THE weekend’s Fisheries Consultative Seminar for the River Severn catchment has been hailed a success.

Nearly 100 delegates from angling and fisheries organisations in the Environment Agency’s River Severn catchment attended the seminar at the Ramada Hotel, Bewdley on Saturday 23 October 2004.

The event was organised by the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC) in collaboration with us and the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM).

The seminar was chaired by Agency Board Member, Professor Lynda Warren, who had also chaired the influential Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Review Group set up by the Government in 1988.

One of the recommendations made by delegates was to encourage anglers and angling organisations to establish consultative forums to give advice to us and the Government on the way our fisheries are developed.

A wide variety of subjects were covered during the day, all aimed at helping angling clubs manage their fisheries more effectively and work more closely, and in partnership, with ourselves and others having an impact on our fisheries.

Among the issues discussed were proposals for the establishment of a new system of stakeholder consultation forums to give anglers ‘on the bank’ more of a say in the future of their fisheries. Other presentations included fund raising, fish stocks, bailiffing procedures, health and safety, disability discrimination and cormorant predation and control.

A similar event aimed at anglers and clubs in the River Trent and East Midlands catchments is being held at the University of Derby on Saturday 20 November 2004.

Some tickets are still available for this event, which will be chaired by EA Head of Fisheries, Dr Daffyd Evans. These are available from the NAFAC Office on 0121 454 2886.