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Angling Trust East of England Fisheries Enforcement Workshop a Resounding Success

06.06.14

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Angling Trust Ambassador Mick Brown and Fisheries Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar at the recent East of England Fisheries Enforcement Workshop.

In addition to training and working with police officers, a key part of Angling Trust strategy is to educate anglers regarding the intelligence-led system, the relevant law and best practice. In partnership with the Environment Agency, National Wildlife Crime Unit and Institute of Fisheries Management, the Angling Trust is holding Fisheries Enforcement Workshops in all eight of our regions in England.

The most recent of these was held at Brampton on 31 May 2014, attracting delegates from many angling clubs, individual anglers and single-species groups such as the Pike Anglers' Club and Zander Anglers' Club.

Joining us were Angling Trust Ambassador Mick Brown, Agency staff and police officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire Police.


Mick Brown said: "This event was inspirational. Like many others I thought nothing was being done – but I couldn't have been more wrong. There is a hard-core of dedicated professionals making waves behind the scenes and we have to support them. Listening to Rado Papiewski taking about his 'Building Bridges Project', aimed at educating migrant anglers and fitting within an overall enforcement strategy, was revealing – and has changed my way of thinking about this problem. In short, I really can't commend this initiative enough, and would encourage all anglers to get involved. That way we can all play our part in protecting our fish and fisheries".

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The East of England Fisheries Enforcement Workshop was another great success - from left: Tom Howard and Adrian Saunders (both of the EA), Mick Brown, Kevin Summerson (EA) and Dilip Sarkar, with police officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire Police.

These Workshops are  based around two documents, produced in partnership by the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, which have been endorsed by the National Wildlife Crime Unit and uploaded to the Police Online Knowledge Area.

These can be downloaded free, and we would urge all anglers to familiarise themselves with the content: www.anglingtrust.net/vbs

More Images:

High resolution images available on request from dilip.sarkar@anglingtrust.net

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Adrian Saunders of the EA presenting on how fisheries enforcement works

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Tom Howard of the EA/IFM talks through Health & Safety and Risk Assessment.

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Kevin Summerson of the EA explains how poachers operate - and how the Agency deals with them.

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Rado Papiewski inspired all present with his dedication and alternative approach for resolving issues with migrant anglers.

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