Category: Angling News

River Severn pollution report makes grim reading as anglers lead on citizen science – link to full report

A worrying level of pollution has been recorded on the Severn and its tributaries during a year of water quality testing organised by the Angling Trust. The Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN) – a key part of the Trust’s Anglers Against Pollution campaign – was launched in May 2022 as a pilot project in the […]

Recreational Bluefin Tuna Fishery Consultation Launched

Defra has launched a consultation on  ‘Permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of bluefin tuna in UK waters’. The consultation is open until 4th September 2023. You can view the consultation here: This is the next step in the development of policy options regarding the establishment of a Catch and Release Recreational Fishery (CRRF). Last year’s consultation on […]

Southern North Sea and Eastern Channel Mixed Flatfish Fisheries Management Plan Consultation Opens

Monday 17th July the Southern North Sea and Eastern Channel Mixed Flatfish Fisheries Management Plan consultation has opened for 12-weeks. The consultation closes on 1st October 2023. As the Angling Trust understand it, there will be two opportunities to respond: online consultation via Citizen Space, and in-person via a Defra roadshow (details still to be announced). You […]

Government and Environment Agency face High Court challenge over Yorkshire River pollution

Next week, the High Court will hear a judicial review of Government and Environment Agency decision-making that anglers claim has failed to stop two decades of pollution at Costa Beck, a small, spring-fed river in North Yorkshire. The legal challenge, being brought by Fish Legal on behalf of Pickering Fishery Association, is focused on updated, […]

Angling Trust launches ‘Fishing for Good’ 5-year plan

The Angling Trust has launched its vision for fishing and the environment in its five-year strategic plan, Fishing for Good 2023-28. Through the pillars of campaigning, participation, competitions and supporting grass roots clubs and fisheries, the report outlines how the Angling Trust will play a leading role in achieving key goals that will enrich and […]

Angling Trust: ‘Fish kills: Let’s be clear – they are not natural and not inevitable…’

A little spell of hot weather with some thunderstorms, some of which are locally heavy. The result? A spike in fish kills across our rivers and the loss of many thousands of magnificent and highly prized fish. In the past few weeks, the North West of England has been particularly badly affected, but we have […]