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Recreational UK bluefin tuna fishery approved; open from August 2024

After more than six years of dedicated efforts by the Angling Trust and the UK Bluefin Tuna Association (UKBFTA), the legislation enabling the opening of a recreational catch-and-release bluefin tuna fishery in UK waters takes effect from June 7th, 2024. This landmark achievement, under the guidance of the multinational Atlantic bluefin tuna organisation, ICCAT, paves […]

Redmire Pool’s Clarissa The Carp To Be Auctioned in July; expected to go for over £35,000

Dick Walker’s iconic former British Record carp, Clarissa, is to be sold at auction in July and is expected to attract bids in excess of £30,000. The fish weighed 44lb when landed in September 1952. It’s thought to be the first ‘named’ carp, something that is standard nowadays, and is said to have inspired generations […]

Angling Trust welcomes IUCN’s assessment of Atlantic salmon

The Angling Trust is a member of the Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA) and together we have welcomed the new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classification for Atlantic salmon, including listing the majority of the UK’s populations as endangered. This change in conservation status is supported by the research and work of members of […]

DEFRA announces intention to establish a Bluefin Tuna Catch and Release Recreational Fishery

DEFRA has announced plans to establish a Bluefin Tuna Catch and Release Recreational Fishery in England in 2024. Stakeholders welcome this but have serious concerns regarding some key aspects of the proposal. Three of the biggest stakeholder representative bodies in a future recreational bluefin tuna fishery have welcomed the publication by DEFRA of their consultation […]

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: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/recreational-aquaculture-and-migratory-team/bft-recreational-fishery/ 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, […]