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FOR me, this week has been about bidding to Sport England for funding for the next four years to support the work we do to increase angling participation.
The bureaucracy involved is immense and will be taking up a lot of time for several of us over the next couple of months. It seems likely that we may get less money than we did in the past, which is very disappointing. However, the National Angling Participation Plan that we are working on at the moment should enable us to secure new sources of funds to get more people into fishing without having to rely so heavily on Sport England funding. Clive Copeland and Jackie Sheldon from our Angling Participation department met with David Hall from DHP and he has pledged to support the production of a promotional video promoting angling participation to support our bid.
As ever, the rest of the team has been busy fighting to protect and improve fish stocks and fishing, both at home and abroad. Mark Owen and David Mitchell have been to Berlin to take part in the European Anglers Alliance meeting which sees national angling bodies from all over Europe gather to discuss marine and freshwater fisheries policies and European-wide issues such as cormorants.
For those wondering if our hyperactive National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter has lost his voice recently I can assure you that all is well. Martin has been spreading the word to our colleagues ‘Down Under’ about how anglers need to get organised and start demanding action to protect and conserve our increasingly over-exploited global fish stocks.
“Martin-the-pom”, as he is affectionately known over there, was the keynote speaker at Australia’s national recreational fishing conference in Brisbane where I hear that the delegates were much impressed by the work of our own Fish Legal in taking the fight to the polluters.
Inevitably, Martin packed a fishing rod and had some reel screaming holiday action with red emperors, coral trout, GTs and spanish mackerel. But my favourite picture that he sent back was of this lovely lure caught golden trevally (below) – what a shame they don’t live in our waters.
Successes on the Avon at the Evesham Festival
Will Smith reports back that the Evesham Festival was a huge success for all involved. It was brilliant to hear that two of our Angling Trust Ambassadors performed so well over the weekend with a win for Dave Harrell in the Shakespeare Championship match on Saturday after netting a huge 13lb 2oz barbel and for Alan Scotthorne who bagged his second Wychavon Championships the following day with a nice bream haul.
We had several new Angling Trust Trade Members sign up at the show. If you know a business which might like to join in this category and support our work fighting for the future of fishing please ask them to download a membership form here. Trade membership only costs £30 a year and has great benefits – we’ll even send them a special Trade Member sticker and certificate for that warm fuzzy feeling of knowing they are doing their bit for angling!
Meanwhile, we have now distributed 100,000 postcards to shops, clubs, fisheries and individuals who are doing a sterling job of distributing these to anglers all around the UK. Keep checking your tackle shop or fishery has some in stock and email firstname.lastname@example.org if they need a top-up. Thanks.
Gearing up Ambassadors Fishing Day on the River Wye
Nick Simmonds has been busy organising our first Angling Trust Ambassadors fishing day on the River Wye. This looks like it could be an interesting experience for at least one sea angling Ambassador whose beachcasters may be a little bit over-gunned unless the river is in flood! We are sorting out a loan of more appropriate barbel gear.
The fishing will include a brainstorming session to build on raising the Trust’s profile during the rest of 2012 through these well known anglers’ fishing and media contacts. More news about the day and pictures next month.
Key cases this week for Fish Legal
The Fish Legal team has been busy with preparations for trial in the case on behalf of Pride of Derby and Derbyshire Angling Association against the Canal and River Trust and Small Hydro Company Limited which will be heard in Nottingham later in September.
There has been a recent flurry of legal advice requests about everything from poaching to lease queries to hydropower development.
We have also been preparing to respond to the Law Commission’s recent Wildlife Law consultation and writing to the Marine Management Organisation to get to the bottom of their recent gaff on blaming sea anglers for illegal selling of fish. What links many of our legal cases together is the reluctance of regulators like the EA, SEPA and NIEA to do their job properly, which makes our job much more difficult.
Competition fishing at home and away
The international and national competitions scene is extremely busy for our small team.
The England Ladies Team have just returned from Holland ending the Championships in 7th position with the Czech Republic winning first position a record for the Ladies Championships by dominating the podium with their anglers filling gold, silver and bronze positions.
The England Boat Team are competing in the World Boat Championships in France from 1st – 8th September and everyone can follow their progress at http://www.wbftengland.co.uk The England Casting Team are competing in the World Casting Championships in Greece from 1st – 8th September.
For anyone who has qualified for the Pike final the coupon is now available until 2nd October in the Angling Times. There’s a £25.00 Entry fee for the Pike final on Saturday 3rd November at Whittlesey Waters, Near Peterborough.
The last qualifier of the Angling Trust and British Waterways Stillwater Championships is taking place this Saturday 1st September at Earlswood Lakes, Solihull with 50 anglers fishing to compete to win 5 qualifier places into the grand final on 22nd September.
A talent pathway programme for the North West is taking place on Saturday 1st September at the Cunneries Fishery, Chorley for all coarse anglers who are 17 years and under on 31st December 2012.
That’s it for this week here on the lively www.anglersmail.co.uk website, check in next week for more news from your representative body. If you’re not a member yet, now’s the time to join. We’re about to announce a number of new membership benefits. However, I think that every angler should join just to support our work fighting to protect fish and fishing for the benefit of all anglers. It’s only £25 a year to join, less than 50p a week. Visit www.anglingtrust.net and do it now. It takes less than 5 minutes.
THE NEXT ANGLING TRUST BLOG WILL APPEAR ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8.
MONDAY: Carp crews on rotation – Korda, Fox, Nash and ACE.
TUESDAY: Steve Collett, Mail contributor and ultimate all-rounder.
WEDNESDAY: Angler’s Mail HQ – yes, us!
THURSDAY: Specialists from Pike Anglers Club, Korum and Pallatrax, on rotation.
FRIDAY: Carl & Alex, Angler’s Mail juniors and video diary makers.
SATURDAY: The Angling Trust – guys at the governing body.
SUNDAY: Colin Mitchell, veteran coarse angler and top journalist