Activist Anglers

Become an Activist Angler – your rivers, lakes and oceans need you!


Anglers have always quietly acted as the guardians of our waterways. Activist Anglers aims to empower and educate anglers on how they can make a difference and protect their local waterways.

Led by actor, and an active ambassador for The Angling Trust and Atlantic Salmon Trust, Jim Murray, Activist Anglers is a collective that all the angling community is invited to join. It is time that anglers’ status as the custodians of our waterways increases in recognition. Activist Anglers encourage anglers to feel empowered and be more active by working together to hold polluters to account and effect real change while also offering anglers the tools they need to become activists on the waterways they love. Activist Anglers work closely with Angling Trust and Fish Legal to offer opportunities to volunteer and support campaigns to protect our environment.


Jim Murray’s love of fishing both opened his eyes to the immense challenges our waterways face as well as inspiring him to act where he could and so the idea for Activist Anglers was born. Jim is an avid supporter of Fish Legal, an organisation that uses the law on behalf of anglers to fight polluters and others who damage and threaten the water environment. They secure compensation for members to help restore polluted waters, giving real power and action to anglers to force real change.

“There are millions and millions of us. ‘Angler’ covers everyone from children crabbing in rock pools to the seasoned fly angler casting for the elusive sea trout in Patagonia. Fishing is global, fishing is huge. It has never been timelier for our vast community to rally together to protect and fight for the future of our waterways. A single person can make a real difference. A little drive & passion translates into a lot of action, and that is what is needed now more than ever to demand the government’s attention in order to effect the change in policies that is so urgently required. Anglers are the eyes and ears of our waterways, the custodians of their future. We are many and if we all unite and become more active in our roles as guardians, we will surely force the change our rivers and oceans are screaming out for.” – Jim Murray 2023

Read the Activist Angler article by New Scientist HERE


Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved and become an Activist Angler:


Get your angling club involved in our Water Quality Monitoring initiative

Pledge to support our Anglers Against Litter campaign

Volunteer to help protect the environment by assisting our Environment Officers at events to clear invasive non-native species

Become an Angling Coach and share the joy of fishing

Protect our waters from poaching and fish theft by becoming a Volunteer Bailiff

Support Our Work

Join The Angling Trust & Fish Legal

Donate to the work of Fish Legal

Donate to the work of Angling Trust

Buy Anglers Against Pollution Merchandise

Learn More

Read the latest campaigns news

Read About our Anglers Against Pollution Campaign

Get an overview of Fish Legal’s latest cases

Other Resources

Fish Legal Website

Angling Trust Homepage

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Missing Salmon Alliance

Love Fishing Love Nature

Wild Trout Trust

Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme

National Crucian Conservation Project

Tench Fishing The Future

Grayling Society Conservation


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