As part of our Anglers Against Pollution campaign, we've been calling for more boots on the ground to carry out proper monitoring and enforcement of agricultural pollution. The EA have responded by announcing they are looking to recruit 50 new farm inspectors in England.
Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook said: "The fact that the EA are now recruiting large numbers of new farm inspectors is a significant sign that our voice is being heard. There is still a huge amount of work to be done and we have yet to hear the detail of how these staff will be deployed, but we should celebrate these victories and I would personally like to thank every angler who has signed the petition, bought a T-Shirt, joined the Trust or supported the campaign in any way. "
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Water companies failing to stop sewage spills pollution
Water companies are continuing to fail to cut pollution from raw sewage spills into our rivers and coastal waters. According to the Environment Agency’s Environmental Performance Report for 2020, of the nine water and sewage companies included “no water company achieved all the environmental expectations set out for 2015 to 2020”.
The report was published just days after Southern Water were fined a record £90million after the company admitted to 6,971 illegal spills from 17 sites in Hampshire, Kent and West Sussex between 2010 and 2015.
The Angling Trust will continue to press for polluters to be held to account for the damage they cause, and for the Government to restore funding to enable more monitoring of our waters. Anglers can play their part by supporting our Anglers Against Pollution campaign.
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Three ways you can support Anglers Against Pollution
Show your support by signing our petition which calls on the government to provide more funding so that laws to tackle pollution are enforced.
Wear our Anglers Against Pollution logo with pride by buying our T-shirts or Hoodies. All profits from sales will be used to support the campaign.
If you're not a member of the Angling Trust, please join us. As a non-profit organisation, we fight to protect fish and fishing for all anglers.
Sea angling's 'exciting' plans
The Angling Trust has set out its vision for sea angling in England and Wales describing the future as "exciting" with an opportunity to work with Defra to develop investment into the sport.
Treasure Your River!
The Angling Trust has joined the Treasure Your River anti-littering campaign to combat litter around seven of the UK’s most famous rivers and their tributaries.
Judge says Government's report promise is 'legally binding'
A Judge at the High Court has ruled that a promise made by the Government in 2015 to provide reports on sensitive rivers and lakes is enforceable. WWF, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal took Defra and the Environment Agency back to Court for failing to publish the reports, which are expected to detail the measures necessary to get sensitive rivers and lakes back to “favourable” condition after years of agricultural pollution.
Member discounts ... 10% off at Farlows and Sportfish!
Here’s a great offer from leading game and fly-fishing specialists Farlows and Sportfish. All Angling Trust members are entitled to a 10% discount online, in-store and via telephone mail order at both Farlows and Sportfish.
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WATCH: Take a Friend Fishing is back for the summer!
Take a Friend Fishing is back for summer 2021, giving even more people the chance to get out fishing. Between Friday 23rd July to Sunday 5th September (inclusive), existing fishing licence holders can register for a FREE one-day fishing licence from the Environment Agency. Watch the video then head over to the Angling Trust website for more details.
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No.1 website for Welsh anglers
Fishing In Wales is the no.1 website for Welsh angling, created by anglers for anglers. Where, when, how and what to fish for in Wales – we have it covered! Take a look for yourself
Fishomania Final: Can Andy land title for a third year?
The Fishomania Grand Final takes place this weekend at Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster. Defending champion Andy Bennett - aiming to win for the third year running - will be joined by 23 other anglers battling it out for the £50,000 top prize with £10,000 going to the runner-up. The competition is being shown live on Sky Sports.
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And they're all great swimmers!
Many of us have a soft spot for angling’s smaller species. But how much do you really know about these remarkable little fish? With the Olympics about to start, Angling Trust Ambassador and author Dr Mark Everard reveals his list of the fastest, toughest and weirdest small fish in our latest Lines On The Water blog.
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Anglers on look-out for pink salmon and red skin disease
The Angling Trust are asking anglers to be on the look-out for pink salmon and red skin disease in UK rivers this summer. Several records of pink salmon – an invasive non-native species – have already been reported in Scotland this year.
Anglers are also being asked to be vigilant for wild Atlantic salmon infected by red skin disease. Affected fish exhibit unusual haemorrhaging on their underside which can appear like a spotted red rash.
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TRADE TALK: N'ZON feeder rod series from Daiwa
The new N'ZON feeder rod series offers a broad range for light method feeder fishing up to extra-heavy feeder work on rivers. Starting with a 10’ classic method feeder rod featuring a parabolic action, through to a 13’ extra power edition.
The series is distinguished by their slim, well-balanced, tough blanks. The Cork EVA Armlock handle aids handling when applying power and features an embedded Daiwa logo. All feature HMC+® High Modulus Plus carbon fibre, Titanium Oxide guides and two carbon quiver tips.
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