A lot of anglers ask me what the Angling Trust and Fish Legal do that will benefit them. We spent an hour in the office compiling a list of our aims, and some of the things we’ve achieved recently for the benefit of everyone who picks up a rod. Please read this list, and if you’re not a member, join us today for just £25 so that we can add to this list. If you’re already a member, please send a link to this page to every angler you know and let them know that they should support what we do as well.
Angling Trust & Fish Legal: Fighting for Fish and Fishing
• Improving and protecting fish stocks
• Providing a strong and unified voice for angling
• Promoting the benefits of angling for all
• Standing up for the environment
• Making polluters pay
• Supporting excellence in angling
What have we achieved?
• Won an injunction to stop a major hydropower scheme on the River Trent that was licensed to kill over 100 fish a day.
• Won a judicial review of the government’s river basin management plans in 2011 and secured £100m of new funding for improving rivers.
• Won significant new government funding to get more people fishing.
• Consulted 30,000 anglers and 780 organisations in bringing forward the first ever National Angling Strategy.
• Reduced poaching by educating Eastern European anglers about how to fish legally.
• Recruited 100 volunteer bailiffs in a pilot scheme that will be rolled out nationally.
• Won review by DEFRA of cormorant licensing and the bass minimum landing size.
• Secured support from the Environment Minister for keeping canoeing restricted to rivers with a public right of navigation and stretches with voluntary access agreements.
• Fought off accusations by the MMO that recreational sea anglers sell their catch.
• Managed and delivered over 200 major competitions and supported our England teams to win 6 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals at world championships and home internationals in 2012.
• Beat off angling bans and restrictions and fought against the sell-off of CEMEX lakes and other waters to non-angling interests.
• Trained 1,300 coaches and helped introduce approximately 100,000 people to angling in the past four years.
• Set up 35 County Angling Action Groups to organise projects to get more people fishing more often.
• Helped 91 clubs get Clubmark accreditation to help them get funding for angling participation work.
• Secured a ban of the sale of invasive plants such as floating pennywort.
• Provided free legal advice to 220 Fish Legal member clubs and fisheries in the last twelve months and continued to fight 50 separate legal cases.
• Introduced new benefits and discounts for members.
• Represented anglers on about 25 different working groups and stakeholder forums at national and international level.
Please help us do more of this and join today at www.anglingtrust.net