directly to support Angling Trust and Fish Legal’s part in a new joint initiative with World Wildlife Fund and The Rivers Trust to restore our freshwater ecosystems and fisheries to good health. With over 100 lots, there’s sure to be something of interest for all anglers!View the auction lots and make a bid
Angling Trust agrees new contracts with Environment Agency and Sport England to protect and grow fishing
The Angling Trust has agreed a new 4-year contract with the Environment Agency to continue delivering a wide-ranging package of initiatives to improve and promote angling in England. The contract is for approximately £1.15 million a year but due to falling sales of fishing licences and grant in aid from the government in recent years, the size and scope of the contract has been slightly reduced. The EA contract will be complemented by a new £670,000 contract which the Angling Trust has also secured from Sport England over the next two years to promote participation and competition angling. Read the full story
Sea angling gets huge boost from Commons committeeFor the first time in history, it looks like our efforts to get recreational sea angling written into legislation as a recognised stakeholder in the UK’s marine fishery could be about to pay off. A House of Commons committee has recommended that there should be “explicit reference to recreational fishing” in the new Fisheries Bill. Up to now sea angling has had no formal status and no access to funding. Read more
Illegal fishing ‘a real threat’ to bluefin tuna recovery in UK
Angling groups are challenging politicians across Europe to embrace the development of a live release recreational tuna fishery – or face an increase in illegal commercial fishing. Bluefin tuna have hit record prices in the Japanese fish market recently with $3 million paid for one specimen. Even at the more realistic prices of £2k to £3k a carcass, the Angling Trust has warned that these iconic fish will still be a big attraction for criminal activity. Full story
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Have your say on coarse fishing’s 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. More details about the consultation can be found on our Lines on the Water blog. Hull and Leigh next stops for Clubs & Fisheries Roadshow 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. Next month the roadshow will be visiting Hull and Leigh in Greater Manchester. Find out more
Key roles for volunteer bailiffs Carole and Hayley
News from Fish Legal
Scottish Parliament set to take action on salmon farming
Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has published its report into salmon farming in Scotland concluding that the existing regulatory framework for aquaculture is “not fit for purpose”. The report specifically notes Fish Legal’s call for “a dedicated regulatory body that has statutory responsibilities for managing the impacts of aquaculture on wild fish” and has recommended that the “regulatory gap” should be filled. Full story Call for measures in Scotland to prevent damage from scallop dredgers
Fish Legal and Angling Trust have put their names to a letter given to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to stop illegal fishing by scallop dredgers in Marine Protected Areas around Scotland. Coastal community groups, environmental NGOs and angling groups supported the call. Read the letter to First Minister
News from our Get Fishing team
Special survey for young anglers
Whether they love angling or not, have done it lots or have never taken part, we really want to know what young people think about fishing so that we can improve information, places and opportunities to go fishing as well as other angling facilities. To help out, please encourage your children to complete this survey .Spring Into Fishing 2019
Spring Into Fishing is back for 2019 with our series of nationwide events to get more people fishing. Watch out for more news in March with dates when your children can come and learn to fish – FREE!Send us your fishing tipsFishing is one of those things where you can learn a new skill every time you go. Email us your own tips and we’ll share them with other anglers and beginners next month.Click here to find Get Fishing events near you!
Exclusive holiday 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
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Competition News
RiverFest prize money boost – winner to pick up £14,000!
Prize money for RiverFest 2019 is to be increased. Subject to ticket sales, an additional £7,000 will be in the prize pot, which will grow the total pool to almost £50,000. The winner of the final in November will now walk away with a cool £14,000 plus the coveted trophy! The second prize will be increased to £7,000, third to £5,000, fourth to £3,000 and fifth to £2,000.Read the full story
Dynamite Baits to sponsor Canal PairsDynamite Baits has announced it will renew its sponsorship of the Canal Pairs, organised by the Angling Trust and the Canal & River Trust. Tickets costing £40 per pair are now on sale and, subject to entry, prize money for this year’s final could total over £18,000 between the top four pairs. More info
Tickets now on sale for Tidefest
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth Tidefest Angling Championship which will take place on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday, September 8. There’s over £1,000 in prize money and all the ticket monies will once again be donated to the children’s angling charity Get Hooked on Fishing.
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Don’t miss these great angling shows – one near you!
There’s a whole host of shows for anglers to visit over the next few months. It kicks off with the British Fly Fair International at the Staffordshire County Showground on February 9 and 10, followed by the Northern Angling Show in Manchester on Februrary 23 and 24.
The Big One Farnborough is on March 23 and 24 followed by a NEW show – The Big One at the NAEC Stoneleigh, in the Midlands, on April 13 and 14. Check out the websites for amazing shopping deals with the biggest and best brands in fishing and ticket offers.
Beware the ‘high’ tide on the Thames And finally … have you noticed anything unusual about eels in the Thames? It could be they are ‘high’ on coke! A recent study by Kings College London has found that there are so many Londoners regularly taking cocaine that the city’s water treatment plants are failing to filter out it out from the users’ urine – and the contaminated waste water is leaking back into the waterways. Read the full story
Not 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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