The Angling Trust is the representative body for game, coarse and sea anglers in England and Wales. Our members support the campaigns and legal action we carry out to protect fish stocks and our programmes to increase the number of anglers fishing for fun and in competitions. We're fighting for the future of YOUR fishing, but we need YOUR support to do more. If you want to protect your fish and fishing, for now and in future, join your representative body today.
Fish Legal (formerly the ACA) a unique, non-profit making organisation set up to use the law to fight pollution and other damage to the water environment - both freshwater and marine - and to protect the rights of anglers and angling. We act for fishing clubs, fishery owners, syndicates, commercial fisheries across the whole of the UK. In England only, we act for the Angling Trust as well as other members.
Joining the Angling Trust as an individual member includes great benefits. You get 10% off at fishing venues, free £5m public liability insurance worth £14.99, entry to Angling Trust member only competitions two copies of our magazine each year, discounts on tackle, books fishing mags and outdoor gear, membership of our Fish for Free Loyalty Points Scheme, e-updates and members only prize draws plus more - for all the details click on the picture above...
Those who participate in sporting activities must ensure that anything they do does not cause injury or loss to other people or damage their property. Angling activities are no exception and the Angling Trust has developed a Civil and Employers Liability facility for Affiliated Member Clubs and Organisations. For the full details and to purchase this insurance call our office on 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1) - your call will only take a few minutes and costs less than 5p a minute from landlines.
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The Angling Trust are the only organisation that campaigns for all anglers on issues affecting salt and freshwater and the fish and angling activities of each of these environments. We employ a Marine Campaigns Manager and Head of Freshwater Campaigns to oversee these projects - our members have direct access to these employees and their teams. Fish Legal, the legal arm of the Trust in England fighting legal issues for its sea, coarse and game angling members. We need YOU to join us so we can campaign at the highest level and protect your fish and fishing.
Angling clubs need to be aware of various complicated things, including law, process, health and safety and risk assessment - and make every effort to keep their volunteers safe. Please download the The Best Practice Guide for Angling Club Bailiffs PDF by clicking the image above and make sure your club or fishery has a copy. This document is intended to be used in conjunction with our existing Elementary Guide to Angling Law & Fisheries Enforcement which can be downloaded from the Voluntary Bailiff Service page - follow the link on the left...
Coaching is key to the long-term development of every angler whether new to the sport or whether involved in performance squads competing across the world. Coaching courses offered by the Angling Trust will help set you on the right path to being able to provide the most appropriate coaching when the learner requires it.
Get hooked on fishing or get back into angling with angling participation events to get the whole family fishing... Want to get into fishing for the first time, bring your friends or family fishing, get back into angling after a break from the sport or just learn new skills and develop your experience? We've got a whole range of FREE activities for anglers of all levels to attend.
To every match angler the Fish 'O' Mania competition is one of the biggest in match fishing. With 24 qualifying rounds, a total of 3,820 tickets will be available to competitors as they try to add their name to the illustrious list of previous champions and scoop a cool £50,000 in the process.
Want to get into fishing or find out where to go fishing? Our new website Get Out There – Get Fishing has all the angling information you and your family need. Find out about angling events, fisheries and venues so you can start fishing for the first time, get back into angling or go family fishing after school or in the holidays.
"Whilst the lure of fishing for many is about the wonderful places it takes us and the friends we make along the way there has to be that extra ingredient that gets the heart pumping and keeps us coming back for more. Perhaps, for the dyed in the wool specimen hunter or match angler, it really is all about the size or quantity of the fish caught?..." Check out this and other blog reports from Martin Salter, Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator
"During my days as a serving police officer, one of the most frustrating things was having to return property known to be stolen to the thief, in cases when, for whatever reason, the case could not be proven. Now, anglers can now fight back – with SmartWater..." Read more in blogs from Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Manager in Lines on the Water - The Blog of the Angling Trust Freshwater Team
Follow the Rules Download this multi-lingual poster and laminate for use at your fishery.
Have a licence, follow the rules and don't kill, cook or steal the fish.
Close Season Poaching Poster Play your part in the campaign against illegal close season fishing - make sure that all anglers are aware of the rules with this simple but effective new poster that spells out the rules in five different languages.
Since the end of communism and the inclusion of certain former Eastern Bloc countries in the European Union, many people from those places have come to live or work in England. In countries such as Poland and Lithuania, angling is extremely popular – but the culture there revolves around fishing for the pot, a practice largely discontinued in Britain after the end of the Second World War. Here, anglers practice ‘catch and return’ in what is an enlightened, conservation-based, approach to fishing.
Understandably, British anglers have been incensed when valuable fish have been killed in England for the pot by Eastern European anglers – but information concerning British angling law and rules can be hard to find for people newly arrived in this country. The ‘Building Bridges’ Project, therefore, provides a facility to educate and integrate migrant anglers, and is an important component of our police-based enforcement strategy. Building Bridges is a component part of the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service.
The Angling Trust has fully researched angling in Eastern Europe, visiting Poland and Lithuania to learn about angling law and rules in addition to setting up working partnerships with government ministers and enforcement agencies. This has helped provide information on British angling in those countries, and we are supported here by the Lithuanian and Polish Ambassadors, and Daniel Kawczynski MP, the British Prime Minister’s Envoy on Polish & Eastern European Diaspora in the UK. For more information, please see:
At ‘grass roots’ level, our Building Bridges staff can help British angling clubs by translating their rules into different languages and providing multi-lingual signage – it is important to understand that not everyone responds to education, so prosecution, therefore, may be the only option; ensuring that there is no excuse for rule-breaking is an essential part of the evidence required – which is another reason we provide multi-lingual signage and information. Our staff engage with migrant communities, including schools, spreading the word and encouraging other ex-patriots to join British clubs and fish by the rules. Importantly, Building Bridges staff will also work with angling clubs to host integrated angling events. Building Bridges staff also contribute to Voluntary Bailiff Service training and Fisheries Enforcement Workshops, providing an always well received and thought-provoking presentation.
Any angling clubs requiring further information regarding or assistance from Building Bridges, should contact Project Manager and founder Rado Papiewski: email@example.com or 0572 779925.
Guide to Fishing Legally in England and Wales - Polish Version
Guide to Fishing Legally in England and Wales - Lithuanian Version
Guide to Fishing Legally in England and Wales - English Version
Meet the Team
Radoslaw Papiewski - Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Manager
As a young man, Rado migrated from Poland to Britain in search of a better life – and worked very hard, in various jobs, to achieve his aim. After completing HND in Business Management, at the City of Bath College he started his career in retail management. His passion for fishing, which was passed to him from his grandfather, accompanied his professional life all the way through.
Rado approached the British authorities for the funding of an educational programme, to make migrants aware of our laws and conservation-based approach – to prevent problems happening in the first place -Rado was able to set up the ‘Building Bridges Project’ and started working for the Angling Trust. Since then, Rado and his small team of migrant volunteers have produced multi-lingual leaflets for the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, multi-lingual signage for fisheries, and worked very hard to integrate migrants into British angling clubs, breaking down barriers by holding matches and social events – and, where necessary, working with the police and Environment Agency to collate intelligence on those who refuse to comply. Indeed, the Polish Anglers’ Association in Britain, which Rado and friends set up, goes from strength to strength and can only be considered a success story.
Rado, who is 33, said: "I am very honoured to be able to run Building Bridges project and contribute to development of better integration between local and migrant anglers in the UK. I believe this is the only way forward if we want to preserve our future of fishing’’.
Martynas Pranaitis - Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Officer
Martynas has been an Angling Trust Key Volunteer for over three years, soon after the Angling Trust Volunteer Bailiff Service was launched in South East England to help protect our fisheries.
Martynas says: “I was born and grew up in Lithuania in a small city with a 820 acre lake right on my doorstep. It was while I was still a teenager that seeing the effects of poaching on this lake influenced my decision to study Environmental Sciences and Ecology.
After I became a student the first thing I did, was visit the Lithuanian Environment Agency to apply to become a Volunteer Bailiff. Because of my enthusiasm, knowledge and patience I soon qualified to became a warranted Volunteer Bailiff with almost the same powers as a Fisheries Enforcement Officer. Working in the Environmental Protection Department’s “Live Nature Unit” team which has responsibility for water and hunting related poaching activity’’
Martynas, who is graduated with a Masters, added: “The only way forward is for European communities to embrace the law and culture of their adopted countries, as I have. I’m passionate about fish and fishing and protecting our fisheries. I very much look forward to the opportunity to work in the Angling Trust Building Bridges project to assist with its vital work.”
Patrycja Bury - Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Officer
Patrycja came to the UK couple of years ago with her family and has always been fascinated in nature, landscape and photography, but her real hobby is spending time on the bank with a fishing rod. Patrycja says: ‘’I’ve been fishing since I was a little girl and my father used to take me very often. It was strange for me because while my friends were playing with dolls, I played with a rod and reel! I clearly remember how much time I spent beside the small river flowing past my garden - fantastic memories.’’ Now Patrycja works for the Angling Trust as a Building Bridges Officer and added “My goal is integrate anglers and prove that people with the same passion can find a common language”.
Patrycja has her children hooked on fishing too and teaches them how to fish responsibly and according to the rules. Patrycja explained “It is my aim to teach my children what catch and release means and how important it is.”
– Angling Trust Nenescape and Building Bridges Officer
My name is Szymon and I am a Polish born angler. I came to England about eleven years ago,and like many of my fellow countryman I started to look for work and a better life. I showed interest for fishing since I was a little boy – I spent most of my free time on the local lake or river next to my grandmother house. After my relocation to England I searched for information about fishing in here. I spoke to many anglers who shared my passion and directed me to the correct information. A few years later I joined Polish Anglers Association club where I found a lot of useful information and a lot of people willing to help with understanding British tradition and way of fishing. I took part in many competitions mainly to develop my skills and meet like-minded anglers. I am a strong believer of integration and education and I am fully supporting AT Building Bridges Project, and this is why I become part of it. I hope I will be able to contribute to the integration processes and grow project activities in East Anglia region where I live.
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