News headlines Apr 14
10.03.14 River Close Season - Is it Time for a Rethink? In many parts of the country river anglers are coming to terms with an effective 6 month shutdown giving the annual close season debate an added intensity. In addition, the recent devastating floods have hit fisheries, tackle shops and the tackle trade particularly hard this year causing the Angling Trust to write to the Prime Minister arguing that these businesses should be included in the floods compensation measures. In response the Trust has decided to actively engage in the river close season issue and to seek a wide variety of views from anglers and fishery managers prior to making any formal approaches to the Environment Agency or to government.
10.03.14 Angling Trust Sets out Action Plan for Managing Impacts of Predation on Fish Stocks Following a wide range of work in the angling community about the impact of predation on fish stocks, including the recent publication of The Big Picture by the Predation Action Group, the Government’s reviews of cormorants, goosanders and non-native species such as signal crayfish, the Angling Trust has published a new action plan for managing predation. The plan details the management arrangements for cormorants and goosanders that the Trust has successfully negotiated with the government, and the experimental work it is doing with CEFAS to reduce signal crayfish, which are an invasive non-native species. It also addresses a number of issues related to predation by otters and mink.
05.03.14 25 New Ambassadors Celebrate Five Years of the Angling Trust The Angling Trust has marked its five year anniversary by appointing 25 new Ambassadors to help promote its work and to encourage more anglers to join its growing membership. They will join the 40 Ambassadors appointed in 2012 and fly fishing guide John Horsey announced in our Autumn 2013 magazine.
02.03.14 Sea Anglers Turn Out For Beach Clean-up Members of the World Sea Fishing forums and Sussex Marine Region of the Angling Trust turned out yesterday at Cuckmere Haven on the Sussex coast to participate in a beach clean-up following the recent storms. The clean-up had been organised by Brighton-based angler Craig Gosling and the Angling Trust were happy to help and lend our support.
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