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NOVEMBER 2020

Fisheries Bill set to become law

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The UK Fisheries Bill is set to become law and will soon receive ‘royal assent’ from the Queen making it officially an Act of Parliament. As a result of the work done by the Angling Trust, recreational fishing will now be recognised and given a voice in how the UK governs and manages its fisheries. It will also qualify for funding for development and promotion of recreational fishing. This is a watershed moment for UK sea angling. The Angling Trust will now be working to ensure that the government develops policies which support recreational fishing. Watch this space!

 

Update on Highly Protected Marine Areas

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The government’s plans for creating highly protected marine areas (HMPAs) around the UK have been put on hold while civil servants are redirected towards the huge amount of work involved in leaving the single market and customs union at the end of the year. The Angling Trust will be working with Defra in the new year on a research project looking at examples and evidence of how recreational fishing can be compatible with HPMAs in other parts of the world. This research could pave the way for recreational fishing to be permitted in some form within any proposed HMPAs.

 

Do you collect
bait in Sussex?

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Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is reviewing how bait and hand gathering are managed in the district and is looking for input of stakeholders to help inform decision making. If you gather your own bait in Sussex you can be involved by completing this survey.

 
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Specimen Award Scheme winners

As a result of the disruption to the scheme caused by Covid-19 and the lockdown, the Specimen Award Scheme manager, Eric Gerrey, has produced a report covering specimen award winners from February to September 2020. Congratulations to all the winners and please remember to keep sending your entries in before the scheme closes in December.

Specimen Award Scheme winners
 

Stay safe! Coronavirus advice guides for anglers and clubs

The Angling Trust has produced a series of documents to assist anglers and clubs during the current pandemic lockdown in England.

These free advice guides are ideal to download and store on your phone. You can also find more information on the Angling Trust's dedicated Covid-19 Support Hub.

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Information about fishing in Wales can be found on the Fishing In Wales website

 

Bluefin Tuna webinar: All you need to know

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Find out all you need to know about bluefin tuna and the campaign to establish a recreational fishery for them with this new webinar from Angling Trust director and Saltwater Boat Angling publisher, Tim Macpherson. Tim talks to Bluefin Tuna UK campaign director, Steve Murphy, in this fascinating interview.

 

Chance to win £2,000 and raise funds for the Trust's work

Our popular Christmas raffle is an important fundraiser for the Angling Trust. For just £2 per ticket you can support our work whilst hopefully winning a little something for yourself, too!

First prize is £2,000 CASH with fantastic runner up prizes including £1,500 and £750 of Daiwa UK tackle and Glasgow Angling Centre Fishing Megastore vouchers. You must be 18 years or over to enter.

Buy tickets online
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Local knowledge needed from Devon & Severn anglers

The Devon & Severn IFCA are working to create Fisheries Research & Management Plans focusing on bass, herring, squid, whelk and skates and rays within the Bristol Channel. The plans aim to review the biology and fisheries for these species in order to highlight gaps in knowledge and help direct future management. Local knowledge is important and can highlight how inshore fishing has changed over time in the Bristol Channel and to highlight the challenges facing fishers in the region today. 

Interviews are open to the public in order that the views of local fishers are accurately represented in these plans and incorporated into future management. If you have experience fishing off North Devon and North Somerset (past and present) and would like to be involved please contact the Fisheries Research & Management Plan Officer, Martin Peverley.

 

Marine biology event for 14-18s

The Marine Biological Association will be holding their annual Young Marine Biologist Summit on the 28th and 29th November. The online event is free and aims to engage young people aged 14-18 in marine science and conservation, and show the wide range of opportunities and career pathways available to them. This year’s summit will celebrate the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science and consider how the ocean may change in the future.

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Anglers needed to fight plastic tide

It's no secret that plastic is suffocating our seas. As anglers and users of our precious coastline it is partly our responsibility to take care of our ocean. The future of sea angling depends upon a healthy marine environment and we need you to help make that happen by supporting our Anglers Against Pollution campaign.

Find out more
 

Fish of the month: Coalfish

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Known as 'saithe' in Scotland, coalfish abound all around the rocky Atlantic and North Sea coasts of Scotland and the north of England and Ireland. Once abundant from the Cornish coast but less so now coalfish are often confused with pollock but can be distinguished by their straight lateral line. Like their close relative the pollock, coalfish are caught on a variety of lures such as the famous RedGill eel. They are not rated highly as an eating fish in the UK but commonly processed into fish fingers and fish cakes. Find out more in our Fishbook series of web pages that feature the most popular angling species. Please email your pictures of coalfish so that we can feature them on the page.

 

Fishing Buzz for fantastic videos

Did you know there are over 700 angling videos and articles on our website Fishing Buzz? Check out this recent video of John Locker shore fishing this autumn for undulate rays on the south coast.

Visit Fishing Buzz
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Watch volunteering video and download a free guide

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The Angling Trust has produced a Volunteering Best Practice Guide in partnership with the Environment Agency and is essential for clubs who work with volunteers - download  a free copy today!

 

Not yet a member? Please join today and support our work

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Supporting our work to protect and grow the sport you love has never been more important.  We have been campaigning for over 10 years to ensure that we have a stronger voice for angling in Parliament, investing in coaching and recruitment to grow our sport, making progress on predation and campaigning to halt pollution of our waters. Become a member for just £29 per year and we’ll give you access to an exclusive list of discounts - plus you can choose a fantastic free gift!

 

The Angling Trust is 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.  Click here for more information about membership

Angling Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee, company number 05320350. Angling Trust & Fish Legal, Eastwood House, Rainbow Street, Leominster, HR6 8DQ. Telephone: 01568 620447

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Quote"        The UK Fisheries Bill is set to become law and will soon receive ‘royal assent’ from the Queen making it officially an Act of Parliament. As a result of the work done by the Angling Trust, recreational fishing will now be recognised and given a voice in how the UK governs and manages its fisheries. It will also qualify for funding for development and promotion of recreational fishing. This is a watershed moment for UK sea angling. The Angling Trust will now be working to ensure that the government develops policies which support recreational fishing. Watch this space!"

 

 

Let's hope they don't see it as an excuse to TAX us :(     :smileys-fish-721285:

 

 

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