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Angling Trust and Environment Agency announce £50,000 fund to help angling clubs and fisheries protect waters from invasive species and diseases

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency are delighted to announce the opening of a new round of the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) which will target tackling biosecurity threats and invasive species management. This funding will assist fisheries and angling clubs in protecting their waters from invasive non-native species such as the killer shrimp. Bids will […]

Three new record British fish ratified: ide, crucian carp, black mouthed dogfish

The British Record Fish Committee met remotely via online meeting facility on 19th July 2021. Present were: Mike Heylin OBE (Chairman), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Nigel Hewlett (Scientific Advisor, Environment Agency), Paul Coulson (Freshwater Specialist), Will Barnard (Freshwater Specialist), Andrew Nellist (Freshwater Specialist), David Craig (Ireland representative), Dr Phill Williams (Marine Specialist), […]

Angling Trust reacts to death of Prince Philip, a lifelong angler…

A passionate advocate for wildlife and the environment, Prince Philip was patron of Fish Legal since its formation in 2009 and for many years beforehand was patron of the Anglers’ Conservation Association, being highly supportive of its aims to protect waters from pollution and other damage. In 1998, on the celebration of the ACA’s 50th […]

Match and charter boat fishing to resume from March 29th

After what has been described as “intense discussions with government officials” the Angling Trust is delighted to announce that we have confirmation that all forms of angling including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing will be able to resume from March 29th under new Covid guidance for the return of outdoor sports and […]

Angling Trust challenges Ministers over Conservative ‘Anti-Angling Report’

The publication of a highly controversial and dubious report on Fish Welfare by the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation – a group supported by the Prime Minister’s partner Carrie Symonds – has been branded an ‘ill informed anti-angling rant lacking in evidence or credibility’ and a ‘gift to animal rights extremists’ by the Angling Trust. In […]

New guidelines from the Angling Trust on what anglers can and can’t do during lockdown….

After a hectic and successful week navigating the consequences for angling of the government’s decision to impose a third National Lockdown in England in response to the rise in coronavirus infections, the Angling Trust has published new comprehensive guidelines and FAQs to help anglers fish safely, locally and responsibly without falling foul of the law. The news […]

All angling banned in new lockdown….

STATEMENT FROM THE ANGLING TRUST – THE SPORT’S GOVERNING BODY Whilst the regulations have not yet been published we have been informed this evening by the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing in England will not be permitted during this national lockdown period. Whilst this is disappointing news I would […]

Match fishing banned in new lockdown – down to the ‘rule of two’

Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the […]

Campaign against pollution of Britian’s waterways launched by Angling Trust

The Angling Trust has launched a major campaign to halt the decline in Britain’s waters and protect the environment for future generations. With every water body in England assessed against the Water Framework standard failing, our rivers, lakes and coastal waters are in crisis with pollution from farming, sewage, plastics and litter the main cause. […]

Rod licence sales boom as lockdown eases

• Over quarter of a million licences sold after lockdown restrictions lifted • People across England appear to be turning to an age-old pastime with built-in social distancing Environment Agency figures released today show a huge surge in fishing licence sales after the government lifted restrictions on outdoor activities. Between 13 May 2020, when the […]

Fishing permitted from Wednesday this week: Angling Trust reaction

Angling allowed providing it’s done alone or with members of the same household and that social distancing rules are followed. But tackle shops remain closed.     The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the announcement today (May 10th) by Prime Minster Boris Johnson that recreational fishing looks set to resume in England […]

Plan for getting back to fishing from the UK’s angling governing body….

The National Governing Body for recreational fishing in the UK – the Angling Trust –  is campaigning for angling to become one of the first permitted outdoor activities when ministers review the coronavirus lockdown restrictions on May 7th. Fishing is one of Britain’s most popular pastimes and has long been known to be beneficial to […]