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Welcome to your

Sea Newsletter

 

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Fisheries Bill update: looks set to be a watershed moment for sea angling

 

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The UK’s new fisheries legislation is entering its final stages before it becomes law and looks set to be a watershed moment for sea angling. Over the last two months, the Angling Trust has worked tirelessly briefing members of both the House of Lords and the Commons to make sure recreational fishing is considered in the management of the UK’s fish stocks in future. The new legislation is due to also provide funding for the promotion and development of recreational fishing. Earlier this month we provided written evidence to the committee reviewing the Bill in the House of Commons and now await the report stage in the Commons before the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament and law.

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Sea angling forums prepare to go virtual

Building on the successful series of regional sea angling forums in 2019, we are keen to embrace virtual technology to host a series of exciting online forums for sea anglers. We aim to run a series of themed events with key speakers and giving time for your questions and answers. We are also looking to deliver events focused on your local areas. Who would you like to hear from and what would you like to see covered? Please let Nevin Hunter know at marinecoordinator@anglingtrust.net

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Angling Trust in the media

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine was on Talk Radio earlier this month discussing the complex issue of the UK’s fishing rights once we leave the Common Fisheries Policy with host Kevin O’Sullivan. You can listen back to the interview here. The interview starts at 20:26 (select 20:00 – 20:30 at the top).

 

 

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Let's all be Anglers Against Litter

Anglers Against Litter is the Angling Trust’s campaign to provide a voice for anglers to engage with the issue of litter and plastic pollution. It outlines ways in which anglers, fisheries and tackle retailers can get involved to reduce and remove litter from areas where they fish. Please support our campaign – and let’s tackle litter together! Find out more

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Take a Friend Fishing

If you are a freshwater angler too, now’s your chance to use your fishing licence to get a FREE one-day licence and introduce a friend or family member to coarse, trout or salmon fishing. Apply here – you’ll need your fishing licence handy plus a few details about your friend, including their email address. Offer ends 4th October.

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Fish of the month: Thornback Ray

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The most widespread of the rays around the UK coastline is the thornback ray. It gets its name from the sharp spikes on the back of the fish which help to distinguish it from other species. Thornbacks can be caught from both shore and boat and favour sand, mud or shingle seabeds. They can be caught on crab, squid and fish baits depending on the location. Once you’ve located one you are likely to find more in the area. Also referred to as skate or roker, thornbacks are a popular eating fish and their ‘wings’ often appear on restaurant menus, in fishmongers, and in fish and chip shops. The wings need skinning before eating. Watch out for those thorns!

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NOT YET A MEMBER? JOIN THE ANGLING TRUST AND CLAIM A FREE GIFT!

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The Angling Trust are a representative body for all anglers in England and Wales. Our members support the campaigns we carry out to protect fish and fishing and our programmes to increase participation. We are recognised by Sport England as the national governing body in England and promote active lifestyles and maintaining a regular angling habit. We are 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 and other categories. Please find out more.

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