Angling Trust Secures Funding for Fisheries Management Plans

The Angling Trust is pleased to announce that government funding through the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme will be provided to support its work on Fisheries Management Plans (“FMPs”) through the appointment of an independent research consultant.  This is an important breakthrough for UK sea angling and is the first tangible benefit flowing from the Angling Trust’s successful campaign for recreational sea fishing to be officially recognised in the Fisheries Act 2020 as a legitimate stakeholder in UK fisheries.

Over the coming years, FMPs will be developed for both single species and mixed species fisheries and will provide guiding frameworks for managing all fisheries stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the Fisheries Act.  It is crucial that these plans properly provide for sea anglers’ needs and deliver a sustainable future for our fisheries.  The Angling Trust will be working hard on the development of the FMPs to ensure the best possible outcome for recreational sea angling and the fish we love.

Stuart Singleton-White, Head of Campaigns at the Angling Trust said:

“The Angling Trust extends its thanks to BASS for their generous donation to support our work on FMPs, which has been match funded by the Marine Management Organisation.  The delivery of this funding marks the beginning of expanding our ability to work on this important issue that will shape our fisheries and the recreational sea angling experience for years to come.  We look forward to fighting hard for fish, fishing and the marine environment, so that sea angling can be enjoyed long into the future.”

David Curtis, Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (“BASS”)/Save Our Sea Bass said:

“We would like to thank all our members and supporters whose fund-raising work and generous donations have made it possible for us to support the Angling Trust on this vitally important project – in particular the members and supporters of the UK Bass Lure Forum and the Pembrokeshire Bass Lure Tournament.   We are absolutely delighted that work on a Bass FMP is expected to start soon, since proper management of our bass fishery is long overdue.”

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