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cormorantwatch The Angling Trust has successfully run a website to assist anglers and others concerned with the impact of fish eating birds on fish stock. helped us in our Action on Cormorants campaign - and the employment of three Fisheries Management Advisors (FMAs) funded from anglers’ Rod Licence funds and administered by the Environment Agency. The cormorantwatch website enabled anglers to report sightings of over 75,000 cormorants, goosanders and mergansers and produced useful data about the movement and impact of these birds on precious freshwater fish stocks.


Fisheries Management Advisors Blog Funded by rod licence money and employed by the Angling Trust, Jake Davoile, Colin Barker and Richard Bamforth are available for anyone in England suffering with Cormorant predation. Their roles are to advise fisheries on the most suitable methods to protect their fisheries as well as overseeing and implementing the year long trial of the area-based management and licensing for cormorants. Read more in their blog...

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Cormorants vs Roach video with Trevor Harrop Cormorants vs Roach features Trevor Harrop and Budgie Price from the award winning Avon Roach Project in Hampshire encouraging anglers to spend less time moaning about cormorant problems and to engage fully with the new system which can deliver more control licences for more birds over a wider area. Click the picture or title link above to watch the video now!

Cormorants and Fisheries Management Advisers


Our original cormorants campaigning postcard 

The Angling Trust has been campaigning for more than three years for new measures to tackle predation of fish by cormorants and goosanders. This campaign has been successful in securing a new initiative by government, which will be delivered by the Angling Trust.

In 2014/15, a one-year trial of a new area-based approach to cormorant management will be rolled out across England to help reduce cormorant predation on inland fisheries, while continuing to protect the bird’s conservation status.

The Fish-Eating Birds Review, commissioned by Defra, last year published its recommendations on reducing the impact of predation by fish-eating birds in England. New measures endorsed by the then DEFRA Minister; Richard Benyon include the introduction of three Fisheries Management Advisors (FMAs) and a new area licence to allow greater flexibility by encouraging and allowing fisheries to work together for greater effect. Whilst the main focus of the review was on cormorant predation 2 pilot areas will be considered for goosanders with details to be announced shortly.

Fisheries Management Advisors

It was the Minister’s decision that Fisheries Management Advisors (FMAs) be employed by the Angling Trust and that funding should be from anglers’ Rod Licence funds which are administered by the Environment Agency. (Meet the new FMAs further down this page)

This is the first time that a dedicated, full time, resource has been available to fisheries, riparian owners and angling clubs to assist with protection from cormorants and goosanders. At the end of the 12 month period the effectiveness of this change of policy will be assessed by Defra and the Angling Trust, along with other organisations involved with the review. Ministers have confirmed that after completion of the trial, if monitoring of the combined need for lethal control exceeds the current national limit of 2,000 cormorants (and up to 3,000 for short periods), the limit will be reviewed.

Having completed a 2 week training schedule in April, the FMAs will be visiting fisheries throughout the country assisting those that wish to take advantage of the new system with the planning, application and co-ordination required for the area licences as well as helping to monitor the system. They will also be available to assist those that wish to apply for a licence for the first time.

The FMAs will be very much focused on the issues around fish eating birds but will be able to advise those encountering other predation problems.

Each FMA will have a large area of the country to cover and will therefore work with regional forums, fishery associations, consultatives and other groups of fisheries and clubs as a priority.

Fisheries Management Advisors - Contact details

Please email, call our main office which is 0844 7700616 or contact the FMAs direct:

North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, West Midlands

South West, South East, London, South Midlands, East of England

Please meet the Fisheries Management Advisers below...

Richard Bamforth
From Lancaster, Richard graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a degree in Countryside Management. His subsequent career has spanned habitat & water management for a large Water Company, project manager for a Heritage Lottery Project which included working with farmers, other land owners and government bodies and has worked with large sporting landowners as well as conservation organisations. A keen trout & coarse angler, he also enjoys taking his family fishing.

Richard Bamforth

Jake Davoile

Jake has extensive ‘hands on experience’ in reducing cormorant numbers in circumstances where lethal control was not possible on a reservoir through extensive research and practical application. A graduate of the University of Birmingham in Environmental Science, he specialised in freshwater ecology and the habitat requirements of fish. A keen coarse angler, recent captures include a stalked brace of carp at 35 and 40lb as well as an 8lb 12oz chub.

Jake Davoile

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
Tel: 0844 7700616 (For Membership enquiries select Option 1) | Fax: 0115 9061 251
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