Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Get into fishing at hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
Under the Fisheries Act (2020), recreational sea anglers are a recognised stakeholder within UK fisheries management and, where possible, can access funds designated to the industry.
The Angling Trust believes the UK Seafood Fund does not currently meet the needs of the recreational angling sector and that it upholds unnecessary barriers to the sector applying for funds which are disadvantageous and unequal.
The Angling Trust advocates investment into recreational sea angling projects, including but not limited to infrastructures such as fish cleaning stations, water safety equipment and pier renovations; angling coaching; angling as a therapy for mental health and welfare; and believes funding for the sector will meet the objectives of the UK Seafood Fund whilst maximising the socio-economic benefits the sector can offer local communities and the national economy.
Funding for research projects into the regional importance of sea angling socio-economically, fish welfare standards and co-management for marine protected areas, for example, will also assist with improving the resiliency and sustainability of the sector whilst filling data knowledge gaps.
The Angling Trust’s response to the EFRA Select Committee Enquiry will be published in due course as per the requirements of the Committee.