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The Angling Trust has presented a Manifesto for Angling to the three main political parties on behalf of the nation’s 3 million plus anglers.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe document was presented to Fisheries Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon in the House of Commons, and a copy was also sent to Andrew George of the Liberal Democrats. Also present at the hand over were the Chair and Vice Chair of the All Party Angling Group, Martin Salter (Labour, Reading West) and Charles Walker (Conservative, Broxbourne).
The manifesto calls for the next Parliament to promote the benefits of angling to society, to recognise the rights of anglers and to create healthy freshwater and marine environments.

Angling contributes at least £3.5 billion to the economy each year. Tens of thousands of people are employed in angling and its related industries. Game and sea angling represent significant opportunities for anglers to catch their own dinner in a sustainable manner. Angling provides huge benefits for health, education and well being to people of all ages, and it is often the only outdoor activity easily available to urban communities suffering deprivation. Anglers invest millions of hours of volunteer time into the maintenance and improvement of water environments by clearing litter, restoring habitats and monitoring pollution.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “For angling to continue to grow and prosper, Government and its agencies must commit to protecting the rights of anglers, improving the health of our fisheries and supporting programmes to increase participation in the sport.

“We hope that all the parties will offer their support to this document which sets out a summary of the concerns of the nation’s 3 million plus anglers, based on the Angling Trust’s campaign strategy ‘Fighting for the Future of Fishing’ which was published earlier this year.”

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust added: “Angling has come a long way in recent years; no longer do we simply plead with politicians to leave us alone. We are actively engaged in developing policies for angling and fisheries and now since the formation of the Angling Trust, we are strong enough to demand of the three main political parties a cast iron commitment not just to allow us to continue to go fishing, but actively to promote angling and improve the condition of our fisheries.”

For more information, please contact Mark Lloyd, 07973 468198 and mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net






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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:12

Politicians Fish For 3 Million Votes

The Angling Trust today launched a campaign strategy to highlight the concerns of Britain’s 3 million anglers in the run-up to the General Election.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe comprehensive strategy includes calls for the government and its agencies to:

• Protect fish stocks from commercial overfishing by reforming the Common Fisheries Policy and enforcing existing legislation;
• Implement the Water Framework Directive to address diffuse pollution, low river flows and habitat damage;
• Allow greater controls of cormorants by anglers suffering excessive fish predation on their waters;
• Provide more accountability about how anglers’ £26million from freshwater rod licences is actually spent;
• Stop the march of non-native invasive species such as signal crayfish, giant hogweed and floating pennywort;
• Ensure that none of the thousands of new hydropower installations planned on our rivers damages fisheries;
• Protect the rights of anglers to go fishing and to access piers, ponds and to park near beaches;
• Support efforts to encourage more people to get into fishing;
• Protect fish from diseases imported from abroad.

Angling is more popular than ever, with freshwater rod licence sales soaring last year to 1.5 million from 1.3 million in the previous year. The Trust is aiming to sustain and continue this growth and ensure that there are plenty of fish to catch and safe and clean places for people of all ages to catch them.

Six Members of Parliament recently signed up as Parliamentary Supporters of the Angling Trust, the organisation which represents anglers in England, at a meeting of the All Party Angling Group at the House of Commons. The Group is chaired by Martin Salter MP (Reading West), a long-standing supporter of the Trust and the Labour party spokesman for angling and shooting and includes Richard Benyon (Newbury), the Conservatives' fisheries spokesman.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said
“We are very grateful to these busy Members of Parliament for agreeing to support the Angling Trust. Millions of anglers in England need a listening ear in Parliament to hear their concerns about pollution, over-abstraction, commercial over-fishing at sea, access restrictions and a host of other issues which affect the quality of our sport.”

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust said:
“We look forward to working closely with these parliamentarians to ensure that the anglers’ voice is heard. In the run-up to the General Election, the Angling Trust will be working hard to ensure that issues affecting the nation’s anglers are taken on board by candidates of all political parties.”






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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:14

Fish O Mania 2010 Qualifier Rearranged

Angling Trust and Matchroom have announced today that the Fish O Mania qualifier scheduled for Wednesday 21st April at Barford Lakes in Norfolk has had to be moved to Makins Fishery in Warwickshire on the same date for fish welfare reasons.

Fish O Mania 2010 newsBarford suffered an outbreak of KHV last year, and although the fishery is now well on the road to recovery, Fishery Manager Sarah Thomson did not want to run such a large, tightly-pegged match so early in the match calendar and risk the recovery of the fishery.

Sarah said: “obviously we are very disappointed not to be able to host such a high-profile match with the Angling Trust, but the welfare of our fish is absolutely paramount.”

All anglers who were successful in drawing a ticket for Barford will be eligible for a refund if they don’t want to fish the new venue. If they require a refund then they must return their unwanted ticket by the deadline date issued when they receive their ticket. Makins Fishery is the nearest venue which could accommodate such a large match to the standards required by the organisers.

Tickets for all Fish O Mania successful applicants will be dispatched to anglers by the end of February. 

The competition has proved as popular as ever this year, despite the requirement for all those entering the draw to be members of the Angling Trust. There were more than 4,200 entries this year, and all venues were oversubscribed, some by more than 200 anglers.

Sandra Drew, Competitions and Events Manager for the Angling Trust said:
“we apologise to any anglers who have drawn a ticket for Barford and who will now have to re-arrange their travel and accommodation plans, but we will do all we can at the Angling Trust to manage the administration of this change smoothly. Anglers must return their tickets promptly if they require a refund so that we can re-allocate the tickets and offer them to those on the reserve list.”






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Saturday, 06 February 2010 08:20

Team England Coarse Angling Youth Trial

The application forms for the U18s and U22s England Youth Trial nominations are now available for download from the Angling Trust website, and must be completed in full and returned to the Angling Trust in Nottingham, no later than 20th March 2010. The 2010 Sensas Team England U18s and Drennan Team England U22s will compete at the World Youth Championships in Italy.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThis year the first trial for the England Youth Coarse Angling Trials will be held on Saturday 10th April at Gold Valley Lakes.

These trials will be pole only and bloodworm and joker will be the predominant baits. Baits will be available to order in advance and can be collected at the trial.

Mark Downes, England Youth Team Manager stated "This year’s Youth Championships will be in Italy on a large canal that looks as if it will be full of skimmer bream. It will almost certainly be a pole and bloodworm event and I feel it will be a good one for us.

Steve Sanders and myself will be looking for strong pole anglers with a good grounding in bloodworm and joker fishing and the ability to fish under pressure.

There will be an initial U18s trial at Gold Valley Lakes, and then the U22s will be put through their paces at Packington Fisheries in the Midlands."

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The Angling Trust is delighted to announce a new sponsorship package for Team England Shore Angling with Tronix, the West Sussex based tackle company.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsGeorge Cunningham from Tronix attended a recent Angling Trust Marine National Team & Competition Group meeting where he met with Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust to seal this deal. All of the Angling Trust Marine shore teams will be given product support while the England World Junior Shore Team will get a £1,500 cash injection for the next three years. Without such support it would not be financially possible to send teams to such events.

The Angling Trust can also confirm that Fox International is supporting some of the England Teams with product support: those attending the World Junior Shore Championship will each receive a top of the range multi-tip 16ft rod which should prove ideal for the Championships being staged in Portugal.

Kamasan UK are once again providing the Home International junior and youth teams with top of the range Kamasan hooks which could well give them the cutting edge during their Championships, which will be staged in Scotland during July.

Angling Trust Chairman Mike Heylin said: “The Angling Trust is committed to securing funding to support Team England in game, coarse and sea angling disciplines. This will enable the best participants to represent their country and will raise the profile of competition angling to attract more participants to matches at all levels.”

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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 20:29

No call for otter cull from Angling Trust

Contrary to the story in today's Times newspaper, the Angling Trust has not called for a cull of otters. This part of the story is completely untrue and we wish to reassure anglers and the general public about this urgently.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe person quoted as being an Angling Trust spokesman is not an employee or spokesman of the organisation, and says that he has never spoken to The Times. The journalist did not contact the Trust to verify the 'story'.

The Angling Trust office has received many e-mails and telephone calls about this subject today, all of which have expressed dismay at these reports. The comments on the Times web site and from members of the public demonstrate the strength of public feeling about this issue, and the damage that would be done to angling if anglers were ever to call for a cull.

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust, has written to the paper's editor demanding a retraction and apology.

Angling Trust is campaigning vigorously on behalf of all anglers to ensure that our rivers are healthy enough to support populations of both otters and fish. We have also lobbied the Environment Agency to release funds to help fisheries to fence their waters, and otherwise deter otters, if practicable. Notes for Editors: Angling Trust is the national governing body for all angling in England. It represents its membership of more than 1,300 angling clubs and 13,500 anglers.

The original story in the Times is here: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment


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Preston Innovations have signed a 4 year, £50,000 deal with the Angling Trust to sponsor a new coarse angling match – Preston Innovations World Club Classic – for teams finishing in the top ten of the Division 1 National Championships.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsTen teams of six anglers will compete on 25th and 26th of September 2010 for the chance to represent England in the FIPSed World Club Championships in Serbia in 2011. The winning team will receive £7,000 to help them represent their country and the winning individual a cheque for £1,000.

Although England is widely recognised as the leading coarse angling nation in the world, our team has never won the FIPSed World Club Championships and the generous support of Preston Innovations will give the teams a financial boost to help them fish more competitively. The competition is intended to give a new focus for the elite end of the sport and will also attract the interest of the Team England selectors.

The venue and rules will be circulated by the Angling Trust Competition and Events Manager to all the teams who will fish in this year’s Nationals and will be posted on the web site.

Ricky Teale, Director of Preston Innovations said:
“We are very pleased to be involved with this style of event would like to thank the Angling Trust for allowing Preston Innovations to be part of what could be one of the biggest weekends in the angling calendar. Match angling is going through a change in the UK and events like this should help increase interest both with anglers and the angling press.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said:
“we are very grateful to Preston Innovations for their generous support of this new competition which we hope will attract even more teams to compete in the Divisions in future. It is every match angler’s dream to have a chance of representing England. We hope that the event will help drive membership and increase the profile of the Angling Trust.”

Dick Clegg, International Events Manager of the Angling Trust said:
“This event is just what we have been waiting for. The match format and sponsorship money will help us to send a team to the FIPSed World Club Championships both financially and technically better equipped than ever before. England have not won the event since Essex County in the early 80s when it was then the Browning World Cup. To fish a competition weekend to World Championship rules will give the successful team an insight into the way our continental rivals fish every week. The prize money of course is essential to reduce the costs of competing abroad and thanks to Preston Innovations this problem has been resolved.”

Mark Downes, England Team Manager said:
“This will be a fantastic event, just what we needed. The more international style events we get here in the UK improves our chances of remaining at the top of the international standings. It will also encourage national teams to go that extra mile to achieve top ten status to gain qualification.”


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Following discussions arising from uncertainty about the accessibility of the Fishomania Competition for disabled anglers, the Angling Trust and the British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) have agreed to work closely together. They will be meeting up to identify ways in which disabled anglers can have greater equality of access to venues for leisure and competition fishing where safe and practical to do so alongside non disabled anglers.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe two organisations have agreed to meet the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), the national body responsible for developing sport for disabled people in England with a view to drawing up an action plan to increase the number and quality of accessible fisheries to serve the 44,000 Environment Agency concessional licence holders in England and Wales. This will include setting objectives for improved access, identifying funding to help fisheries with the cost of the works and seeking sponsorship for new and existing competitions.

The Angling Trust is already working with the Angling Development Board to draw up a competitions and performance pathway which will include the needs of disabled anglers and which will assist in securing funds from Sport England in the future.
Disabled anglers wishing to fish in this year’s Fishomania competition should contact the Angling Trust on 0844 7700616 and speak to the Competitions and Events Manager to seek advice about the most accessible fisheries. If they are successful in securing tickets, they should contact us to let us know of their needs so that we can take all reasonable steps to accommodate them at the relevant fisheries.

Terry Moseley, President of the BDAA said: “access and facilities are extremely important for disabled people regardless of the sport or activity to participate equally, we are looking forward to working with the Angling Trust to ensure there is increased equality and informed choice to enhance the future of angling for all disabled people”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “There are about 10 million people in this country with some form of disability. Nearly all of them could enjoy angling alongside non disabled anglers. The Angling Trust will be advising all our member clubs and fisheries about the requirements of legislation in this area, and also highlighting the commercial benefits of reaching out to this significant market. Commercial fisheries in particular offer a fantastic opportunity to provide safe access for all.”

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Thursday, 26 November 2009 00:00

Severn Trent Adds Insult to Injury

Anglers have reacted with dismay to the news that Severn Trent Water is to close Draycote Reservoir to all angling until further notice. Severn Trent claims that the closure is due to the planned redevelopment of the visitors’ centre at the reservoir, but planning permission has not yet been agreed for the work. The company is not restricting access to other users during the period of the works; sailing, birdwatching and walking will all still be allowed.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsAnglers are very concerned that when the work is finished, the Company will stop angling on large parts of the reservoir, as they did at Foremark Reservoir early in 2009, for what were widely regarded as spurious ‘health and safety’ reasons.

Thousands of anglers fish the reservoir each year and they are furious that this decision was made without consultation – mirroring what happened at Foremark. Severn Trent makes much of the fact on its web site that it has a CAREAG (Conservation, Access, Recreation & Education Advisory Group) with which it is meant to consult, but this group was not advised of the plans until they were finalised. The Angling Trust is calling on the Company to admit that it has failed in its corporate responsibility to the community.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “As the National Governing Body for angling, we are outraged that this huge water company is banning all angling without any consultation, not even with its loyal customers. Our research shows that many more people would go fishing if there were more access to waters. Anything which reduces access is therefore bad news, and disastrous for people living near the reservoir who rely on it for their fishing as well as those hotels and B&Bs which supply overnight accommodation to anglers visiting the water.”
The Angling Trust is writing to Tony Wray, the Chief Executive of Severn Trent demanding a meeting to discuss the situation and the Company’s future attitude to angling. The Trust will also be asking the Government why there is no organisation with responsibility for regulating water companies’ responsibilities with regard to provision of recreation.

The Angling Trust works alongside the Angling Development Board which is funded by Sport England to grow and sustain participation in angling. The disastrous decision at Draycote will impact on the two organisations’ work in this area and will decrease the social and economic benefits of such a major fishery to the local community. Anglers travel from all over the country to fish Draycote and the ban means that they will no longer be spending money in the area around the reservoir.


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The Angling Trust and its partners in the Our Rivers Coalition met with Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies by the Thames on Wednesday ahead of the publication of controversial plans for the UK’s waterways.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsEarlier this year, a report revealed that three quarters of rivers in England and Wales are failing European targets on environmental quality. But in the majority of cases the Environment Agency’s official plans – due to be published next month - fail to set out action to tackle the problems such as pollution from fertilisers and over abstraction, which threaten river wildlife.

The Our Rivers Campaign was set up by the Angling Trust, the Association of Rivers Trusts, the RSPB and WWF UK, to help encourage people who know and care about their local river to fill the gaps in understanding.

In an attempt to persuade him to make last minute changes to the plans, campaigners met with Mr Irranca-Davies by the bank of the Thames to hand over a map of all the rivers adopted by supporters, river action groups and MPs during the campaign.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said “The Water Framework Directive presented the Environment Agency with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our rivers and the way that they we manage water, and the land around it.

"But the draft plans are lacking in ambition, they fail to capture the knowledge of anglers and others who have an intimate knowledge of their rivers and much of the information in them is simply incorrect. These new plans don’t even offer a vision of what we would like to achieve, let alone how we might achieve it. If Government fails to make significant changes before the plans are published, they will have blown it. Anglers are dismayed”.
 
“The problems are plain to see – pollution killing fish and causing algae and weed to choke our water ways, river beds drying up, invasive species like signal crayfish destroying riverbank ecosystems and more besides,” said RSPB conservation director Mark Avery.
“These plans are supposed to provide a blueprint for bringing the standard of our rivers up to an acceptable level, but there is so much vital information missing it’s difficult to have confidence in them. The whole publication is like a crossword with most of the clues missing – and unless changes are made now we will never get the solutions that our ailing rivers so desperately need.”
Arlin Rickard, director of the Association of Rivers Trusts, said: “Our members were asked to feed into these plans with positive proposals for how to deal with the many environmental problems our rivers are struggling against.

“But despite our extensive knowledge of local rivers gained through many years of dedicated conservation work along their banks, many of our suggestions have failed to appear in the final plans which are limited in their vision. We are doing all we can to help the Government meet its 2015 water target but currently there is a lack of clarity as to how the work on the ground will be funded or delivered.”

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