likely on Gove's Animal Welfare Bill after Trust warns it could 'open
the door to extremists'
Following intense lobbying
by the Angling Trust and other organisations, the
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has come
out strongly against the animal sentience section of the
poorly drafted Animal Welfare Bill, which could open up
angling to legal challenge by animal rights extremists. The
Government has been told to drop this aspect of the Bill or
re-write it completely.
The Angling Trust had
written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove expressing
serious concerns over possible consequences for angling as a
result of the Bill, which seeks to increase the maximum
sentences for animal cruelty and write into law the concept of
animals as ‘sentient beings’.
Mixed reaction to EA's new rules for salmon and sea
The Environment Agency’s announcement of measures to
regulate salmon and sea trout angling and commercial netting in
England has met with a mixed response from the nearly 30,000 anglers
who buy a migratory fish rod licence each year. The new measures
will be in place for 10 years, with a review in 5 years’ time,
subject to the outcome of a formal four-week consultation to be
announced at the end of February. Read the full story
100% catch and release in Wales moves step closer
The board of Natural Resources Wales has supported
its executive’s proposals for mandatory 100% catch and release
for salmon anglers throughout Wales. It will now recommend to
Welsh Government that this is implemented with effect from the
2018 fishing season, ignoring the 83% of respondents to the
consultation who did not agree with the catch and release
proposals. Read more
National honour for former world sea angling
Congratulations to Angling Trust ambassador Chris
Clark, who has received the British Citizen Award for inspiring
hundreds of young anglers to become England stars. Chris, a
former world sea angling champion, had to overcome his own
personal adversities after a farm accident left him with reduced
mobility in his right arm and leg. But he refused to let it get
him down and says it inspired him to give something back to the
sport he loves.
East coast anglers advised not to eat fish after
two dogs die
The Eastern IFCA has advised sea anglers in Norfolk
and Suffolk they may wish to return catches to sea rather than
retain for consumption as a precautionary measure. It follows the
deaths of two dogs with others becoming ill after eating fish and
crustaceans found on beaches. The IFCA believes the cause was
toxic shellfish. Read more
owner takes down 'No Polish anglers' sign
owner of an Oxfordshire fishery has removed a sign banning Polish and
Eastern bloc anglers after being threatened with court action. Rado
Papiewski, who runs the Angling Trust’s Building Bridges project, had
challenged the sign and had the support of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission, as well as wellwishers across the world.
discounts for Angling Trust members!
Your Angling Trust membership entitles you to big
savings on products and services from trade partners - and we've
managed to secure some fantastic new offers for you, ideal for
the New Year! There's huge savings on kitchen appliances, big
discounts on dozens of top clothing brands, offers on fishing
tackle ... and more. Don't forget, your membership also gives you
10% off day and season tickets at nearly 100 fishing venues, free
£10m public liability insurance and entry to Angling Trust only
Going to an angling show in the next few months?
Don't forget to say hello at the Angling Trust stand. We will be
displaying at three shows - the British Fly Fair International at
Staffordshire County Showground (Feb 10th & 11th), the Northern Angling Show at
Manchester's Event City (Feb 24th & 25th, and The Big One at Farnborough (March
24th & 25th).
Anglers rally to
support fund for tragic Liam's family
anglers have rallied to support the family of a young angler who is
believed to have drowned while fishing the canal near his home in
Tamworth. Liam Fairbrother, aged 20, is thought to have toppled into
the water after having an epileptic seizure. A Facebook group, Catch A Fish For Liam, has been
set up by Liam's fiancee Jamie Leigh, who is pregnant with their
first child, while fellow anglers have launched a fundraising
campaign for the family.
support our Take 5 litter campaign, the Angling Trust has produced
two videos aimed at freshwater and sea anglers. Remember, you can
help stop litter spoiling our beaches and riverbanks by taking five
items of litter or spending five minutes to remove litter after you
have finished finshing. Find out more
forget to keep logging your sightings of cormorants
Angling Trust has launched Cormorant Watch 2 to support our campaign
for new measures to protect rivers and lakes from fish-eating birds.
Please record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and red-breasted
mergansers on the Cormorant Watch 2 website.
longer days and better weather just around the corner, our Spring
Into Fishing events are ideal to introduce newcomers to angling.
Funded by the Environment Agency, Spring Into Fishing runs throughout
March and are a great way to help kids learn new skills outdoors –
best of all they won’t cost a penny!
Fish Legal has helped a riparian member block plans
to site an industrial chicken complex next to a tributary of the
river Towy. Planning permission for a 32,000 strong ‘free range’
chicken unit near Llandeilo has been refused after Fish Legal
raised concerns that surface water run-off posed a threat to
salmon and sea trout. Read more
Be 'planning wise' plea to members
Fish Legal has suggested that member clubs and
riparian owners check planning application lists regularly
following concerns that the government’s targets for new homes
could put more pressure on the UK’s river systems.
Tickets for this year's Fish 'O' Mania
qualifiers are now on sale. A maximum of two tickets per
angler are available in the first round of sales, which
closes at midnight on 8th February. Hayfield Lakes is hosting
this year's final with a top prize of £50,000.
The Angling Trust has teamed up with Scientific
Anglers to introduce a new loch style fly fishing competition
with an exciting new format and potential £8,500 prize fund.
The two-day competition will be for teams of six anglers and
be held at Draycote Water and Eyebrook Fishery on the 30th
June and 1st July 2018.
The Stillwater Championship, organised by the
Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust, is returning for
2018 with a new name and format. The new Boddington Classic
will see three qualifying rounds taking place on the prolific
Boddington Reservoir, with a 30 peg final being held on
Saturday, July 28. More information
for World Club qualifiers
and venues for the World Club Champioinship qualifiers have been
announced. The World Club Feeder qualifier will be on the Gloucester
Canal on Saturday, 29th September, while the Float qualifier will be
on Furzton Lake, Milton Keynes, on Saturday, 6th October. Find out more
Not yet a member? Please join the Trust today
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.