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FIGHTING FOR FISH AND FISHING 2009 - 2014

What is the Angling Trust doing for my fishing? Why all anglers should join today!


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WHAT IS THE ANGLING TRUST? • The Angling Trust, formed in 2009, is the first unified representative organisation for all freshwater and sea anglers in England • Recognised by Government as the national governing body for our sport, the Angling Trust is a non-profit organisation working for the benefit of fish and fishing • It is funded by Sport England and the Environment Agency to deliver increased participation in angling, and membership fees are also a vital contribution to support its wider work • Fish Legal acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust and takes civil legal action against polluters and others who damage fisheries interests

“ I have seen at first-hand how effectively the Angling Trust lobbies on behalf of angling and the environment.” RICHARD BENYON MP Ambassador for the Angling Trust.

• Fish Legal offers free legal advice to its member clubs and fisheries on a wide range of issues THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR GAME, COARSE AND SEA ANGLERS IN ENGLAND

“ Anglers need a voice, and the waters we fish need an even louder voice, if fish stocks and the ecosystems they depend upon are to be protected and valued.” DR MARK EVERARD Ambassador for the Angling Trust.


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UNITY IS STRENGTH Angling is still one of the nation’s largest participant sports, enjoyed by more than 3 million people. It generates over £3.5 billion for the economy as well as directly employing nearly 40,000 people in England and Wales. The Angling Trust fights for fish and

Although Angling Trust clubs have

fishing on behalf of all anglers. We

a combined membership of over

are supported by 17,300 individual

300,000, the individuals are NOT

members, 1,500 member clubs

automatically Angling Trust members.

and 430 trade members and other

We all know that unity is strength which

affiliates such as fisheries and riparian

is why we are calling on all anglers to

owners who are the backbone of our

join us at www.anglingtrust.net/join

organisation.*

or call 0844 770 0616.

* Membership figures as of January 2014

THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR GAME, COARSE AND SEA ANGLERS IN ENGLAND

The Angling Trust fights for fish and fishing by working to improve and protect fish stocks, promoting the benefits of angling for all, standing up for the environment and supporting excellence in angling. THE ANGLING TRUST DELIVERS: • Up to date information on the issues that matter to angling • Accredited national voluntary bailiff schemes • Wide range of fishing opportunities and member benefits • Support for Angling Trust Team England

THE ANGLING TRUST AND FISH LEGAL ARE FIGHTING AND CAMPAIGNING FOR YOU ON: • Pollution, over-abstraction and litter • Declining marine and freshwater fish stocks • Commercial overfishing • Habitat degradation • Damaging barrages, weirs and hydropower schemes • Poaching and fish theft • Unlawful navigation • Spread of diseases, parasites and invasive species • Access restrictions • Anti-angling campaigns

• Increased opportunities to participate in angling • Professional coaching and angling education programmes • National competitions including Riverfest and Fish ‘O’ Mania • Practical support and advice for angling clubs

We have now concluded negotiations with the Government on the implementation of new measures, announced last year, to improve the protection of vulnerable fish stocks from predation by cormorants and goosanders.


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INFLUENCE AT WESTMINSTER WE HAVE: • Won important new controls on

• Won ministerial commitment for

cormorants and a major review on

keeping canoeing restricted only to

the bass minimum landing size

rivers with a public right of navigation

SAFEGUARDED OUR FISHERIES BY: • Winning an injunction to stop a major River Trent hydropower scheme licensed to kill over 100 fish a day

• Worked closely with major national environmental organisations on key

• Launching a radical new Charter

issues including abstraction and the

for Chalk Streams to fight over-

water bill, fracking and groundwater

abstraction and deliver better

pollution, dredging and habitat

protection

restoration plus estuary netting and marine species conservation • Helped persuade the government to drop plans to build a barrage across the Severn estuary

Fracking uses large amounts of water and presents a risk of contamination of ground and surface water.

THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR GAME, COARSE AND SEA ANGLERS IN ENGLAND

Stopped! ‘Fish-mincing’ hydropower schemes on the Trent and other rivers.

• Beating off angling bans and restrictions and fought against the sell-off of waters to non-angling interests

Launched radical new charter to protect chalkstreams.


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FISH LEGAL:

THE ANGLING TRUST HAS ALSO: • Delivered over 200 major competitions

• Since 2009, Fish Legal has advised

• Helped reduce poaching by educating

to date and in 2013 supported our

Eastern European anglers about how

on 1,364 legal matters which has

England teams to win 10 gold, 11 silver

to fish legally via our Building Bridges

resulted in a total of £357,000 of

and 6 bronze medals at the world

program (see website for details)

damages for its members. Since

championships and home internationals

2004 they have recovered just

• Recruited 100 volunteer bailiffs in

under £1 million in damages for their

a pilot scheme that is now being

members (who receive 100%). Making polluters pay.

• Won a victory against the

• Launched www.fishinginfo.co.uk to give anglers easy online access to fishing resources around them

rolled out nationally called the Voluntary Bailiff Scheme (VBS) (see website for details)

Government’s 2011 river basin management plans with a judicial review which secured £100m of new funding for improving rivers • Fish Legal is currently fighting in the courts for greater transparency in

Championing the environment.

the water and sewerage industry. The case was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling on whether water and sewage companies should be obliged to disclose environmental information to the public.

Winning compensation to re-stock pollution hit waters.

THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR GAME, COARSE AND SEA ANGLERS IN ENGLAND

We are proud to be working for Angling Trust Team England.

Just a few of the Angling Trust ‘Volunteer Bailiffs’, ready to go out and about on patrol.

Regional Officers provide help and advice in clubs, schools and at fisheries near where you live.


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CURRENT PRIORITIES INCLUDE: • Opposing plans to dredge the life

• Promoting major angling events and

out of our rivers, to introduce more

festivals and making the economic

damaging abstractions or to weaken

case for investment in angling e.g. The

environmental protection

Sea Angling 2012 report

• Securing recreational designation and

• Giving our sport a real future by

commercial restrictions for important

encouraging youngsters to get the

marine species such as bass, mullet,

fishing habit

wrasse and smoothhound

an end to salmon netting

invasive species like signal crayfish, killer shrimp and pennywort

anglers

More details of all our programmes

• NATIONAL FISHING LEAGUE – an exciting new competition

www.anglingtrust.net

• TALENT PATHWAY – developing your angling skills

information at

• COACHING – giving something back

are on our website at

You can also email us for more admin@anglingtrust.net Or call on 0844 770 0616

• LOCAL FISHING EVENTS – organised by our Regional Officers

• TEAM ENGLAND – Home Internationals and World Championships

• Strategies to tackle the spread of

closures and restrictions on access to

• FISHING FOR LIFE – our new angling participation strategy

• NATIONAL COMPETITIONS – match fishing at its best

• Stronger protection for estuaries and

• Fighting off fishery and clubhouse

GET INVOLVED WITH:

Dredging can cause catastrophic damage to river ecology and it very rarely makes any significant difference whatsoever to flooding.

THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR GAME, COARSE AND SEA ANGLERS IN ENGLAND

• VOLUNTEERING – how you can help out in the world of angling • REGIONAL FORUMS – for marine and freshwater anglers

The acclaimed Angling Trust anti-litter campaign ‘Just Take 5’.


JOIN US TODAY…

Individual - £25 per annum or £2.50 Per month via direct debit Go to our website at www.anglingtrust.net/join

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CONTACT ADDRESS: Registered Office: Membership and Fish Legal Angling Trust/Fish Legal Eastwood House 6 Rainbow Street Leominster HR6 8DQ

CONTACT ADDRESS: Competitions, Coaching and Finance Teams Angling Trust Strelley Hall Nottingham NG8 6PE

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