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News headlines Apr 17

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31.03.17  Anglers support new initiative to restore rivers in UK and rest of Europe The Angling Trust is supporting the Living Rivers Europe initiative, launched this week by the European Anglers Alliance, WWF, European Environmental Bureau, European Rivers Network and Wetlands International. Living Rivers Europe has published a policy document that sets out a strong vision of healthy river ecosystems, flourishing with wildlife to the benefit of society at large, the economy and sustainable development in Europe.

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30.03.17  Scandalous waste of precious resources as Environment Agency contractors destroy river habitat After a lengthy investigation, the Angling Trust has uncovered evidence of the destruction of habitat for fish and other wildlife by Environment Agency contractors carrying out flood defence works on rivers in six English counties, in what has become an issue of national concern.

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28.03.17  Don’t bring back an invader! Invasive Species Week appeal by Angling Trust to anglers fishing abroad The Angling Trust is calling on globe-trotting anglers to minimise the risk of bringing unwanted invaders to Britain that could potentially damage fishing in rivers and lakes.

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15.03.17  Operation CLAMPDOWN 5 now running across England to target illegal close season fishing There are now 324 more reasons not to risk illegally fishing for coarse fish during the close season. That is the current number of Volunteer Bailiffs in England – and they will be keeping watch on their local rivers as Operation CLAMPDOWN 5 swings into action over the next three months.

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03.03.17  New bass rules WILL be enforced despite protest by commercial fishermen Attempts by commercial fishing groups to find ways round the new rules agreed by EU ministers last December to protect bass stocks appear to be floundering. It follows formal confirmation by the government, in response to an enquiry by the Angling Trust, that targeted netting for bass is no longer permissible and that enforcement action will be taken against transgressors.

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