News from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Feb 2015

All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Fish Legal is ramping up its legal work to help protect the rare Arctic Char,

we need you to complete our short survey about our membership

offering and there’s news about a new fundraising raffle to raise

funds for fish and fishing. Don’t miss another great book competition

at the end of this email.

You can read more sea angling news in our recent Sea-Update HERE.

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News

Fish Legal Warns

Welsh Regulator of

Further Court Action

to Save Rare and

Protected Fish

Fish Legal has sent Natural Resources

Wales (NRW) a ‘letter before action’

for failing to protect the rare

Arctic char in Llyn Padarn,

North Wales.

> Read more

Review of Our Membership Model:

Please Complete The Online Survey

The Angling Trust is constantly working to improve the service we

offer. We are currently reviewing our membership model and we

would like to invite you to provide your input via a

short online survey that should take an absolute maximum

of 10 minutes to complete. We would really welcome your views

about your membership of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

Please complete the survey by the end of February so that we can

include your views in our paper to the Angling Trust board

meeting in early March.

> Take Part in the Survey

Fancy a Flutter For a Day’s Shooting?

We have had a very generous donation of a really fabulous day’s pheasant and partridge shooting to enjoy next winter in Wiltshire and we are selling just 300 tickets at £100 each to win the whole package for 8/9 people including a fine lunch.  Date to be arranged with the donor.  If we sell all the tickets, we will raise £30,000 to support our work fighting for fish and fishing. Please spread the word to everyone you know who might be interested. Tickets must be sold by 31 March, so make sure you don’t miss out by putting it off!

> Enter the Raffle Here

NEW: Top 50 Coarse Fish Lists

The British Record (Rod-Caught) Fish Committee has published the Top 50 Coarse Fish Lists on their page on our website. This fascinating record of the top weights makes interesting reading for anybody interested in the biggest fish that swim in our waters.

> View the lists at

The record game and sea lists can be found on the same page.

Fishery Improvement Fund:
Deadline For Applications Tuesday 17th February 2015
Has Your Club or Fishery Applied Yet?

In the last edition of this e-news we let you know that the Angling Trust has launched a £65,000 ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’ which will make awards of up to £5,000 to to eligible organisations.

Applications must be posted or emailed to reach the Angling Trust by Tuesday 17th February 2015.

> Full details on how to apply

Mike Heylin Receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

Mike Heylin OBE was at Buckingham Palace recently to collect his award from HRH The Prince of Wales. He was made OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year. Accompanied by his wife, Eileen, son Alex and daughter Jenny, they enjoyed a day out in the cold and wet of a wintery London.

> Read more

Higher Minimum Legal Size Must Apply To All To Save Bass

An EU proposal to raise the minimum legal size for bass must apply to all those fishing for them – that’s the message the Angling Trust has sent to top decision makers at the EU and member of an EU working party who will be discussing further emergency measures for bass in Brussels tomorrow following the ban on pelagic trawling that was introduced earlier this month.

> Read more

Hot Topics on the Angling Trust Website

We’ve got a new section on our website – “Hot Topics” has contributions from prominent voices within angling about the rod licence and river close season as well as the bass campaign that we have been working on in recent months.

> Read more

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Welsh Anglers Seek Compensation for Massive Fish Kill

Agricultural slurry pollution caused catastrophic fish mortality on the Olway Brook in August 2013, due to farmer negligence when operating machinery at a slurry pit. Over 73,000 fish of all species were killed on this tributary of the river Usk, itself a special area of conservation. Fish Legal has advised its members in relation to the incident and presented the farmer with a claim for financial compensation as well as for further habitat work to mitigate damage to the ecology of the Brook.

Fish Legal Claims Compensation for Member Club Following Huge Fire and Explosions

Fish Legal has sent a claim to Multiroof Building Products Ltd for its member club the Todmorden Angling Society, claiming compensation for the pollution of one of its most popular coarse fisheries. Grove Lodge – a fishery at Littleborough in Lancashire – lies downstream of Multiroof’s former factory. According to the Health & Safety Executive around 95,000 tonnes of combustible fluids were on site when a fire broke out in May 2012. The fire destroyed the factory, caused solvent to enter Grove Lodge (killing many of the fish), in turn creating a strong smell of solvent making fishing impossible. Fish Legal’s letter claims damages for the fish kill, loss of amenity, loss of membership and day tickets income, as well as legal costs.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Carp Team England New Manager Appointed

Internationally renowned and respected carp angler Rob Hughes has been appointed Manager of Angling Trusts Carp Team England in an agreement that will secure the future of English representation in the international arena.

> Read more

England Feeder Team Announced

Preston Innovations England World Feeder team has been selected for the FIPSed 5th World Feeder Championships in 2015.

> Read more

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Still Time To Bid in the
Team England Fly Fishing Fundraising Auction

TEFF annual Auction to raise money for the AT Team England Fly Fishers is in full-swing with the money raised going towards the costs of our teams for 2015. Prizes include the chance to bid for a day’s guided fishing with top England International anglers!

> Read more

Register Your Reservoir With SEPA From 1 April 2015 To Avoid Charges

The regulatory landscape for reservoir safety in Scotland is changing. Find out how the changes will affect you.

> Read more

New Angler Log Book App Still Seeks Angler Input

Cefas are working to engage anglers as citizen scientists to map the distribution and health of wild freshwater and marine fish. To achieve this we are developing a free electronic logbook (smartphone app) as a reporting platform, which we hope anglers will also find valuable for recording their fishing experiences.

Click here to take the survey>

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows…

Carpin’ On 2015 – 7th and 8th March

The UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition which covers all aspects of carp-angling and brings all the biggest brands under one roof! Over 80 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers including legendary carp anglers Terry Hearn, Ali Hamidi and the Korda Team, Rob Hughes and many more…

More info at

The Big One – 21st and 22nd March

UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Join us at FIVE Farnborough, GU14 6AZ on 21st and 22nd March 2015 for a host of Angling Celebrities and tackle bargains.

More info at

Membership: Offers and Competitions
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Win “Running With The Tide” by Simon Smith

We will draw a winner on 27th February from anybody who USES THIS LINK to forward this email on to a friend. Please encourage them to join the Angling Trust – more members means we can do more to fight for fish and fishing…

Exhilarating and refreshing in its originality, this is a book about fishing, and being a fisherman, and how that changes everything.

Thanks to our supporters Medlar Press, publishers of fine fishing books and Waterlog magazine for supplying this prize. Check out their website at for more angling titles.

> Read more about the book at Medlar Press

NB: You must use the link above to be counted in book draw entries

Book Competition Winners

The winner of the competition to win G.E.M. Skues’ “Itchen Memories” & His Biography was Mr P Blythin.

The wnner in our book prize draw at the British Fly Fair International last weekend was Mr P Sweatman.

15% Off Pallatrax Bait and Products

Pallatrax, the innovative bait and tackle company, is offering Angling Trust individual members 15% off all telephone orders. Pallatrax products can be viewed online at

> Read how to get your discount

Pallatrax can also be followed on Facebook at and on Twitter at @pallatraxuk.

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