Angling Trust Member News Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

Contact your candidates about the Manifesto for Angling

As you can see here, the Angling Trust has challenged politicians and political parties seeking election on June 8th to demonstrate their support for all forms of recreational fishing with the publication of a 2017 Manifesto for Angling. The document covers all the key areas of concern to both freshwater and sea anglers including the need to retain essential environmental regulations that protect our rivers and lakes and to introduce a fairer system of sharing marine stocks following Brexit.

We are pleased to report that we have obtained messages of support from all three main parties but it is important to find out where individual MPs and candidates stand – and you can help. We are asking Angling Trust members and supporters to contact their local candidates before polling day on Thursday with a copy of the manifesto and to secure commitments from them to protect fisheries and anglers’ rights in the next Parliament should they be elected. We secured good cross-party support for angling in the last two General Elections and are keen to do so again. Please email any replies you receive to so we can monitor the response.

Download a copy of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling

Award for volunteer helping to crack down on poaching

A volunteer who has helped to protect rivers and lakes in Cheshire from illegal fishing and poachers has received the Angling Trust’s Volunteering Excellence Award. Tony Weller joined the Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service in the North West 15 months ago and is now Area Coordinator for the Cheshire and Wirral areas. He received his award from Dilip Sarkar MBE, the Trust’s National Enforcement Manager.

Read more…

‘Catch a Crucian Month’ launches with new journal


‘Catch a Crucian Month’ has been officially launched at Godalming Angling Society’s famous Marsh Farm fishery with the publication of a brand new online journal ‘The Crucian Chronicle.’ The 60-page, high quality Ezine has been designed and edited by Norfolk angling artist Chris Turnbull and colleagues from the Association of Crucian Anglers’ (ACA) Facebook group. There are some great prizes to be won in the free-to-enter Catch a Crucian Month photographic and video competition.

Find out more here

Read The Crucian Chronicle…

Or download a PDF version…

Rivers open next week …

do you have a rod licence?

The day many anglers have been waiting for is fast-approaching! On June 16th rivers are open again for coarse fishing so get out there and get fishing for barbel, dace, grayling or whatever takes your fancy. Don’t forget to renew your rod licence if you haven’t been fishing during the close season.

Buy a rod licence

Enter now for the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards


Entries are being invited for the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards, which seek to recognise and encourage excellence in wild trout habitat management and conservation, and celebrate the efforts, ingenuity and imagination of all those involved. Supported by Thames Water and the River Restoration Centre, the competition is open to individuals or organisations and amateurs or professionals across Britain and Ireland. Organisers stress they are equally keen to spread the word about successful, small-scale efforts to improve a stream at the end of a garden just as much as catchment-wide work funded by government agencies.

More information and entry form

Fishing Fun at Countryfile Live

National angling charity Get Hooked on Fishing will be running the angling activity yet again at BBC Countryfile Live, August 3rd-6th at Blenheim Palace‎. The show is a fantastic showcase for countryside fun so it’s brilliant to see angling on the line-up again in 2017.


Deadline for nominations

We wish to remind members that nominations for the recently advertised Angling Trust non-executive director roles must be received by 5pm on Friday, June 16th. Read more


Sign up for Angling Alert

Want to receive alerts about fish poaching, fisheries crime and fisheries enforcement from the Angling Trust, Environment Agency, Police and Cefas? You can do so by signing up for free to Angling Trust Alert.

Become a species hunter … register to win great prizes!


Sea anglers – if you haven’t signed up for this year’s Species Hunt yet make sure you register soon for a chance to win great prizes and be part of the Hunt’s ever growing and friendly community on Facebook.

Tributes to David

Tributes have been paid to David Pomfret, who died recently aged 70 years. His name might not mean too much to anglers but for many years David worked behind the scenes to secure and manage the finances of many angling organisations that were too small to employ a man of his calibre.

Read more

There’s a Summer full of fishing coming up..

There are nearly 150 FREE fishing sessions for families and children listed on our getfishing website – and we’re adding more events each week. Check out your nearest one and put a date in the diary to get fishing during the summer holidays.

NFM wants you!

Please spread the word about National Fishing Month and help get more non-anglers fishing this summer. Forward this email to someone you think might give angling a go…

News from Fish Legal

Fish Legal calls on Scottish Government to address the salmon farm ‘regulatory gap’

Fish Legal has called on the Scottish Government to address a serious regulatory gap that is further endangering salmon populations on the west coast of Scotland, many of which are already below safe conservation limits. Salmon farmers seeking to expand production  must make an application to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for increased biomass, typically of between 300 and 400 tonnes per farm.

SEPA have rejected objections to the expansion from wild salmon interests because it says it has no remit to protect the interests of wild salmon. Unfortunately, under the application process, no other regulatory bodies are involved, leaving a ‘regulatory gap’.

Fish Legal has written to Rosanna Cunningham Minister for the Environment demanding that the Scottish Government clarify which regulatory authority is responsible for considering the impact on wild salmon of applications for increased biomass on salmon fish farms.

Fish Legal seeks confirmation that other utilities must provide environmental information

Fish Legal is expecting a formal Decision Notice from the Information Commissioner Office (ICO) indicating whether E.ON are in the same class of public authority as water and sewage companies for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Decision Notice will follow E.ON’s refusal to disclose information requested by Fish Legal on behalf of a charter boat member concerned about the impacts of the construction of the Rampion Offshore Windfarm Project in Sussex.  Fishing activity and anchoring has been suspended as the installation of 116 wind turbines gets underway.

E.ON are the owners of the project and – for reasons not yet shared with Fish Legal – do not consider that they meet the definition of a public authority under the 2004 regulations as outlined by the Upper Tribunal in Fish Legal’s victory against three water companies and the ICO in 2015.

Round-up of Angling Trust Competition News

Fish ‘O’ Mania final tickets

Free tickets for this year’s Fish ‘O’ Mania final at Cudmore Fisheries on July 8th are now available.

Get your tickets

There are still places available for the remaining qualifiers with the chance to win the grand final prize of £50,000!

Book online here

Gold for England’s fly fishers

Team England Fly Fishing secured gold with an emphatic performance in the International Fly Fishing Association Spring Loch Style International at Chew Valley Lake in Somerset . Read more

Venice proves cruel for young stars

This year’s European Championships – held on the tidal Bianca Canal, Venice – proved to be difficult for our young Drennan Team England anglers, finishing 10th overall after a tough two-day competition.

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Our boys heading to Belgium

The Angling Trust has announced the Drennan Team England squad that will head to Belgium in September to compete in the 64th FIPS-ed World Championships.

Read more

Not yet a member of the Angling Trust?

The Angling Trust represents anglers and protects fishing. The more anglers who join, the louder our voice becomes. By becoming a member, you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in both the marine and freshwater environment and to campaign against threats to angling. Membership of the Angling Trust runs for a year from the date of joining – and you’ll also receive great membership benefits including £10m public liability insurance, discounts on products and services, and at least 10% off day and season tickets at almost 100 fisheries.

Please support our work … join or renew today!