Angling Trust & Fish Legal Member News Thursday, 21st September, 2017

Have your say on salmon exploitation before Oct. 9th

In a new campaign video, Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, emphasises the importance of all salmon anglers responding to the ongoing Environment Agency consultation on salmon exploitation. We’ve campaigned to bring an end to unsustainable netting of salmon from around the coasts of England and have fought hard to avoid mandatory, rather than voluntary, catch and release measures for anglers. This consultation is a unique opportunity to achieve this. We’ve also created a handy guide to help you respond, which can be accessed here.

Please share our video on Facebook

Sign petition and help to save England’s wrasse

The Angling Trust has released a video to help publicise our campaign to stop the use of wild English wrasse as cleaner fish in Scottish salmon farms. Please share the video widely via our Facebook post and support the campaign by signing our petition and writing to the influential councillors who sit on the relevant Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). All the instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Keith Arthur to give talk at this year’s new-look AGM

Just a reminder that the Angling Trust Subscriber Members’ AGM and the Fish Legal AGM will be held on Saturday, November 18th at Barston Lake, near Solihull, starting at 10am. This year, following the formal AGMs and election of officers we will be running a series of workshops, a Question Time-style debate and a talk by writer, TV presenter and all-round angler Keith Arthur.

Click here for agenda

Boost for angling as junior fishing licences rise by 25%

In welcome news from the Environment Agency, new figures reveal that sales of junior fishing licences across England and Wales have increased by 25.7% compared to 2016. The junior licence, which is now free for 12 to 16 year olds, shows numbers were up from 52,117 to 65,487 at the end of August. A free licence and our fun, free, safe and friendly Environment Agency-funded events for families at Get Fishing are a great introduction to angling for children – come along to a session near you.

Anglers urged to take part

in the Great River Rescue

Anglers are being invited to help rescue the nation’s waterways during the month of October by taking part in the Great River Rescue – England’s first national clean-up focused on rivers. As part of the initiative, the Angling Trust will be re-launching its ‘Take 5’ litter clean-up campaign and would love to hear from any clubs, fisheries or individual anglers getting involved. Please send pictures to


Click here for more info

Welsh consultations

coming thick and fast

Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales have issued two major consultations in the past month, both of which we have challenged on BBC Cymru. Angling Trust & Fish Legal have written a very critical response to the ‘Sustainable Natural Resources’ consultation proposing unfettered access to rivers by canoes which you can find here. We will shortly be issuing guidance about how to respond to the Salmon and Sea Trout consultation which we feel unfairly targets anglers, rather than polluters.

Free enforcement workshops ideal for clubs & fisheries


The Angling Trust’s one-day Fisheries Enforcement Workshops are FREE to attend with training and advice provided by the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service’s policing professionals, Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit and the Institute of Fisheries Management. They are being held over the next six weekends and, although filling up fast, there are still places available – particularly in the South East and Midlands.

Click here for more info and details of how to book your place

Check Clean Dry signs for Welsh clubs and fisheries


Welsh government has made metal signs and leaflets promoting the Check Clean Dry campaign to stop the spread of invasive species available for use by angling clubs and fisheries in Wales. Copies are available from Kathleen Carroll who will require a record of the location of the sign to monitor their distribution.

Add your support to help stop export of baby eels

The Golden Valley Wildlife group has set up a petition calling for an end to the export of baby eels. Given that eel populations have crashed by 95% in recent years, and anglers are banned from taking any eels, we agree with the principle that eels should not be harvested for commercial reasons. Please add your support:

Sign the petition

Watch: Threat to our rivers

If you’ve not yet seen it, this Angling Trust video is essential viewing for anyone concerned about the impact agricultural practices are having on our rivers and streams. It has already had 76,000 views and its release coincided with a major report by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism into the problem of agricultural pollution and published in The Guardian. Read more

Watch: Natural flood control


Dredging and other unnatural means of flood control can cause serious damage to our precious rivers, and consequently the Angling Trust broadly supports schemes that embrace Natural Flood Management (NFM) initiatives. We’ve helped fund a new film that looks into NFM in practice, and the people that flooding impacts … here’s the trailer.

Get back into…

game angling!

If you haven’t been fishing for a while and need some help with what can be a confusing array of modern tackle, methods and flies, our special sessions for returners to the sport are ideal. We’ll lend you tackle, give you four hours of hands-on guidance led by a Level 2 Licensed Angling Coach, and get you ready to start fishing again.


Maybe you were a coarse angler who wants to start fly-fishing? Then ‘Get Back Into Game Angling’ is perfect for you. We are adding more coarse and predator sessions soon – watch out for more news next month.

Participation & Development team … ready to help your club or fishery


The Angling Trust’s Participation and Development team has been reorganised – so to help clubs, fisheries and other organisations to get in touch with the right people to support your relevant events and angling development projects, we’ve provided new contact details. We encourage you to pick up the phone or drop us an email and look forward to hearing from you…

News from Fish Legal

Welsh Water invests £6.5m after Llyn Padarn legal battle

Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) is investing £6.5m in improved sewage treatment at the Llanberis Waste Water Treatment Works to prevent pollution of Llyn Padarn, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to the rare and endangered Arctic Char. Fish Legal fought two judicial reviews about pollution of the North Wales beauty spot after its member club – the Seiont, Gwyrfai & Llyfni Angling Society – complained of declining fish populations resulting from increasingly regular algal blooms and water deoxygenation. Full story

Our response to ‘under the radar’ consultation

on access to justice

The UK is under an obligation to provide access to justice for environmental cases that is “not prohibitively expensive” under an international treaty called the Aarhus convention. It also has to report on progress it is making on implementing the convention.

Fish Legal has responded to a last minute consultation on the draft report by Defra which completely fails to mention the changes to the cost capping rules or that the changes are currently being challenged through the courts.  Read our response here

Environmental case for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is ‘fundamentally flawed’

Fisheries and conservation experts have slammed the latest environmental impact modelling in support of the proposed tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay as scientifically inadequate, and based on poor data and flawed assumptions.

Fish Legal is very concerned that new assessments by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc are misleading and overconfident, providing little certainty about the impact of the lagoon on already endangered stocks of salmon and other fish species.

Full story

Round-up of Angling Trust Competition News

Boat team net gold

A first day blitz gave the England Home Nations Boat Team the platform for a memorable victory in this year’s SALC Home International Boat Championship held in Scrabster, Scotland, with nearly 3,200 fish recorded and returned over the two-day event. Read more

Carp Team England – going for gold!


The 19th FIPSed World Carp Fishing Championships will be underway next week and we’ll be cheering the England Team on and watching the drama unfold in Hungary. The line-up has been announced and full reports as they happen will be posted on the Team’s Facebook page. Please join in with what is going to be an exciting battle of tactics and skill by lending your support via comments and likes on posts from Carp Team England Manager Rob Hughes.

World silver for coarse stars


Drennan Team England claimed a superb silver medal  in the 64th FIPS-ed Coarse Angling World Championships for Nations, held on the Charleroi-Bruxelles Canal in Belgium , with 38 countries competing.

Read more

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