The Angling Trust is hard at work right around the country. Here's how our regional structure works:
Freshwater Regional Forums
We have Eight Freshwater Regional Forums right around the country.
These forum give anglers the chance to come together and discuss important angling issues. The Environment Agency also attend each meeting to give updates on their work in the region and to answer questions about their plans. Many of the regions have now switched to a theme based structure to the meetings where a main topic is explored in depth and experts in the field are asked to come along and share their knowledge. After these presentations there are Q&A sessions so that the subject can be explored by all who attend.
The Chairmen of each Region then sits on a national National Freshwater Committee which advises the AT Board on issues relating to policy. That way anglers from all across the country have their say on how The Trust should be moving forward.
To quickly see where and when the next Forum meeting is being held near you, just click the diary link below.
To finds out more about what's happening in your region, just click one of the links below. You don't have to be an Angling Trust member to attend the forum meetings but if you would like to vote at AGMs or be elected to a post on the Regional Forum then membership is required. The more members the Angling Trust has, the stronger our voice is to fight for the future of your region, it's fish and fishing. Join now.
Martin Salter addresses the East of England forum
The Angling Trust's Marine Regions are being based as closely as possible on the boundaries of the Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). We are working towards each region having a Fisheries and Access committee and a competitions committee. We are in the process of setting up new groups where they don't exist and are currently looking for volunteers who would like to be involved in promoting and representing sea angling at a regional level. Regions are regularly consulted and updated on the work carried out by the national Conservation and Access group and a national Competitions group, members of which volunteer and are recruited for their skills and specialist knowledge and experience in key areas of our work. Both groups and all our other marine representatives meet twice a year to discuss the Angling Trust's policy and focus on Sea Angling issues.
County Angling Action Groups (CAAGs)
The Angling Development Board has now merged with Angling Trust, it is funded by Sport England to set up groups at a county level to secure funds to increase coarse, sea and game angling participation. In the past year, 23 of these groups have been set up, involving member clubs, fisheries and coaches who are interested in projects with this aim. These groups are focussed specifically on angling development.
Coarse angling is managed by a team who assist Sandra Drew, the Competitions and Events Manager, in the running of all our national and international competitions. Sea angling competitions are overseen and managed by the Marine Regions and the Marine Committee. Game angling competitions are managed by the Confederation of English Fly-Fishers and its constituent bodies. Our aim is to set up a national Competitions and Performance Committee to link all three disciplines into a single strategy and brand. This will help us secure sponsorship and if possible government funding to support competition angling at national and international level.
Unless otherwise advertised as members only, all anglers and anybody else interested in angling or the angling environment are very welcome to attend our regional meetings. Details are available on the regions own pages.