Angling Trust & Fish Legal Newsletter

Updated: Mar 3

Welcome to the latest issue of our Angling Trust Members Newsletter. This month, we bring you updates of two campaigns that will be of benefit to coarse anglers in the north and sea anglers in the south. We also have details of a recently launched fund that clubs, fisheries and other angling organsaitions can apply for to encourage people to take up fishing. Plus, a great discount from CC Moore baits for members, an update on the work of Fish Legal plus much more... Tight lines!

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Get Fishing Fund now open for applications

Building on the successful launch of the Get Fishing Fund in December 2020, the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust have announced an additional £100,000 investment to encourage more people to give fishing a go for the first time in 2022. Funded from fishing licence sales, grants of up to £2,500 are available to benefit angling-based projects. The funding can be used to help purchase equipment, fishing tackle and resources to run fishing events and activities to give people the opportunity to get into fishing. The deadline for applications is Friday, 18th March.

How we can help with predation issues

Otter fences are one of the most costly projects a club could undertake, making it vital they function as intended. Even with regular maintenance, damage and weak points can often be overlooked, resulting in the potential for otters to enter a fenced fishery and threaten valuable stock. In this video, Richard Bamforth, one of two Fisheries Management Advisors at the Angling Trust, explains how we can help clubs and fisheries with predation issues and features the project undertaken by Leeds & District Amalgamated Society of Anglers at its Kippax Park Fishery. They received support from the Angling Improvement Fund which uses Environment Agency fishing licence money to benefit freshwater angling in England.

'Trial run' dates following Aire & Calder barge suspension Following the Canal & River Trust's decision on January 18th to order the suspension of the commercial barge responsible for significant fish deaths on the Aire & Calder Navigation at Knottingley, the Angling Trust has been notified of the dates of a series of trial runs being organised as part of further investigations.

During the trial runs, the barge will operate at progressively lighter loadings so that the Canal & River Trust fisheries officers and colleagues can assess the situation.

These will take place as follows:

Feb 3: 6ft 7in (1.98m) – loaded (return following day unobserved)

Feb 10: 6ft 2in (1.88m) – loaded

Feb 11: 5ft 6in (1.68m) – this return trip to be observed

Feb 17: 5ft 11in (1.8m) – loaded (return following day unobserved)

Campaign success as fishing returns to Admiralty Pier The Angling Trust and Dover Sea Angling Association have secured the reopening of the Admiralty Pier for fishing, which had been closed because of Covid restrictions and then security concerns. The Association and the Trust are working closely with the Dover Harbour Board to see its return in early 2022.