Angling Trust Ambassadors
Top names who now back the Angling Trust include angling adventurer and 'River Monsters' star Jeremy Wade, authors and broadcasters Matt Hayes and John Bailey, fly fishing expert Charles Jardine, England international sea angler Chris Clark and gold medal winners Alan Scotthorne MBE and Will Raison.
Isn't it time you joined too?
I'm supporting the Angling Trust because it's only interest groups that can put forward a united and coherent message who stand any chance of making any impact.
Author and TV presenter (River Monsters).
Being fragmented will only multiply the numerous problems for all anglers but having a strong unified body speaking with one voice will send out a clear message to those in power, it's the only way forward to protect the sport we love. Continuously complaining and moaning from the outside without any real goal will achieve nothing, it has a negative impact.
International match angler.
Waters like the Severn need to be looked after for the future of angling and I see that protection coming from the Angling Trust. I am honored to be asked to be an Ambassador for the Trust.
Journalist and presenter.
The UK could support world-class angling if the political will can be found to restore and protect habitat and fish-stocks in our rivers and seas. The will to do that will only come from a strong organisation speaking for all anglers, defending our interests and capable of taking on powerful competing interests that would diminish our angling heritage and ruin the ecology and environment that supports the fish on which we all depend.
Sea angling conservationist.
A unified representative body is something I've campaigned for over a long period of time. It's the only thing that make sense. If only everyone could see that and support it, everyone's sport - and where they do it - would see dramatic, positive changes.
Writer, broadcaster and presenter.
United we stand. Angling has for too long been divided and divisive. There are threats everywhere and a strong, united body is the only way we can face and counter such threats.
We have lost access to so many venues over the years that having the Angling Trust to fight our corner is a must. We need the Trust to fight for our access especially on rivers where we, as anglers, can keep an eye on water quality and predators that can create so many problems for fish stocks.
Alan Scotthorne MBE,
International and World Champion match angler
For too long angling has been run by well meaning amateurs, sometimes with misplaced loyalties. We need to speak with one voice. Given a fair wind the Angling Trust can achieve this.
Founder and Chairman of David Hall Publishing and lifetime angler.
I think we have to learn from past experiences and acting as one voice we can tackle issues within angling and the environment more effectively than small groups working on their own. Not only will this help us focus on important issues but we will have the strength and backing of all participants within our sport. Financial support can be raised and spent more wisely within this format as all donations can be clearly seen to make a difference and have an immediate effect. Most importantly a single body can be managed in a professional and more proficient way.
Deputy Chairman (Director) Fox International Group Limited.
I have been an angler for over 40 years and Represented England for over 15 years in the Ladies Course Team. The Angling Trust run all Team England matches and every match angler should get behind and support their work.
International Champion match angler.
Without the Trust commerce and officialdom would get away with murder with their plethora of "ions" - pollution, diffusion, abstraction, predation. But that one strong, knowledgeable and concerned voice can make sure we retain our green and pleasant land - and the rivers than run through it...
Writer, columnist for Trout and Salmon magazine.
The Angling Trust is the most important development in angling in my lifetime. For the first time it has given the sport the single, coherent voice it so long lacked. The trust speaks for us all in the face of ever-mounting pressures: environmental pressures (pollution, abstraction), social pressures (increasing detachment from the countryside, a consequent shifting of public attitudes to field sports of all kinds, reduced recruitment) - and the direct attacks of those who would see angling banned. To any angler who is not a trust member I would say join now, join today: protect the heritage that you have enjoyed - and keep it safe for your children.
Times Fishing correspondent, and Former President, the Wild Trout Trust
I've always believed that direct local action gets quicker and better results than a bureaucratic approach and this is the way I have proceeded with dealing with local angling problems for twenty years or so. It has worked well but today I am faced with problems on a scale that the individual has no chance of tackling successfully. I now firmly believe that supporting The Angling Trust is the only way forward and I pledge them my full support. Even so, they need the additional support of thousands of anglers like me and you or we will see angling as we know and love it slowly taken away from us.
Author and TV presenter.
It's time that all carp anglers join the Angling Trust to protect their fish and fishing from fish theft, fish disease, the taking of fish for the table, predation and angling bans. Get behind the Trust now. I'm a member and you should be too.
Top carp angler and former holder of the British carp record.
As long as individual voices can be heard within an organisation, it helps to have a single focus and point of contact for our concerns. The Angling Trust deserves the support of all anglers.
Comic actor and writer.
For the Angling Trust to have such a committed, experienced and passionate campaigner as Martin Salter fighting for our rivers will give every angler cause for hope.
Author and former record carp holder.
Fishing has been a massive part of my life since I was five years old and the thought of not being able to fish my favourite rivers in the future is something I don't even want to consider. I know many other anglers all over the country feel the same way and by supporting the Angling Trust we can ensure that we have the very best support in terms of fighting pollution issues, predation and poaching. I'd urge everyone to join so that we can continue to enjoy the places that we all love going to.
Champion match angler and Managing Director of Dave Harrell Angling Ltd.
Angling has a rich past and a promising future - but only if fishermen unite behind the Angling Trust.
Executive editor of Waterlog magazine.
With predation, pollution and poaching to name just a few things that threaten our wonderful sport, we need an organisation that will stand up and be counted and that is not afraid to voice anglers feelings. In my opinion that has never been done better than through the Angling Trust. Having all angling bodies under the same umbrella gives a much more devastating punch and in these trying times, that is what angling needs!
Commonwealth and World Championship medal holder.
Having been involved in angling politics for many years through the SAA and Zander Anglers Club it has always been clear that we need a single unified body to present our interests to Government.
Author and former British rod caught pike record holder.
I have always believed we need a strong national organisation to represent the sport of angling. All other sports have their national organisations. Today through the Angling trust we have one voice representing all anglers.
Author and BBC radio presenter.
It is important to have a single body to represent all anglers as this defends all our angling rights, represents all members at national and international level, builds closer relationships between anglers and environmental agencies, combats anti-angling and protects angling as a sport.
European and World Champion, member of Team England for 15 years.
Without the Angling Trust, who would we anglers turn to? All of the work they do costs you and me less than 50p a week! You don't even need to think about it. Just join now!
Match and specialist angling writer.
The environmental, economic and social pressures on our rivers and lakes come from all sides and will not go away anytime soon. Anglers are the custodians of this national heritage and we need to speak with one voice to be heard and to be influential.
President The Wild Trout Trust, Trustee The Norfolk Rivers Trust, Patron The Wandle Piscators.
It’s already shown that the strength in unity has given the Angling Trust the ear of various department of the government. One voice speaking for all anglers has got to be the only way we will be heard and taken notice of.
Former editor of Sea Angling News, Total Sea Fishing and Boat Fishing Monthly.
Musician and record industry executive.
If you are committed to angling; then you should be committed to this organisation. The Angling Trust exists for us: now, in the future and children's future. Just support them, please.
Expert fly fisherman and illustrator
The reasons I've joined the Angling Trust are simple and straightforward, it represents me as a fisherman, whether I am a game fisherman, a coarse fisherman or a sea fisherman. We are all anglers and the Angling Trust is driving our sport forward and if you don't join you're not a fisherman!
Angling writer and broadcaster.
Angling by its very nature is a vastly diverse catholic church with very little in common between the widely differing groups. Anglers, too, are by their nature shy, retiring and solitary creatures! If there is any chance of the sport being heard in political and wider social arenas then a single and effective mouthpiece must be created and be supported.
Angling writer and presenter.
Ask any sea angler what they would like to see in the future and I bet you that 99% of the time the answer is a collective more and bigger fish to catch. That is exactly what I want to see myself, and I firmly believe that now is the time to align ourselves behind the Angling Trust and give them the chance to make this a reality. I worry hugely about the future of UK saltwater fishing, so the least we can do is to give the UK's one professional organisation the best possible go at protecting our sport.
TV presenter, angling photographer and journalist.
Nothing in our crowded countryside faces the number of threats that our freshwater habitats face and for some of our fish the situation is becoming critical. So it is vital that we have a strong voice to represent their interests and the science to argue the case for their protection.
Angling writer and filmmaker.
The sheer diversity of sea angling inevitably results in a wide array of opinions on fisheries management issues. Sea anglers must learn to put their differences to one side in order to unite and focus of achieving far greater political clout for the overall good of our fishery resources and future sea anglers. We must work together to bring a cultural mindset change to fisheries management where currently short term political appeasement of commercial fishing interests dominate, to one where the restoration and well being of the fishery resources themselves become the overarching priority.
Sea Angling conservationist.
As a united body I feel angling is much safer and I would urge all anglers to join and make the Trust an even stronger body.
Bob Nudd MBE
Four times Angling World Champion.
Having fished around the world one single thing stands out when it comes to representation at the highest level. Any country that has not got a single body to represent it always struggles with angling policies. Not rocket science but a blatant fact!
Owner of Mallory Park Fisheries, director with The Angling Foundation.
Every major sport or interest needs a governing body to fight its cause and angling is no different. It's time for anglers to offer a united front and fight the problems we face together through one governing body. Only this way do we stand any chance of succeeding long term. You only have to look at the work that their legal arm Fish Legal has done to realise how important the Angling Trust is and the good work it can do providing it has our backing as anglers.
England International medal winner.
In a world of X-Factor moments and instant, mouse-click gratification, angling offers the long game. It stills the mind and awakens the instinct. It teaches you that, in the end, there's no winning and no losing, just the place and the moment and the doing of the thing. It is, in the very best sense, an education.
Angling Writer and broadcaster.
Having a smattering of organisations of paltry numbers rarely produces results. Whereas one huge body all banging the same big drum has clout... lots of clout. Take the "Birding" lobby, the RSPB as a prime example, where Just about every little grey haired old lady in the country is a member. Oh to wield such power!!!
Flyfishing and Flytying Instructor.
Malcolm Greenhalgh, Author and presenter. Wendy Lythgoe-Clark, Match angler. Jon Beer, Author. Jim Baxter, fishing journalist.
We will be announcing our second tranche of Angling Trust ambassadors later in 2012.
Martin Salter, the new National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust said: “It is now time that all anglers who care about the future of their sport got behind the Angling Trust so that we can have the mandate and the resources we need to persuade politicians and others in power to take action to protect and improve our fish stocks and fishing."
Join the Angling Trust online HERE or call 0844 770 0616 (Option 1).