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
The Angling Trust, as the national representative body, looks after all disciplines of the sport and recognises that carp angling is the most popular single angling genre in England today.
Carp anglers benefit from many areas of our work, such as fishery funding through the Angling Improvement Fund, campaigning on environmental issues that protect fish and fishing, offering advice, and, through Fish Legal, acting on members' behalf on issues such as pollution and damages.
The Angling Trust invests considerable time and resource directly into specific carp and specialist angling issues. Below is just a sample of some of the ways in which we're helping carp anglers. The lead in this area is Rob Hughes, well-respected carp angler and TV personality and Angling Promotions Officer for the Angling Trust.
Subject to final approval, from the 1st April 2017 anglers will be able to purchase a single rod licence covering them to fish with three rods. The majority of carp waters allow anglers to fish with three rods but the existing system means that carp and specimen anglers have to buy two rod licences, which effectively covers them to fish with up to four rods. However, anglers very rarely fish with more than three and therefore they are paying a premium for something they don't use.
The Angling Trust listened to the concerns of carp anglers and raises these concerns with the Environment Agency, who have reacted positively. Anglers will be able to buy an adult non-concession licence to fish with three rods for £45 (current cost £54).
Predation by otters
Carp are particularly susceptible to predation by otters and speaking to many carp anglers we understand the worries and concerns around the impacts of predation. Quite frankly there isn't an "easy fix" to the problem but we are working in a number of areas to find a solution.
Both our Head of Freshwater, Mark Owen, and the Angling Trust Freshwater Specialist Advisory Group, upon which a number of carp and specialist carp anglers st, are in discussions and working with the Environment Agency. Natural England and the UK Wild Otter Trust about the issue and what can be done to alleviate the problem.
A number of options are being investigated, such as deterrents and fencing, with a variety of ongoing research initiatives in place. What we have done already is offer funding assistance for otter-proof fencing through the Angling Improvement Fund, in partnership with the Environment Agency: a great example of rod licence money being re-invested back into fisheries for the benefit of anglers.
Another major development in recent months has been the issue of otter removal licences to our Fishery Management Advisors (FMAs) by Natural England after two years of negotiations with the Wild Otter Trust. This means that our FMAs can now legally trap and relocate otters that have become trapped inside a fenced fishery. This licence was funded jointly by the Angling Trust and the Predation Action Group.
Carp are valuable fish and poaching is a serious threat to the sport. The significant work carried out by the Angling Trust enforcement team has helped bring the issue of fish theft to the attention of the police.
Through a multi-agency partnership involving the police, Environment Agency fisheries officers, the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), Angling Trust voluntary bailiffs and other parties, patrols on the bank have increased and offenders brought to justice.
Operation Traverse and Operation Leviathan are both cross-force initiatives to highlight rural crime and both are having an effect. Additionally, the Building Bridges initiative has been running for a number of years and is helping to educate migrant anglers from Eastern Europe on catch and release and how to fish legally.
Control of disease
Raising awareness of transmission routes through which disease can be spread into carp fisheries. Undoubtedly the most severe and well-known in the present day is Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), and this year the number of confirmed cases of KHV in England reached an all time high. The Angling Trust have been working primarily through the Check, Clean, Dry campaign to raise awareness of the ways in which anglers can transmit diseases (and invasive, non-native species) both between fisheries and also from other countries into the UK. We also have a PhD research project ongoing to assess the attitudes and awareness of carp anglers in France and the potential for travelling anglers to bring carp diseases back home to the UK.
Carp Team England and Promotion of Carp Angling
The continued promotion of carp angling is vital to us, both from a participation and also a membership perspective. Carp angling is an enormous branch of the sport and the contribution it makes is both significant and recognised.
Take the Angling Trust's Carp Team England, for example. Over the last 18 months the 2015 World Championship winning squad have taken massive strides to promote angling both inside and outside the sport and to bring us in line with other sports.
Following on from the gold medal victory, a Ladies Team was brought together, competed at international level and won their first medal. Now both a youth squad and a disabled group are in the pipeline.
Carp angling is showcased at our major public events, at national sporting conferences and through specific initiatives, and within the sport we also offer "get into carp angling" projects to encourage participation.
So, the next time you get asked "What does the Angling Trust do for carp anglers?", you can answer..... in actuality, an awful lot!
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