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2017 sees 122 offences of fishing during the coarse fish close season

The Environment Agency reported 122 offences of fishing during the close season, following 670 patrols carried out in the restricted period. The targeted patrols also detected 179 other offences, mainly unlicensed fishing. Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers were supported by 232 Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service members, carrying out over 5,000 hours of patrols under […]

Army of 474 volunteer bailiffs are helping the EA crack down on illegal fishing

Picture: Working together: an Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officer patrolling with West Mercia Police and a Volunteer Bailiff The fight against illegal fishing has received a massive boost with the recruitment of an additional 150 anglers to the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS). Following induction days held in six regions throughout the past three […]

The Angling Trust Manifesto for Angling: Brexit, fishing and the future

The Angling Trust has challenged politicians and political parties seeking election on June 8th to demonstrate their support for recreational fishing with the publication of a 2017 Manifesto for Angling. Angling Trust members and supporters are being encouraged to contact their local candidates with a copy of the manifesto and secure commitments to protect fisheries […]

Campaign to ban treble hooks….

A campaign has been launched in the UK to ban multiple hooks and in particular trebles from all disciplines of angling. The founder of is a life-long angler and strong believer in catch and release, and is looking for the tackle companies to back the movement with a phased in approach that would see treble […]

Political support grows for ban on bass nets

Politicians from right across the political divide, including former Fisheries Ministers Richard Benyon (Con) and Ben Bradshaw (Lab), have thrown their weight behind the campaign for a complete ban on bass netting. Across Northern Europe, sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers […]

Big Rig British Record carp record claim and Loch Earn trout claim rejected: Both ‘Cultivated’

News from the British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee meeting The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee met at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, on 29th November 2016. Present were: Nick Simmonds (Secretary), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Nigel Hewlett (Scientific Advisor, Environment Agency), Andrew Nellist (Freshwater specialist) Chris Clark (Sea fish specialist) and Paul Coulson (Freshwater […]

Angling Trust reminds Water Minister of government promises to protect our rivers…

The Angling Trust has written to the recently appointed Water Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, to urge her to fulfil promises from previous Ministers to reform the water abstraction licensing system and afford better protection to our precious rivers. The Angling Trust, alongside conservation and fisheries NGOs, has been calling for a reform of abstraction […]