Angling Trust News Friday, May 6th, 2016

Angling Trust News

All the latest news from the Angling Trust including … the launch of a new marine campaign, an announcement of 13 grant-writing workshops coming to a town near you, over 100 events to help you get fishing and some great money-saving offers for Angling Trust members!

Campaign to crackdown on illegal sea fishing

The Angling Trust has launched a new campaign to tackle the combined threats to sea fish and fishing of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

IUU fishing contributes to overfishing, undermines attempts to manage publicly-owned fish stocks sustainably, threatens the wider marine environment and damages livelihoods and businesses reliant on well-managed fish stocks.

> Read more about the campaign

Tributes to Angling Trust Ambassador Jan Porter

All at the Angling Trust was sad to hear that Jan Porter, one of angling’s most respected personalities, had passed away at the age of 60.

Jan, an ambassador not only for the Angling Trust but for the sport itself, always had a smile on his face and was an inspiration for thousands of anglers who enjoyed his TV and written work over four decades.

> Read more

Grant-writing workshops – book your place!

The Angling Trust has announced it will hold a further 13 grant-writing skills workshops across the country between now and February, 2017.

The free workshops are supported by the Environment Agency and are aimed at training angling clubs and fisheries on how to increase their chance of successfully bidding for funding to improve their facilities.

> Read more

‘Fish legally’ poster for bass anglers

The Angling Trust is calling on clubs, tackle shops and anglers to help spread the message about fishing legally for bass by displaying one of our ‘2016 Sea Bass Rules for Anglers’ posters.

For more information on bass fishing regulations in 2016 and to download a poster, click here

Download Riverfly Show For Fishermen

Fascinating riverfly life has been captured in a beautifully presented document by Dr Ueli Zellweger of the Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).

The document also gives details on how to become a volunteer riverfly monitor to help protect rivers and streams.

> Read more

Have you got yours yet?

If you are due to get a rod licence go to our website and click on “Buy A Rod Licence”. While you’re there check out river and weather conditions and “bookmark” your local fishing events, clubs, venues and tackle shops so you can find them quickly next time.

Free sessions to help protect waters

The Angling Trust is hosting six Fisheries Enforcement Workshops in the coming weeks across the whole of England.

With sessions from our Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, Environment Agency, Institute of Fisheries Management and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, these are fantastic opportunities for anyone wishing to learn more about how best to police and protect their waters. For more information, contact or check our Regions Facebook pages. Find yours here

Don’t forget to follow Facebook in your Region

We’ve launched new Facebook pages for the Angling Trust’s Regions providing information relevant to where you live to keep you updated on local meetings and forums, enforcement work, pollution issues, participation events and other news.

Click here to find a link to your Region’s page on the Angling Trust Facebook site – please follow any that are relevant to where you live or go fishing.

Help fix electronic waste mountain

The Angling Trust is supporting Restart in their campaign to build a DIY generation to fight the UK’s electronics waste mountain. Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the social enterprise has produced a 2-minute video highlighting the extent of the problem facing Britain and what we can do to help resolve it.

> Watch the video

> Find out more about Restart

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Shimna settlement may signal end of ‘serial’ pollutions

Fish Legal has obtained a £4,000 settlement for the Shimna Angling Club following a series of pollution events – which have now hopefully come to an end – on one of Northern Ireland’s most significant sea trout fisheries, the River Shimna.

The club intends to use the settlement money for salmon and sea trout habitat improvements following recommendations by the Wild Trout Trust.

> Read more

‘Trusting’ you are in good health…

Many fishing clubs are unincorporated associations, rather than limited companies, and have their fishing rights or land held by trustees on the club’s behalf. In the vast majority of cases these trustees have very little to do with either the property or the club on a regular basis.

As a spring resolution, Fish Legal are suggesting that clubs get in touch with their trustees, tell them that you are grateful for their services and more importantly check that they are in good health and happy to carry on with their role. This simple move can help prevent real difficulties, such as a trustee being too infirm to act or being untraceable for any number of reasons. A brand new factsheet on trusts and trustees is available for Fish Legal members.

Email for your copy.

The Sun is Out! Get Fishing with the Angling Trust
We’ve just listed over 100 angling events where you, friends and family can find fishing days throughout England. Our Get Into Angling, Let’s Go Family Fishing, Get Back Into Angling and Family Fishing events have something for everyone – whether you are a regular angler who wants to introduce a friend or family member, or even if you just know someone who hasn’t been for a couple of years and needs a hand getting to grips with the latest kit and methods. Check out the events on or the Angling Trust Regions Facebook page near where you live or go fishing.

Get Back Into Angling

If you know someone who wants to start angling again, but has been too busy with work, family or any other reason, here’s the ideal opportunity to help them get back into angling!

Please forward them this email.

Let’s Go Family Fishing

Come and get the whole family to try something new at our quality assured angling sessions. These events are a great way to show kids new skills in the outdoors – best of all it won’t cost you a penny! For families of all ages and experience levels – complete newcomers really welcome. Parents and grandparents – just bring the kids along and have a go yourself!

Find your nearest Let’s Go Family Fishing dates HERE

Get Into Angling

We’re providing free coaching to 11-25 year-olds who don’t know where, how or who to go fishing with and need tackle to get into angling. Participants can work towards a personal angling challenge and then be supported to keep going fishing. Look out for these events as they are added to Facebook in the next weeks…

Family Fishing

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different fun activities? Want to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner who would like to be introduced to fishing, learn a new tactic or brush up on forgotten skills?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ then why not come along to one of our Family Fishing Fun Days!

‘Family Fishing’ is a partnership between the charity, ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’ and The Angling Trust.

National Fishing Month – 22nd July to 29th August 2016

National Fishing Month aims to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone! Please take this opportunity to encourage someone you know to have a go at this wonderful sport. Find National Fishing Month Events at

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Unchanged squad to fish for Spanish gold

An unchanged England squad has been named for this year’s FIPSed Ladies’ World Championships in Merida, Spain from 27-29th August.

The venue is the Guadiana River which was used in 2012 for the Euro Championships when England’s men finished in silver medal position.

> Read more

Stillwater title is off to Barnsley

Drennan Barnsley Blacks emerged as winners of the Angling Trust’s top Stillwater event at Garbolino Lindholme Lakes.

The wildly fluctuating weather in the days leading up to the Championship caused problems for the 28 teams competing, although the top ten anglers still managed to bag weights over 25 kilos.

> Read more

Great Offers for Angling Trust Members
Some great special offers and discounts for our members. There are more membership benefits on our website. To access these offers you will need the membership number at the foot of this email.

> Read more

Super discounts on your new-look Angling Times

Here’s a great offer for readers of the Angling Times! It recently relaunched as an easy-to-read glossy magazine with fresh new content, bigger sections, trusted experts, greater depth to stories and tackle reviews.

Readers can claim a 20% discount on a subscription or try out the new Angling Times for just £4 for 4 issues!

But if you’re an Angling Trust member you can claim an EXTRA 15% OFF the discounted price. Find out more HERE

Special offer: 25% off Game Fair tickets at Ragley Hall

A special discounted rate of £15 per adult day-ticket is available to Angling Trust members visiting The Game Fair at Ragley Hall this summer. To access this discount, simply click HERE and enter your Angling Trust membership number (printed on your membership card).

You’ll benefit from The Game Fair’s plans to make the event as inclusive as possible for all visitors to Ragley Hall plus members of the Angling Trust will have access to privileged rates and services as well as discounts on packages including have-a-go sessions.

> All the latest news from The Game Fair

Save £30 on VIP tickets for UK Game Fair, Stoneleigh

Angling Trust members can get an extra special deal on VIP Tickets to the UK Game Fair at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 22-24 July. Your VIP ticket  includes fast track car parking and entry, teas and coffees, private catering, lunch with glass of wine or soft drink, complimentary glass of bubbly, free cloakroom plus lots more.

The package is normally worth £75 but Angling Trust members pay just £45 per ticket – a saving of 40%!

> Claim your VIP ticket discount now!

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