Angling Trust News. Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Angling Trust News

All the latest news from the Angling Trust including …  our pledge following the EU referendum result, a plea to clubs and fisheries on rod licences, call for nominations for role of director and some great money-saving offers for Angling Trust members!

Brexit: the Angling Trust pledges to fight for best deal to protect fish and fishing

With the uncertainty surrounding what the EU referendum result will mean for fish and fishing, the Angling Trust has pledged to fight for the best deal possible and has issued the following statement:

1. The AT will press for existing EU environmental legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, all of which are written into UK law, to be maintained and implemented in full to protect fish and their habitats.

2. The AT will press for sensible regulation of agriculture, and for subsidies to be linked to the achievement of improved outcomes for the water environment.

3. The AT will fight to ensure any new arrangements for sea fisheries management benefit both fish stocks and recreational sea anglers.

4. At a time of immense political turmoil, the need is greater than ever for individuals, clubs and fisheries to join the Angling Trust & Fish Legal to give us the resources and political weight of numbers to speak up for fish and fishing and if necessary take legal action to influence the many fundamental decisions which will be made about management of the water environment over the coming months and years.

You can read more about what the Angling Trust pledges to do in The Inside Angle blog by Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

Fisheries and clubs: Please ask to see a rod licence

The Angling Trust is appealing to clubs and commercial fisheries to help ensure anglers contribute to protecting fisheries by making it a requirement of fishing on your waters that members and day ticket customers have a valid rod licence to fish.

One of the most common complaints we hear from anglers is that they don’t get their licence checked and so they know people are getting away with fishing without a licence.

If every club and fishery joined in, we could stamp out rod licence evasion and generate millions more to spend on fisheries within the Environment Agency. If you need advice about how to do this, please download a factsheet which contains the correct wording for your rules.

Vacancy: Director with financial skills to join board

The Angling Trust is seeking to appoint a director with financial expertise to join the board. The successful applicant would oversee the Angling Trust’s accounting functions and financial planning, and work closely with the Chief Executive and Head of Finance and Business to formulate financial targets and strategies.

The role is voluntary although travel expenses can be claimed.

> Click here for job description and how to apply

Call for nominations for role of director – deadline Friday, 22nd July

Nominations are being sought for the role of director of the Angling Trust. If you wish to stand or nominate someone for election, please provide a short description of the skills, knowledge and attributes the nominee would bring to the position in no more than 300 words. These descriptions will be used to inform members of the candidates standing prior to the AGM in October.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, 22nd July 2016, and nominees must be eligible to act as a director of a limited company and not be debarred from holding a directorship. Nominations can only be accepted from members of the Angling Trust.

Send your nominations by post to: Company Secretary, Angling Trust, Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, HR6 8DQ

Or by email to using the subject title of “Director Nomination”.

Your views needed on bass fishing

The Angling Trust is calling on bass anglers to help us get a better deal on recreational fishing by taking part in a short survey. Together with the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS), we are gathering evidence on the economic impacts on charter boats, the tackle trade and the local economy of the unfair landing restrictions that were imposed on recreational bass anglers last December.

> Read more

Catch a crucian … and snap up a prize!

There’s still time to get out there and catch a crucian to enter in the new photo competition supported and judged by Chris Yates, Hugh Miles, the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project.

There’s some great prizes on offer, too. As long as your picture is taken in the month of June it is eligible.

> All the details here

Grant-writing workshops – book your place!

Spaces are still available on the Angling Trust’s grant-writing skills workshops which are being held across the country up to 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

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 workshops on fisheries enforcement

The final two regional Fisheries Enforcement Workshops, hosted by the Angling Trust, are due to be held next month in the North West and South West.

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

Want to join the Voluntary Bailiff Service?

The Voluntary Bailiff Service is now recruiting for additional Phase 1 volunteers to join the 250 anglers now trained to report incidents and support the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries.

> Click here for more information

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.

The Rivers Trust seeking fisheries specialist

The Rivers Trust is advertising for a Fisheries Technical Specialist to lead on the development and roll-out of an exciting new initiative “Your Fisheries” that adopts a partnership approach to fisheries management at a catchment scale. Salary £25,228 – £33,638 pa (plus benefits).

> More details here

Support legal bid to Stop Goring Hydro

The Angling Trust is supporting the Stop Goring Hydro group which is launching a legal challenge to protect the River Thames from a major hydropower development.

The group promoting the scheme have launched a survey and we are encouraging objectors to show them just how much opposition there is to it. The survey will only take up to 5 minutes to complete and there are boxes where you can, if you wish, add comments.

> Click here for survey

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Action against farmer over Bowden Burn fish deaths

SEPA has announced it is to take action against a farmer under the Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009 following a major fish kill on the Bowden Burn, a tributary of the river Tweed, that occurred in April 2015.

Fish Legal on behalf of River Tweed Commission (RTC) has been pressing SEPA to take action on the basis that there is a presumption for it to do so under its own Enforcement policy.  Fish Legal will advise RTC on the measures put forward by the farmer.

Vacancy: new Chairman for Fish Legal

With the planned retirement of the current post holder, Fish Legal is seeking to appoint a new Chairman to lead the association through the next stage of expansion and development. This is a voluntary role, although travel expenses can be claimed, and the Chairman is expected to commit approximately two days per month on average.

> Cick here for job description and how to apply

Siummer’s here! Get Fishing with the Angling Trust
With over 100 angling events planned for the summer, there’s sure to be one nearby where you, friends and family can enjoy a day’s fishing. 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

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

FREE £25 CASH from Fish’O’Mania sponsors

partypoker are celebrating their title sponsorship of this year’s Fish‘O’Mania by offering anglers and FishO fans an exclusive sign-up offer – all new partypoker accounts registered via the link below and using promo code FISHOMANIA receive £25 cash in account on registration, plus an extra £10 cash and £15 tournament dollars when you make your first deposit of £10 or more. Over 18s only.

> Click here to register

Win £2,000 with partypoker Guess The Weight!

Our partypoker Fish‘O’Mania Guess The Weight competition is back, with another £5,000 to give away. Entry is simple; just predict the winning weight of this year’s partypoker Fish’O’Mania Grand Final and all correct predictions will be entered into the prize draw with a winner’s prize of £2,000 and three runners-up prizes of £1,000!

Entry is exclusive for partypoker account holders but if you don’t have one, register a free account and receive £25 cash in account on registration, plus an extra £10 cash and  £15 tournament dollars when you make your first deposit of £10 or more when you sign up via the link here using promo code FISHOMANIA. Over 18s only.

> Click here to register

Cadets & Junior Angling Championships

Partridge Lakes complex in Cheshire played host to this year’s Angling Trust Cadets and Junior Angling Championships. Although there were some magnificent catches by those taking part, it was disappointing to see only nine teams compete in the Junior Championship, five fewer than last year.

> Click here for all the results

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

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

Get 15% off all Cotswold Outdoor purchases

Cotswold Outdoor offer individual Angling Trust members 15% off all purchases at all its stores nationwide, on online and mail order purchases.

For more information on how to take advantage of this fabulous money-saving offer, click here

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