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Welcome to your August Sea Newsletter



Recreational Fishing In New UK Fisheries Bill Proposals


Last month the government published its long-awaited White Paper setting out proposals for a UK Fisheries Bill once the UK leaves the EU. A number of positive proposals have been made for recreational fishing after extensive lobbying by the Angling Trust. We will be responding to the consultation on the White Paper in the coming weeks.


Read more about the Angling Trust's reaction to the White Paper here



European Anglers Alliance Demands Reinstatement of Bass Bag Limit


The European Anglers Alliance has written to the EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella demanding a bag limit for recreational catches of bass be reinstated as soon as possible following a review of the evidence about the impact of angling. Unfortunately, a further delay is now expected as the EU Commission takes its holiday in August.


Help needed to report tuna sightings and catches


Help us understand more about UK bluefin tuna by reporting your sightings and catches. The Thunnus UK project is asking anglers to report old and new records of sightings and catches. This is an exciting way for Angling Trust members to contribute to the research being done into the presence and abundance of bluefin tuna in UK waters.


Find out more about the Thunnus UK project


Natural England SSSI proposals could impact sea angling



Natural England currently has a live consultation asking whether its existing byelaw-making powers in SSSIs are sufficient. Such byelaws could impact on activities such as bait collection by sea anglers. Find out more about the consultation here. The Angling Trust will be submitting a response saying that we feel their existing powers are more than adequate. Don't delay if you'd like to respond too - the consultation closes on 22nd August.



Angling Trust Responds To MCZ Bream Fishing Threat




The Angling Trust submitted a response to the consultation on the proposed Purbecks Marine Conservation Zone in Dorset which, if designated, could see restrictions put on recreational fishing for black bream in order to protect breeding fish.

Read our response here



Joint the Isle of Wight Day Coastal Clean Up


Saturday, September 22nd will see the UK’s longest ever coastline clean-up to rid the Island’s beautiful beaches of unwanted plastic waste. For information on why plastic pollution is such a problem check out our Take 5 film here.

Find out more


Do you collect your own bait?


Help scientists to get a better understanding of sea angling bait collection by completing this University of Portsmouth survey. It will only take a few minutes of your time!

Take part in the survey



New Safety ID Scheme For Boat Angling


The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have launched RYA SafeTrx, HM Coastguard’s new official voluntary safety identification scheme. The free to use RYA SafeTrx app is designed to improve safety at sea and potentially cut vital minutes off the time taken to pinpoint a casualty’s location.


Find out more


Get Fishing at the seaside…


Going on your summer holidays? Don’t forget to pack a rod and a few bits of tackle or you’ll regret it when you get there! There are loads of opportunities to get out fishing at the coast even if it’s just for a couple of hours. It’s a great alternative to crabbing on a rainy day and kids love it! All you need are a few small lures or bits of tackle and you can ask where to go at the local tackle shop. Rob Hughes explains all in Get Fishing’s ‘How to Sea Fish’ videos.



Tope wins July Species Hunt



Berg Power was the Specimen Winner for July in the Species Hunt competition with a superb 25lb 3oz shore-caught tope. Berg used a pulley rig with a whole mackerel fillet as bait.


Both the Senior and Junior Species Hunt competitions are tight, with only a few points separating the top three in each category. Check out the latest results here.







The Angling Trust is the united national representative body for all angling in England and Wales. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. Joint membership packages with Fish Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and other categories. Please find out more.

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