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Roadmap Out Of Lockdown: What it means for angling

Updated: February 22nd 2021

The Angling Trust has responded to today’s government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions in England saying:

“Although it’s positive that the government have accepted the case that outdoor activities such as angling should be first to fully open up it looks like no real change for us until March 29th when restrictions are lifted and outdoor sports can resume. The Stay Home message and travel restrictions remain in place until then with the exception of a provision for outdoor recreation as well as exercise. Since angling has been deemed ‘permissible exercise’ throughout lockdown this is unlikely to affect us.

“We will know more when the regulations and DCMS guidance are published in the coming days and will update everybody if anything changes. Having a clear date at least means that anglers, clubs and fisheries can plan for the forthcoming season with more certainty and we can all look forward to once again being able to fish our favourite waters in a manner of our choosing.”

Currently anglers are restricted to fishing locally once a day, as a form of exercise, with one other person and no organised gatherings or competitions. Most other sports remain prohibited. The Angling Trust submitted a case to government for the early and full resumption of all forms of angling including night fishing and competitions. These will now be possible from March 29th.

The Angling Trust submission can be found HERE

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO said:

“Whilst many anglers would have liked to have to seen angling fully opened up earlier we have to accept that the timing was always a matter for government acting on public health advice. Our job was to set out how our sport can be conducted safely and why we should be in the first tranche to resume without travel restrictions and with both competition and night fishing back in place. This all looks set to happen on March 29th and it’s good to see a widespread acceptance that healthy outdoor activities such as angling will be the first to return to some form of normality.”

Statement from the Angling Trust

Updated: January 8th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

And by Sport England – see here.

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!

Join the Angling Trust today

Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook
Chief Executive, Angling Trust

Wales:

For advice about fishing in Wales during the pandemic visit our Fishing In Wales website

Lockdown Guidelines and FAQs: updated January 11, 2021

 

These guidelines have been produced by the Angling Trust in our capacity as the recognised national governing body for all forms of recreational fishing in England. They have been drawn up following extensive dialogue with relevant Government departments and our colleagues in the Environment Agency to help anglers, fishery owners and managers to better understand what is permissible under the current lockdown regulations that are in place.

The government has confirmed that local fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England under the exercise provisions. It must take place locally, in a socially distanced manner and only once a day.

“Fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors.”    [DCMS – 6th January 2021]

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and as anglers we all have a duty to abide by the strict and limited conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

This is a strictly limited resumption of local fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May 2020. We are in the middle of a public health emergency and the National Lockdown must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.

We have set out a series of answers to the most frequently asked questions to ensure that every angler is able to adhere to the rules.

Please Stay Safe and Stay Local 

 

FAQs

 

Can we still go fishing?
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with one other person from outside your household or support bubble.   Sport England confirmation here

Can we go sea fishing?
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with one other person from outside your household or support bubble.

Can we go fishing from our boats?
Yes, DEFRA have confirmed that fishing in the sea or in freshwater from private boats (along with other water sports) can be considered exercise and is permitted.

Why can’t we night fish?
Because exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever. This does not stop you fishing for an hour or so after dusk but fishing through the night is no longer permissible.

Can we fish matches?
No. Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so there is no match fishing.

How far can we travel to go fishing?
Only local travel is permitted for the purpose of daily exercise as set out in the Government’s travel guidance here

This specifies the ‘local area’ – ie. town, village or part of the city in which you live. However, there is a recognition that there will be a need to travel for outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

Anglers will need to apply commonsense and judgement in defining their local area rather than fixating on parish boundaries. A lake or river in a neighbouring parish may well be closer than one on the other side of the same town. In short, you should be fishing your nearest available waters.

If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.

Can my fishery stay open?
Fisheries are not on the list of businesses required to close under the regulations. Camping, chalet accommodation, club houses or social facilities of any kind cannot open though onsite toilets with appropriate hand sanitising can remain in place.

The regulation requires the closure of “outdoor sports grounds or facilities”; if you are concerned that this might apply to your fishery you should seek specific advice.

You are allowed to leave home to exercise (which includes fishing) outdoors, but you can only meet with another person in ‘public outdoor places’ which include parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them). This will apply to most fisheries either commercially managed or operated by clubs that are open to members of the public.

Can tackle shops still trade?
Tackle shops are classed as non-essential businesses and must close but they can still offer a ‘click/call and collect’ service.

Can we still carry out work parties on our waters?
Yes, there are a range of activities for which travel is both required and lawful including “for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home”.

However, numbers should be kept manageable and Covid compliant procedures must be followed. Please see our Guidelines on Bailiffing and Fisheries Management

Isn’t it irresponsible to go fishing right now?
Our case for angling to continue was based on the benefits to physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides, especially to those who do not run, walk or cycle. We also argued that it was ridiculous in public health terms to remove anglers from lakes and rivers where they were having very little contact with anyone else and to force them to take their time outside in the same parks and footpaths as thousands of other people. We have approved COVID compliant guidelines in place which have proved effective.

Is bait collection still allowed?
Yes. Anglers can undertake bait collection as their single act of daily exercise provided it is in their ‘local area’. Bait collectors would be running a risk travelling to any spot that is not the closest one to their home that they are legally allowed to dig or collect bait from. Anglers can also undertake bait collection and sea fishing combined as part of their ‘local’ exercise. If an angler or bait digger has a private arrangement with a private landowner to dig for bait we recommend contacting the landowner before digging.

Can I still Coach, Guide or Ghillie?
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with one other person. Sessions must take place in a public outdoor space and social distancing maintained. Any coaches or guides undertaking sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant national governing body safeguarding policies and procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under-18s and vulnerable adults.

Is there still organised fishing for disabled anglers?
Under the new Government guidance, anglers with a disability can continue to go fishing and access organised disability sport. ‘Organised sport’ refers to sport which is formally organised by a national governing body, club, public body, qualified instructor, company or charity, and which follows the relevant sport’s national governing body guidance. Please see FAQs provided by Sport England.

What powers do the police have?
The Government have chosen not to define a ‘local area’ in legislation which presents difficulties. Whilst anglers must apply their own commonsense and judgement there is a considerable level of discretion afforded to individual police constables and PCSOs. Each Police Area has a high degree of autonomy. The principle offence is to leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).

  • Leaving your home to take your daily exercise in the form of fishing is a reasonable excuse.
  • However, anglers may be challenged if they travel to go fishing in breach of the government’s guidance. We strongly urge adherence to the Angling Trust travel guidelines above to only fish your local waters.
  • The National Policing College guidance to all forces is to:

Engage – Talk to the Individual
Explain – Explain why it is important to follow the guidance and why you think that person is in breach
Encourage – Encourage compliance with the law/ request of the officer
Enforce – If all the above fails – Enforcement action

  • You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
  • Police officers and PCSOs also have the ‘power of direction’ to require you to pack up and go home and the power of arrest for failing to comply or to provide a name and address.

What to do if challenged while fishing

  • Be courteous and polite and make clear that you have lawfully left your home to take your daily exercise in the form of fishing. This is a ‘reasonable excuse’ recognised by Government as evidenced by these guidelines and the Sport England FAQs here
  • Demonstrate that your travel to go fishing is in accordance with the Government’s instruction to stay local and you are following the Angling Trust’s travel guidelines above to only fish your local waters.
  • Use the information here to demonstrate that you are acting responsibly and lawfully.
  • This should resolve most situations however, should the police officer decide to issue you with a direction order or fixed penalty notice you should accept it and pack up immediately and return home if so instructed.
  • Fixed Penalty Notices can either be paid or contested in a magistrate court at a later date.
  • Please avoid fishing in crowded places where social distancing could be difficult and might give rise to concerns over public health.
  • Conduct yourself responsibly and fish safely. Please remember we are extremely fortunate to be able to fish at all and we must all act as ambassadors for our sport.
 

Fisheries work during national lockdown: download this useful guide to bailiffing and fishery management

 
 
 

Further support

NORTH REGION
Daniel Williams
07854 240 368
[email protected]ngtrust.net 

Darren Birch
07791 164 921
[email protected]

SOUTH REGION
Dean Asplin
07854 239 731
[email protected]

Clive Copeland
07730 765 714
[email protected]

EAST REGION
David Munt
07854 239 715
[email protected]

James Roche
07791 786 251
[email protected]

WEST REGION
Dave Evans
07854 239 721
[email protected]

Richard Hadley
07720 974 811
[email protected]

Regional Enforcement Managers
MIDLANDS
Kevin Pearson
[email protected]
07495 433620

NORTH WEST
Dave Lees
[email protected]
07495 433618

SOUTH WEST
Nevin Hunter
[email protected]
07495 433622

NORTH EAST
Currently vacant

SOUTH EAST
Dave Wilkins
[email protected]
07495 433623

EAST
Paul Thomas
[email protected]
07495 433621

BUILDING BRIDGES
Jan Kansik
[email protected]
07495 433615

Advice for Individual Anglers

Our guidelines for anglers on how to go fishing safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. These guidelines are designed to help you make angling compliant with current Covid-19 regulations.

 
 

Guidelines for Freshwater Anglers

 

TRAVELLING TO FISHING VENUES

  • You should travel to fishing venues on your own or with members of your household. Only travel based on what is allowed under current Government guidelines.
  • Many clubs & fisheries are using booking systems. Check you are permitted to fish before travelling. Fishing without permission is illegal.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people (unless members of your household) in line with government guidance.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

  • Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc. Disposable gloves and use of face masks where appropriate are recommended.

READ CLUB & FISHERY NOTICES

  • Pay careful attention to club & fishery notices – if you are unsure speak to the venue for guidance. 

MATCH FISHING

  • The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS agreed that the new Angling Trust best practice guidelines were ‘sensible’ and could be issued as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England from May 25th.

WHO YOU CAN FISH WITH

  • You can fish with members of your household or up to 5 other people outside your household but you must stick to social distancing guidelines at all times.
PEG SPACING
  • There are no government rules with regards to peg spacing other than standard social distancing. Fishery Managers and Match Organisers should use common sense and do their best to ensure that pegs are as sensibly spaced as is practical on their fishery to ensure the safety of anglers.

SHARING OF FISHING TACKLE

  • Sharing equipment is permitted although should be kept to a minimum. If equipment is shared to take someone fishing, you should practice strict hand hygiene, cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after use. Equipment should be cleaned thoroughly in line with wider guidance on hygiene. 
TACKLE SHOPS
  • Since June 15th, tackle shops have been allowed to open subject to retail safety guidance. Tackle shops are also able to carry on trading by remote ordering (online, phone text or post).

USE OF KEEPNETS

  • Following the return of match fishing to the new Covid-compliant best practice guidelines, the Angling Trust has revised the overall guidance in respect of no longer discouraging the use of keepnets.

NIGHT FISHING

  • Fishing at night in England is currently allowed. When fishing is finished, any night shelters must be removed and people should return home.

KAYAK & BOAT FISHING

  • Following government approval for water sports to resume, we can clarify that this includes solo boat and kayak fishing, and shared boat fishing on both sea and freshwater with household members or up to 5 other people where social distancing can be maintained.

SHARING OF FISHING POSITIONS

  • Fishing positions or pegs should only be fished by individuals or members of the same household, or unless anglers can maintain social distancing at all times.

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • Do not leave home if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and follow Government advice on testing and self-isolation.

FISHING LICENCE

 

Guidelines for Sea Anglers

 

TRAVELLING TO YOUR FISHING VENUE

  • You should travel to fishing venues on your own or with members of your household – abide by current guidelines on social distancing whilst fishing.
  • Only travel based on what is allowed under current Government guidelines.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people (unless members of your household) in line with government guidance.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

  • Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc. Disposable gloves and use of face masks where appropriate are recommended.

PERMITTED FISHING

  • Fishing from beach and shore is permitted, along with small scale private boat fishing – provided you adhere to social distancing guidelines. Night fishing in England is currently permissible.

FISHING FROM PIERS AND BREAKWATERS

  • To avoid over-crowding, avoid fishing from piers and breakwaters if you have other alternatives.

READ HARBOUR / COUNCIL NOTICES

  • Pay careful attention to harbour and local council notices – if unsure seek guidance.

KAYAK AND BOAT FISHING

  • Following government approval for water sports to resume, we can clarify that this includes solo boat and kayak fishing, and shared boat fishing with members of your household or up to 5 other people where social distancing can be maintained.

SHARING OF FISHING TACKLE

  • Sharing equipment is permitted although should be kept to a minimum. If equipment is shared to take someone fishing, you should practice strict hand hygiene, cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after use. Equipment should be cleaned thoroughly in line with wider guidance on hygiene.

WHO YOU CAN FISH WITH

  • You can fish with members of your household or up to 5 other people outside your household – stick to social distancing guidelines at all times.

SHARING OF FISHING POSITIONS

  • No sharing of fishing positions / marks except by members of the same household, or unless anglers can maintain social distancing at all times.

COMPETITION FISHING

  • The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS agreed that the new Angling Trust best practice guidelines were ‘sensible’ and were issued as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England from May 25th.

PEG SPACING

  • For shore match fishing, we favour leaving peg spacing to the common sense of match organisers but recommend a 15 metre space. A 15 metre space would be preferable for pleasure fishing.

NIGHT FISHING

  • Fishing at night in England is currently allowed. When fishing is finished any night shelters must be removed and people should return home.

TACKLE SHOPS

  • Since June 15th, tackle shops have been allowed to open subject to retail safety guidance. Tackle shops are also able to carry on trading by remote ordering (online, phone text or post).

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Do not leave home if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and follow Government advice on self-isolation and testing.

 

Guidelines for Clubs and Fisheries

 

The Angling Trust issued the following guidelines to help keep venues safe:

  • You should consider how many people each venue can safely cater for. There are no government rules with regards to peg spacing other than standard social distancing. Fishery Managers and Match Organisers should use common sense and do everything possible to ensure that pegs are as sensibly spaced as is practical on their fishery to ensure the safety of anglers. Sharing of pegs should only be allowed by members of the same household unless there is sufficient room to ensure that social distancing can take place at all times.
  • Competitions may be organised, provided they meet current social distancing guidelines and follow the best practice guidance issued by the Angling Trust. See our Guidelines for Competitions.
  • Access to toilet facilities should be maintained in accordance with current Government guidelines on cleanliness.
  • The cleaning of gates, locks, boats, catch return boxes and other items that will be handled by anglers as part of their fishing session should be considered and wherever possible the number of individuals coming into contact with these items should be reduced.
  • Clubs and fisheries should consider the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members and volunteers. Government guidelines on appropriate PPE can be found here.
  • Fisheries that provide shared equipment, such as landing nets, mats, slings etc.,  should ensure that this equipment is cleaned appropriately prior to every use.
  • Contactless payments and pre-booking should be encouraged wherever possible.
  • Clubs are advised to display the guidance that anglers must follow clearly on site, and on your website.
  • For further information on the delivery of taster sessions or coaching events please read our Guideslines for Coaches, Guides and Ghillies.
 

Guidelines for Coaches, Guides and Ghillies

 

ADVICE FOR COACHES

How do I deliver a safe coaching session?

  • The coach or quality assured volunteer to participant ratio of 1:4 should always be maintained. This abides by the Government’s ‘rule of 6’ protocols.
  • At events where numerous groups will be present, a bubble should be created between the coach and participants. The coach should only work with that bubble during the event and should not move between different groups.
  • All bookings and paperwork to be completed online or remotely, prior to the session/event. It should also include medical requirements which should then be shared confidentially on a need to know basis. Ideally electronically such as text or email.
  • All contact details of attendees should be kept for 21 days to assist the NHS Test and Trace process.
  • Allocate specific time slots and control numbers.
  • Risk Assessment completed and shared electronically with all staff and coaches. This must include control measures for reducing risk of infection. Verbal briefing before commencing activity carried out, including processes and procedures for infection control of Covid-19. A Covid-19 risk assessment template is available to support event delivers during this time. Please contact the Get Fishing Team at [email protected] (clubs/fisheries/coaches in the North) or [email protected] (clubs/fisheries/coaches in the South) to access the template.
  • Handwashing and anti-bacterial gels or wipes should be provided and have the appropriate strength as set out by the government.
  • No food should be taken into, or consumed, in the coaching area. Personal drinks bottles allowed, but handwashing procedure, before consumption, must be adhered to.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres must always be maintained, unless in emergency situations. Procedures to cope with these possible occurrences should form part of the risk assessment and procedures in place to minimise contact.
  • Sharing equipment is permitted although should be kept to a minimum. If equipment is shared to take someone fishing, you should practice strict hand hygiene, cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after use. Equipment should be cleaned thoroughly in line with wider guidance on hygiene.
  • We strongly recommend the wearing of face coverings for coaching and participants, especially where social distancing of 2 metres may be impractical. Face coverings should be worn when coaching activity takes place indoors.
  • If you need support in managing bookings, a useful booking website can be found at: https://www.castbooker.com/add-your-fishing-business/

What about Personal Protective Equipment and Disinfecting?

  • Nitrile gloves, and the use of Personal Protective Clothing, if required, is encouraged.
  • All equipment used during the session should be cleaned. Surfaces and areas of use should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, this includes gates, locks, handles, tables, boats, seats etc.

What happens if someone feels unwell or shows signs of Covid-19?

  • Any instances of participants or coaches who report signs of feeling unwell, should be provided with an area or room to isolate until leaving the venue.
  • All circumstances relating to breaches of the session guidance must be recorded and fed back to Richard Hadley at the Angling Trust: [email protected].

GUIDES AND GHILLIES

  • When with clients, guides and ghilles are in a working environment and therefore government guidance on workplace safety should be observed at all times.
  • Every guide will need to make their own decision as to whether they are able to offer the level of service and experience their clients would expect under current guidelines – for those who decide to offer services we would advise the following points are adhered to:
  • Guides, Ghillies, Instructors must not make physical contact with clients and maintain social distancing guidance at all times.
  • A dummy rod or set up must be used to explain techniques from a safe distance, no direct contact with client or equipment.
  • No sharing of cars or physical contact of any sort.
  • Sharing equipment is permitted although should be kept to a minimum. If equipment is shared to take someone fishing, you should practice strict hand hygiene, cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after use. Equipment should be cleaned thoroughly in line with wider guidance on hygiene.
  • We strongly recommend the wearing of face coverings for coaching and participants, especially where social distancing of 2 metres may be impractical. Face coverings should be worn when coaching activity takes place indoors.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that the same person throughout the day ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.
  • 1 client to 1 guide ratio unless clients are members of the same household.
  • Weighing and photographing of fish should be carried out within social distancing guidelines.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

We’ve produced a video explaining how to run a coaching session safely during the pandemic:

Guidelines for Charter Boats

 

These guidelines have been issued by the Professional Boatman’s Association and the Angling Trust. It is general guidance. Each Boat Skipper will have adapted this guidance to suit the specific circumstance of their boat.  The Skipper’s instructions should be followed at all times.

TRAVEL UPDATE 15/10/20: We all have a responsibility to fish safely and to adhere strictly to the rules and to follow the appropriate guidance for travel in and between various areas. It is up to individual anglers to be aware of the guidance in force at any time in their own areas and in the areas to which they are travelling.

SKIPPERS GUIDANCE

  • It is your decision to allow passengers onboard and should you suspect they are displaying any of the Covid-19 symptoms they should not be allowed to board.
  • Before allowing anyone onboard you should ask if they have or have been in contact recently with anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 and you should use a digital temperature measuring device to test your passengers.
  • Collect the contact details of each of your passengers as part of the NHS Test and Trace data and retain this information for 21 days.
  • Carry out a full Safety Briefing listing all the measures in place to keep to Government guidelines and what passengers need to do to follow these guidelines.
  • All passengers must be required to bring face masks and should wear them if required by the skipper.
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times. You should only permit a maximum number of people onboard to ensure this. Government guidance changes regularly and may differ from region to region. You must ensure that the numbers of passengers you take does not breach official guidance.
  • If a passenger is suffering from a bout of seasickness they should be kept well away from the other clients.
  • Where possible you should use marked areas for passengers to sit in and fish from.
  • Passengers should only move around, once on board, if it is absolutely necessary. Remember, social distancing must be maintained when travelling and must be a consideration when setting your passenger numbers.
  • No unauthorised persons should be allowed in the cabin at any time.
  • You should discuss your measures for how people should move around the boat if necessary. If possible, you should have a one way system for people to move around the boat and a system of rotation to avoid passengers from coming into contact with each other.
  • You should deep clean the boat after each trip, ensure you comply with any harbour rules around the use of cleaning equipment.

ANGLERS/PASSENGERS GUIDANCE

  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms you SHOULD NOT board the boat.
  • It is the skipper’s decision to allow you on the boat and should he suspect you are displaying any of the symptoms he is within his rights to refuse you permission to board the boat.
  • If you are asked to wear Personal Protection Equipment by the skipper, you should do so.
  • The cabin is off limits to all passengers at all times. This is to protect the health of the skipper and minimise risk. Only the skipper can allow entry to the cabin in exceptional circumstances.
  • Anglers should take on board their own soap / sanitiser, small bait board, small knife and bucket with a string attachment – do not risk cross contaminating others.
  • Minimise the amount of fishing equipment you bring to the essentials ie only 2 rods, 1 medium size dry bag, 1 box plus your bait board and bucket. Bait can be carried in the bucket along with weights etc. Nothing is to be placed in the cabin.
  • Use your own hand wash and sanitiser regularly, ensure the area you are fishing from is regularly cleansed, especially handrails.
  • If you need to use the toilet, use your bucket where possible. Only if the skipper allows should you use the boat’s toilet, ensure you wear disposable gloves and follow the Government advice on cleaning your hands before and after using the toilet. Clean anything you touch in the toilet thoroughly using the cleaning equipment provided by the skipper, disposing of used material in the bin provided.
  • Keep all your ‘rubbish’ in your own bag and dispose of it ashore to avoid cross contamination.
  • Bring your own soft drinks (no alcohol, no glass bottles) and food. The boat’s galley area will not be available to passengers.

Please note this advice is only a basic guide to helping us to enjoy our sport. It is down to all onboard to ensure that Government guidelines are followed, and a duty of care is provided to all onboard by all onboard. Please be aware that Government guidelines are changing daily, and the skipper’s advice and guidance should be followed at all times.

QUICK CHECKLIST

  • Waterproof bag for your equipment
  • 1 x small tackle box and 2 rods
  • Small bucket with lanyard, small bait board and knife
  • Appropriate Personal Protection Equipment
  • Hand Wash and Sanitizer
  • Rubbish Bag
  • Drinks and Food.
 

Guidelines for Competition Anglers and Organisers

 

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Guidance for Competition Organisers

Following the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance relating to the phased return of sport and recreation, organisers of angling competitions are now legally required to carry out a thorough Risk Assessment to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.

To assist our member clubs and fisheries, the Angling Trust has produced a useful Risk Assessment template based upon standard angling competition best practice and with reference to the latest Coronavirus guidance and regulations.

This Risk Assessment highlights elements of competitions that may pose a risk of Covid-19 transmission through physical cross contamination or air borne infection. It may be clarified or amended by the competition organiser, club or fishery owner to align with their current or proposed Covid-19 practices, and blank template pages have been included at the end of the document to record these amendments or clarifications which can be handwritten.

For instance, organisers of major competitions may be able to carry out a live draw by social media and have all payments made by bank transfer, whereas a small club may only be in a position to have the match organiser draw at the venue and take cash for match fees and pools. The club must then use the blank template to record what measures it is taking to avoid a gathering at the registration point (air borne infection) and to handle cash (cross contamination). The competition organiser will also need to review and consider local area and countrywide Covid-19 restrictions.

Anglers must be made aware of the mitigation measures that have been put in place before the competition is held. Risk Assessments must be produced, signed off by the competition organiser and a record kept so that it can be provided to any authority that may request to see it.

With Coronavirus still a significant threat, competition organisers have a duty of care to all taking part and must give clear advice to anglers on the measures they have put in place to protect the safety and welfare of everyone involved.

 
 

Best practice guidelines

We’ve worked with leading anglers, fisheries and other angling organisations to produce best practice guidelines for the safe resumption of match angling. Click to read the advice relevant to your discipline.