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The Angling Trust has announced that another major angling organisation will become a part of the new organisation. The Confederation of English Fly Fishers voted unanimously at its reconvened AGM on Saturday 14th March, at Rutland Water, to wind up and become a part of the Angling Trust, as soon as governing body status for the Trust is confirmed.

angling trustAll of its activities will then be delivered by the Angling Trust. The CEFF will form a committee reporting to the board, called the England Fly Fishing Committee. Further discussions are ongoing with the England Ladies Fly Fishing Association, the England Youth Fly Fishing Association and the England Disabled Fly Fishers about their involvement with the Trust.

This latest development will bring the number of merged organisations to seven and strengthens the Trust’s representation of anglers’ interests in the UK.

Mark Lloyd chief executive of the Angling Trust says of the merger “I am delighted that the CEFF has decided to become a part of the Angling Trust. This will enable the Trust to develop national and international fly fishing competitions, to increase participation in all areas of fly fishing and to address directly the many issues affecting fly anglers throughout the country.”

Baz Reece, Chairman of CEFF comments: “CEFF has decided to become part of the Angling Trust because we can see that our aims will be best served by joining the single, governing body for all anglers. The Trust will attract new participants to our competitions, secure additional sponsorship for the national teams and provide a coaching framework to develop the skills of potential England team members.”

Source: Angling Trust

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Fish Legal, the legal arm of the newly-formed Angling Trust, has taken decisive action against a team of poachers operating in Eastern England. The poachers were found guilty but were fined just £60 and had their equipment confiscated. Fish Legal’s lawyers have threatened the poachers with an injunction to prevent them returning.

 Uk Fishing news from the Angling TrustAngling Trust chief executive said: “one of the priorities of the Angling Trust is to fight for better protection of fish stocks from poachers and other illegal activity. This action should send a clear message to all poachers that we mean business and will use all legal means to prevent them damaging our members’ interests.”

Letters were sent by recorded delivery to the poachers ahead of court action asking them to make an enforceable promise that they will never again fish on waters of the King’s Lynn Angling Association (KLAA). If they do not agree to the undertaking, then Fish Legal will apply for injunctions against them.

On the 25th May 2008 police arrested three men on the banks of the River Wissey near Hilgay, and took them to Downham Market Police station where two of the men were later charged. The individuals had been found with an assortment of fishing paraphernalia including a 60m x 2m net, a crayfish trap, several rods and two boats – one with an outboard engine. The men had set up camp on the bank and were barbequing some of their haul. In a particularly cruel attempt to keep their illegal catch fresh, fish – including tench and perch - had been threaded onto a wire which was then submerged.

All of the men arrested initially denied the charges brought against them. During police questioning, one of the offenders imaginatively claimed that the large net containing fish found in his possession was not his but had become entangled in his boat propeller.

Two of the group were subsequently convicted at Central South and West Norfolk Magistrates Court for a variety of offences under both the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 and the Theft Act 1968, including fishing in the closed season, fishing without a rod licence and illegal use of a net.

Ashley Brown, Secretary of the KLAA, explained: “The club has spent over £2000, with help from the Environment Agency, putting signage on all access points on club waters highlighting that no fish can be removed. When the defendants were arrested KLAA hoped the courts would make an example of them. KLAA felt very let down with the outcome and so decided to contact Fish Legal for advice on whether we could take further action as we needed a deterrent to stop people stealing our fish as these are the future of the club”.

This one of many benefits of membership of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal for clubs, commercial fisheries and riparian owners. This work can only be carried out with the support of thousands of individual anglers.

For more information on membership of Angling Trust, visit Angling Trust or phone 0844 7700616.

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Saturday, 14 March 2009 19:42

Fight for Fishing at Foremark

The Angling Trust today launched an online petition to reverse a decision by Severn Trent Water which would see angling banned from the dam wall and East bank of Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire.

Angling TrustSevern Trent Water has cited various reasons for the closure of more than two thirds of the reservoir to anglers, who have been fishing there for nearly 30 years. Their main concern seems to be health and safety, with concerns that anglers will hook passers-by or that they might fall over on the dam. There have been only 3 accidents in 29 years, all of them minor and none involving anglers hooking members of the public. They have even suggested that anglers fishing on the dam might affect its structural integrity.

The Trust is calling on all anglers to stand up and be counted to stop this nonsense. Signing the petition online takes less than one minute at www.anglingtrust.net/foremarkpetition.

Source: Angling Trust

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The Angling Trust’s northern and southern selection matches for the England team for anglers with disabilities have now been confirmed. The re-scheduled northern qualifier will take place on 5th April 2009 on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and the southern qualifier will be fished on 18th April 2009 at Gold Valley Fishery.

Angling TrustEngland Team Manager Joe Roberts has introduced two selection matches fished to international rules to help identify anglers who are of international calibre. A number of anglers from each regional match will be selected to fish a national trial and have the opportunity to fish for England at the World Championships in Portugal.

Any anglers with disabilities who wish to put themselves forward for the international team should contact their local Regional Officer for Anglers with Disabilities (see list below). The local officer will be able to advise them of the required style of international fishing and put them forward to fish the appropriate match.

Each angler must have at least one handicap point which is based on their disability, with the full team requiring a minimum of ten points in total to fish the World Championships. Team manager, Joe Roberts will assess each of the anglers’ disability on the day ranging from one to six points for the highest classification.

Potential anglers must also join the Angling Trust to be eligible to fish, which can be easily done via the new website, www.anglingtrust.net or by calling 0844 7700616.

Joe Roberts, England Team Manager, believes these regional contests are vital, commenting: “This year we have created a selection process that will enable us to see how anglers adapt to the style of fishing required to be successful on the international stage. We will also have more time to work with the anglers and create a team that can deliver at the World Championships.”

International Events Manager Dick Clegg supported Joe, adding: “The style required to fish at international level is completely different to the way anglers normally fish in this country. Having regional matches fished to international rules will give the selection team the opportunity to pick the very best anglers who have the necessary skills to deliver success in Portugal.”

Source: Angling Trust

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Anglers who have fished Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire for a generation held a protest outside Severn Trent Water’s Headquarters today after the water company refused to back down on its controversial plans to close two thirds of the reservoir to angling due to concerns about health and safety of the public, the anglers themselves and the structural integrity of the dam wall.

Angling TrustAfterwards, a meeting was held between Foremark Fly Fishers, the Angling Trust and the Operations Director of Severn Trent.

The Angling Trust and Foremark Fly Fishers will launch a petition this weekend at the Spring Fly Fair in Newark to seek the support of thousands of anglers who are angered by this decision by the privatised utility. The petition will go online next week on the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net

Earlier this week, support for the anglers case came from an unlikely source: the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), whose Strategy Division wrote to the angling club: “there are a great many myths circulating about what ‘health and safety regulations’ require; they are just that – myths. Unfortunately some organisations fall for these myths and act upon them. It does appear that health and safety is being used as a reason to limit the amount of fishing along the banks of the reservoir when the real reason may well be something else altogether.”

The HSE went on to suggest that the anglers ask the company for a copy of the risk assessment which led to the decision being taken. Despite several requests to Severn Trent, a copy has not been forthcoming and at a meeting with Peter Gavin, a Director at Severn Trent, it was confirmed that the document would not be released. This has led anglers to speculate that no such assessment exists.

David Coates, Chairman of Foremark Fly Fishers said: “I felt that the meeting was positive although no firm commitments were made, the dialogue has opened up and the company has agreed to make a ‘response with substance’ in the next two weeks or so.”

Alan Dawes, Secretary Foremark Fly Fishers and Angling Correspondent for the Burton Mail said: “it was good to meet Severn Trent face to face, and although nothing positive came out of the meeting, it was obvious that they listened to our grievances and were prepared to discuss it further in the near future.”

Mark Lloyd Chief Executive, Angling Trust said: “I am appalled by the way Severn Trent has treated their customers. There has been no consultation about this entirely unreasonable decision and no attempt to take on board our members’ suggestions for measures to mitigate any risks which might exist. It is clear that the Health and Safety Executive agrees. We will be calling on all anglers to sign our petition and, if they are shareholders or customers of Severn Trent, to write to the company and complain.”

Source: Angling Trust

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Tuesday, 03 March 2009 21:10

Angling Trust recruiting new staff

The Angling Trust announced today its intention to recruit staff to 6 new posts as part of its plans to merge with the Angling Development Board in April. The Trust is looking for committed, enthusiastic new team members to help recruit thousands of new anglers to the sport, and to membership of the Angling Trust.

Angling Development BoardAngling Trust

The new posts are: an Angling Coaching Manager (salary £30,000) and five Regional Officers (salary £22,000 to £25,000) located in the South West, South East and London, Eastern England, West Midlands and the North East regions respectively.

Funding from Sport England, totalling £1.56million over 4 years, has created the opportunity for these new posts to be created, which will be a crucial part of the Angling Trust’s strategy for increasing the number and diversity of people taking up the sport and working with angling clubs, fisheries and county sports partnerships to encourage people to keep fishing. The regional officers will help bring in additional resources at a regional and local level to help Angling Trust member clubs recruit more junior members.

The Regional Officers will also act as a point of contact in each region for Angling Trust member clubs, commercial fisheries, consultatives and individual anglers to raise their concerns about environmental and other issues affecting fishing. The Angling Trust will take action wherever possible to address these issues.

More information about the new posts and the work of the Angling Trust and the Angling Development Board can be found on the web site at www.anglingtrust.net (click on Job Vacancies for a job description and details of how to apply). A job pack including a job description and application form can be obtained from the Angling Development Board by emailing: info@anglingdevelopmentboard.org.uk

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Friday, 20 February 2009 21:10

England Trials for Veterans

The Angling Trust is giving anglers over the age of 60 the opportunity to fish for England, with the first 2009 trial for the England Veterans team taking place on Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 11th March

Angling Trust

This will be the first of a series of trials in which England Team Manager Joe Roberts will ask all attendees to fish the match to international rules to help identify anglers who are of international calibre. The match will give anglers a unique opportunity to fish on this year’s F.I.P.S.ed organised World Championship venue using the same tactics that will be needed on 11th and 12th July later this year.

Gold for Mark AddyEngland selectors will be looking for anglers who have an excellent knowledge of bloodworm and joker techniques demonstrating their ability to fish at international level. Anglers will also need to adapt their domestic style of fishing considerably following F.I.P.S.ed rules where only float fishing with a pole up to 11.5m or waggler are permitted.

Any angler who believes s/he has the aptitude to enhance England’s standing in international fishing further and contribute to another gold medal summer should contact England Manager Joe Roberts directly on 07860 469 595 or 01604 712 897.

Any potential anglers who would like to fish the trials need to be 60 years of age on or before the 31st December 2008 and join the Angling Trust to be eligible to fish, which can be easily done via the new website, www.anglingtrust.net or by calling 0844 7700616.

Joe Roberts, England Team Manager, is expectant of a good year for 2009, commenting: “Last year we had an incredibly successful World Championship in Portugal winning team bronze and individual gold with Mark Addy. This year the eyes of the world will be upon us, especially as we are fishing on home water. The anglers that come to trial will need to be at the very top of their profession, as nothing short of gold will be expected.”

Bronze medal for EnglandInternational Events Manager Dick Clegg supported Joe, adding: “There will be huge pressure on this year’s Angling Trust England Veterans team due to the venue. However, the team will be able to take nothing for granted as the skills required to fish to international rules are completely different to domestic angling techniques. This makes the series of trials that will be conducted by Joe, become even more important ensuring selected anglers have the abilities required to bring success on our home waters.”

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd commented: “we want the best team possible to ensure that the England veterans can continue their winning streak, and so I would encourage all eligible anglers to register with Joe as soon as possible. As the old saying goes: time spent fishing is time added onto life.”

Source: Angling Trust

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Anglers who have fished Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire for a generation were hanging their heads in despair last night after a meeting with Severn Trent Water’s health & safety officials who confirmed that two thirds of the reservoir is to be closed for angling due to concerns about health and safety of the public, the anglers themselves and the structural integrity of the dam wall.

Angling TrustSevern Trent’s official said that he was concerned about non-angling visitors getting hooked by fly anglers’ back casts and anglers tripping over on the uneven surface of the dam wall, which comprises a gently-shelving structure built of large rocks. Nearly three miles of bank previously available to anglers will now be closed to all fishing at all times of the year.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 21:20

Your Chance to Fish for England

The Angling Trust is giving Anglers with Disabilities the opportunity to fish for England, with the first of two selection events taking place on 8th February on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal near Kirk Bramwith, Doncaster.

Angling TrustEngland Team Manager Joe Roberts is introducing a northern and southern England match fished to international rules to help identify anglers who are of international calibre. A number of anglers from each regional match will be selected to fish a national trial and have the opportunity to fish for England at the World Championships in Portugal.

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Saturday, 17 January 2009 10:22

A Trust for all Anglers

The merger of six angling and conservation bodies creating the Angling Trust, the new voice of angling, was completed to plan on Monday, January 5 2009.

Angling Trust“It is an organisation angling has needed for many years,” said Stephen Marsh-Smith, the first chairman of the Trust. “It represents more than a million regular coarse, game and sea anglers in England. Angling contributes £3.5 billion to the economy and supports 37,000 jobs.”

Embodying all the assets and staff of the legacy organisations, the trust will be publicly launched at 10 am next Wednesday, January 14 at the Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge.

Among the guests will be Martin Salter MP, the government’s spokesman for angling and shooting.

A trust for all anglers“Dr. Marsh-Smith said nearly 2,500 individual anglers and clubs had already signed-up to the trust which would “run a forthright campaign to conserve marine and freshwater fisheries, promote and protect all recreational angling against commercial overfishing, habitat destruction, poaching and disease.

“We also plan to develop coaching and education for new and experienced anglers, increase participation in national and international competitions and tackle the growing problem of the predators which attack our fisheries.

“It is an ambitious programme but we believe anglers will support us and we are encouraged by the supportive messages we have already received,” Dr. Marsh-Smith added.

Individual membership is £20 a year which includes public liability insurance, newsletters and magazines. Members will be enrolled in Fish for Free (www.fishforfree.net) an innovative loyalty programme which generates credits for fishing equipment, permits and the freshwater rod licence. Clubs will be able to join Fish Legal which provides advice and takes action against polluters.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: “Now that we have a single body for all anglers with a comprehensive benefits, we look forward to their support and to working for and with them. We will only be able to do that if we have the mandate and the resources to do so.”

The Angling Trust’s web site www.anglingtrust.net is now live and will be developed further over the next few weeks. Anglers can sign up on-line, by telephone or by post.

Source: Angling Trust

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