A loud voice for angling in the corridors of power

This week I was asked how much influence the Angling Trust has in government, and I thought that might make a good subject for my blog. The Angling Trust was formed five years ago following a merger of six national governing bodies for different disciplines of the sport and other organisations. We have now combined…

Are we fit to frack?

Last week, we launched a report challenging the government to regulate fracking properly, or risk harming threatened species and polluting our waterways. We teamed up with the National Trust, RSPB, the Salmon & Trout Association, the Wildlife Trusts and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to compile the report, which was peer reviewed by independent experts.…

Dredging and floods.

This week I’m handing my blog over to Martin Salter who this week we sent back to parliament to brief MPs about why dredging the hell out of our rivers is rarely a good idea! Read on for his rant on the subject… As Britain recovers from the wettest January since 1766, with parts of…

Banging the Drum for Angling in Both Houses of Parliament

The Angling Trust was busy representing the interests of anglers in the corridors of power on Wednesday last week, with our Head of Freshwater Mark Owen giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Select Committee in the House of Commons and our National Campaigns Co-ordinator Martin Salter briefing the House of Lords on amendments needed to…

Representing anglers in Europe

As Nigel Farage and other eurosceptics keep telling us, there are many decisions that affect our lives which are taken by politicians and bureaucrats in Brussels rather than in Westminster or our local Town Halls. Fishing is no exception – much of the environmental legislation that protects (or often fails to protect) our fish comes…