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Monday 10th August 2020


Tributes to Dr Stephen Marsh, Angling Trust co-founder and river conservationist


Tributes have been paid to Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith, one of our founding members and the first Chairman of the Angling Trust, who has died at the age of 69.

Stephen, described as “one of the giants of the world of angling and river conservation”, was passionate about protecting the environment and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to conservation, particularly on the rivers Wye and Usk.

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Angling Trust takes the HPMA campaign to the Environment Minister


Jamie Cook, CEO of the Angling Trust, held a face to face meeting with the Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow on Tuesday 14th July. This was an opportunity to take the concerns of many sea anglers, over the blanket proposal to prevent angling in High Protected Marine Areas, right to the Minister’s desk.

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The Latest From The Campaign Trail



What's the rush, Minister? Decision that beavers can stay on the River Otter taken too early


Rebecca Pow, the Environment Minister, has announced that beavers on the River Otter can remain. Originally released illegally, they have been subject to a study looking at their impact on the river and the species that depend on it. When it comes to the impact on fish, that study was too narrow and flawed in a number of aspects.

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Anglers anger at Defra's refusal to support UK programme on tuna 


Bluefin Tuna UK, the Angling Trust, and over 70 charter boat skippers have expressed their anger at Defra’s rejection of a “citizens science” programme based on a catch and release bluefin tuna fishery, called UK CHART.

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Angling Trust calls for well-resourced enforcement and monitoring in response to Defra's consultation on the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)


For over forty years, the EU Commons Agricultural Policy (CAP) has directed how land is farmed and managed in the UK. The departure from the EU and CAP gives us the opportunity to redesign agricultural policy to ensure farming practices continue to produce food for the table, but put in place practices that will protect and enhance the environment and provide ‘public goods’. 

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Environment Agency and Natural England condemned over Norfolk Broads Plan


Leading fisheries scientists and angling representatives have jointly condemned last week’s decision by the Environment Agency (EA) in East Anglia to grant Natural England (NE) a permit to block off the major spawning site for fish at Hoveton Great Broad in the northern Norfolk Broads in order to combat turbidity and promote better weed growth.

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Statement regarding members of the Missing Salmon Alliance



After discussion and detailed consideration of the tactical approach, the Missing Salmon Alliance has decided to pursue an advocacy course by engaging with the Scottish government with respect to future regulation of the aquaculture sector. The Angling Trust, Game Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Atlantic Salmon Trust support this approach. Salmon and Trout Conservation (S&TC) has decided to withdraw from the Alliance to pursue an alternative approach.

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Covid-19 Angling Support Hub

The Angling Trust's dedicated Angling Support Hub is packed with our latest COVID-19 guidance and information for anglers, clubs, fisheries and other organisations. We also have three dedicated support lines if you need to speak to us during this time.


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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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