Angling Trust Ambassadors
Top names who now back the Angling Trust include former England and Arsenal Goalkeeper David Seaman, ex-Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP, 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.
Fishing to me isn't just a sport or hobby it's a lifestyle and has been a huge part of my life since I was 13, without the angling trust the new generation of young anglers won't be able to experience what we have so as an angling nation we need to stick together and support this amazing organisation as the future of angling lies in the kids and fish stocks of today! Tight lines.
James Stokoe, The Big Fish Off – Earths Wildest Waters Finalist
All major sports have a national governing body backing them and we're very lucky to have such a committed, driven organisation in the Angling Trust. They support our anglers, the environment in which they fish, our national teams, and the development of schemes and programmes encouraging people to give fishing a go if they haven't already. I'm honoured to be an ambassador for the Trust!
I am so thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for the Angling Trust. For many of us fishing is a way of life no matter what the discipline or target quarry, it can take you all over the world and build you great friendships. Like most fishing fanatics I want to see our fish and their waterways looked after and protected, not only for me but for the future of fishing, I want to see more young people (and more women) encouraged to pick up a rod and shown how to love and respect our fish and pastime. The Angling Trust is there to do just those things for the benefit of all of us. Every angler should support the Angling Trust and their campaigns or our way of life could become a way of the past.
Jo Stephenson, Big Fish Off Semi Finalist, Fly Tyer and Guide
If I'm completely honest, I've dragged my feet for years over joining a representational body for angling and while I'm bearing my soul I might as well put my hands up and admit that, were I not asked to be an ambassador for the Angling Trust, I'd have likely procrastinated for a good few more. So why choose to do so now? Well, it's not through a sense of guilt or because I'm flattered by the gesture, although it is nice to be asked. However, now, more than at almost any point in the past, when over 60% of the U.K.'s rivers are failing, purely through low fish stocks, it's crucial that angling demonstrates a coherent, dynamic and unified front.
It ain't rocket science, there's strength in numbers and together the opportunities are boundless.
Budgie Price, Co-Founder of the Avon Roach Project
Angling is important in so many ways. Generations have enjoyed the benefits for years, but with time there is always change. With the Angling Trust we have a voice and it's this voice which will enable our generation, along with future ones to enjoy and experience this incredible pastime and all it has to offer.
Lisa Isles, Previous England International fly fisher and Greys Pro-Team member
As a passionate lifelong angler it is essential we have a strong and unified body to promote and safeguard the future of fishing and I would urge anyone with an interest in angling to join the Angling Trust, not just for now, but for the benefit of generations of fishermen to come.
Robin Morley, Deputy Managing Director, Daiwa UK
After exerting a great deal of pressure the salmon problem remains – water based salmon farms. The possibility of self-inflicted, infectious salmon disease is still with us and our only hope is if the Trust and Fish Legal can persuade government to legislate that all salmon farms are relocated to being closed containment units. I wish the Trust luck with this.
Tackle Trader and founding member of APGAI
Fishing is really important to me and I want to see it protected and promoted. I can see that the future of fishing is in safe hands with the Angling Trust fighting our corner and I urge every serious angler to give them their support by becoming a member.
Former England and Arsenal Goalkeeper
Increasing the number of youngsters coming into angling is a priority. I am delighted to be able to help and support the Angling Trust, our national governing body, make fishing as safe and accessible as possible for young people, their families and their communities and to urge all anglers to become members.
CEO of Get Hooked on Fishing
Angling is under pressure from many sources all of which are well documented and discussed in forums etc. Unfortunately these discussions are talking to the converted, mostly anglers and we need to reach the wider public and this is where the Angling Trust might succeed. It will not be easy and I personally fear for the future of Specialist Anglers especially on our rivers but without effort and finance we will certainly fail.
Specialist coarse angler and author
Joining the Angling Trust is a total no-brainer for me. It's the governing body for our sport, a unified voice that stands up for the rights of all anglers, all fish - and the habitat they live in. If you're not a member yet, then join now!
Radio and TV presenter of angling shows
I would be honoured and delighted to accept; I am eager to see more anglers both supporting the Trust and becoming more involved, and simply contributing more to their sport, and more importantly, the environment that supports the fish that they expect to be there for them to target! I am particularly interested in seeing more anglers back on our rivers, and supporting the excellent initiatives being undertaken by both the AT and other organisations in protecting and improving the natural habitat so important for healthy, self-sustaining fish stocks, along with a balanced ecosystem that will support the widest range of plant and animal life.
Specialist Angler and Writer, Barbel Society Research and Conservation Officer
I caught my first roach, rudd, perch and trout in 1968, and have now been running Famous Fishing, based on the English chalk streams, since 1995. Although catching fish will always be an important part of fishing, it means much more to me than that: it's taken me to some fabulous places all over the world, and many lifetime friendships have been forged through a shared interest. But perhaps the most important thing fishing has done for me, is to make me a conservationist, passionate about protecting aquatic habitats. The Angling Trust's record in championing the many causes of anglers, particularly in fighting pollution cases on behalf of its members, is a very good reason for anyone with a love of fishing to become a member. At a time when angler numbers are falling, it is even more important that we are prepared to stand up and be counted, and by joining the Angling Trust, you are stating that you care about future generations enjoying our wonderful sport.
Founder of Famous Fishing
We feel that every angler should join the Angling Trust. By coming together and supporting the trust, they will be able to protect the future of our much loved pastime. The Angling Trust gives anglers a voice, and by becoming a member you are doing your bit to secure a bright future for our much loved pastime.
Carl and Alex Smith,
Young video makers - www.carlandalexfishing.co.uk
Isn't it amazing how much pleasure angling has given our generation? And isn't it amazing how, just by giving your support to the Angling Trust, we can guarantee that pleasure for future generations to come?
Ian "Chilly" Chillcott,
Legendary carp angler and founder of English Carp Heritage Organisation
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
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.
Author, naturalist and fly fisherman.
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
Musician and record industry executive.
I have been fishing all my life and I have got so much pleasure from it. I think it's really important that we protect our sport, now and in the future. The Angling Trust and Fish Legal do a fantastic job protecting fish and fishing and they really need the support of every serious angler. Please join now and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
TV star and carp angler
The fight for better bass management and a better deal for bass anglers is vitally important for all sea anglers. We've endured decades of mismanagement of fish stocks for the short term benefit of commercial fishermen, with no regard for anglers. New EU and UK policy should see improved management of sea fish and more recognition of the importance of recreational sea angling. The Angling Trust are just as passionate as me about all types of fishing (I also coarse and fly fish) and it's essential to support their campaigns for better fishing. Please join the Angling Trust - it doesn't cost much and it might just improve your fishing more than the next piece of shiny new tackle you buy!
Bass Anglers Sport Fishing Society Campaigner
I am delighted to have my name added to the list of Angling Trust Ambassadors. Fishing has been an incredibly satisfying and enjoyable part of my life for well over 50 years. It has given me and countless others pleasure and satisfaction in all sorts of ways. I have long thought however that anglers need a strong, unified organisation to work on their behalf, and to ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing as we know it. Nowadays, given dwindling angler numbers, ever-competition for space and access from other water sports, and the relentless assault on rivers and other waters in the form of abstraction and pollution, such an organisation is needed more than ever. I urge all anglers to join and support the work of the Angling Trust.
Rod Sturdy – Angling Writer
Angling has played a big part in my life since the day I was born thanks to my father; his passion for the sport and that he created a business around the sport he loves. I have such a lot to thank angling for including lifelong friendships on top of just enjoying the sport on a personal level as a pastime. I am pleased to have been asked by the Angling Trust to be one of their ambassadors as we all need to work together to make sure that angling has a bright and flourishing future ahead for all generations to come, so they can enjoy the same experiences and pleasure that we enjoy from our sport.
Bev Clifford - Owner of Carp Talk Magazine and co-owner of Carpin’ On Show
I'm honoured to be asked to be an ambassador for the Angling Trust. The world has changed massively since I was a boy fishing with my Dad and there are now many more problems for angling to overcome, so if you love your fishing and all the wonderful wildlife and nature associated with angling, I strongly recommend you join the Angling Trust, who are both protecting and promoting our wonderful sport for our children and grandchildren.
Gary Edmonds – Team England Lure Angler
I have been fishing since I could walk; it has been a constant throughout my life.
I was introduced to fishing by my dad who was an avid and competent angler. I spent countless hours with him and school friends, trying to catch fish, mainly freshwater. As I got older I branched out and into most types of angling and love being an all-rounder.
Over the last near sixty years my angling journey has taken me a long way; it has provided opportunities to make numerous life-long friends and taken me to many wonderful places. I have been fortunate to have caught one or two specimen fish along the way!
Being nominated as an Angling Trust ambassador is a genuine honour. It is the only representative body for the whole of angling and I firmly believe that EVERY angler should be a member.
I am really looking forward to being able to put something back into the sport that has given me so much and will be supporting the work of the Angling Trust to secure a better future for fish and fishing at every available opportunity.
Tony King, Writer and Instructor
All fishers should join the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. The organisation is promoting our wonderful sport and is fighting for its future. At last, we are gaining a voice that is being heard by the political establishment and is holding powerful companies to account. The larger the membership, the more influence we can demand and exert.
Fishing isn't my hobby. It's my fieldsport - an all-consuming passion that fascinates, delights and challenges me on every level. It connects me to the natural environment. I am not observing from the outside; I am an integral part of that environment.
David Wolsoncroft-Dodds, Pike Fly Fishing Guide and WriterI have seen at first hand how effectively the Angling Trust lobbies on behalf of angling and the environment. It is a respected player in the corridors of power because its arguments are evidence-based and coherent. There has never been a more important time for a strong voice for anglers and the rivers, lakes and seas where they fish. It is an honour to be an Ambassador for the Trust.
I am proud to support the Angling Trust's campaigns, and the unique work of the lawyers at Fish Legal, to protect fish and fishing from a wide range of threats. It's vital that anglers support their representative body by becoming a member for just £25 a year.
Actor and TV presenter of angling programmes
Angling is a massive part in my life, being without it doesn't bear thinking about, and being part of a team of such passionate individuals committed in protecting every angle of our sport is an honour. I'm 100% behind the Angling Trust, just like every angler in this country should be!
Specialist angler, author and angling journalist
I'm delighted to be an Ambassador of the Angling Trust. Both as an angler myself as well as the promoter of Britain's biggest match - Fish'O'Mania - it's a sport that has given me great pleasure on many levels and continues to do so. I believe that fishing can be a powerful force for good and the cornerstone of that is a strong and active governing body. From televised match fishing down to Sunday afternoon pleasure angling, it is a sport for everyone, with very few barriers. That is why the Angling Trust has my whole-hearted support.
Chairman of Matchroom Sport, World Snooker Ltd and the Professional Darts Corporation
It was the close commitment of Fish Legal that got the Wiltshire Fishery Association our wins against over-abstraction from the Wylye recently with (as yet planned) reductions from two pumping stations that seriously impact the lower river--and that made a contribution to the water company's planning their regional water grid which is gradually being put in place. Never mind the abstractors and polluters themselves, the supposedly regulatory authorities (EA,NE,DEFRA) simply do not listen to the voice of the angler 'crying in the wilderness' unless effective legal threats and lobbying can be mounted, with powerful evidence, against their destructive actions and omissions. That is why I have been, and remain, a firm supporter of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal and I am delighted to be asked to be an ambassador.
Author and expert trout angler
I have fished since I was very young and love the sport, but if fishing is to continue as we know it, then we need to support the Angling Trust as they work to safeguard angling and improve our fisheries.
As anglers we all share the same passion and we should therefore unite and share one voice, this is what the Angling Trust offers us now and for the future.
Team England Youth Fly Fisher
More than ever angling needs a strong united body to represent the sport's interests and fight on its behalf. The Angling Trust is this body, however, its success can only be as strong as its membership and their support. I urge every angler to become a member!
Specialist Angler, angling artist and Illustrator
For years people have talked about a unified voice for angling, where sea, coarse and game anglers come together - and work together - for the good of the sport. Now that dream is a reality and we have a real opportunity to become a true force acting in the best interests of our members and the sport."
Expert angling guide 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.
Top International Angler.
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.
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.
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.
I have seen at close quarters over many years how the Angling Trust Angling Trust and Fish Legal stand up for the water environment and our sport. If I was a polluter or a plunderer I would be very afraid of this small but very effective band. It should be understood that it is the responsibility of every angler and angling club to join.
Charles Clover, Journalist and Author
I began my fishing career in the polluted rivers and canals of Manchester in the sixties. They have improved massively since that time, but we must continue the effort to improve all of the waters and environments we fish in. Anglers really care about their waters and the Angling Trust and Fish Legal can provide the coordinated means and strength to ensure we leave our waters in better condition than we found them. I am also a strong believer in getting kids outdoors and promoting the wonderful sport we enjoy and supporting the Angling Trust is one of the best ways of achieving this.
F1 Ex-technical director
Fishing is a way of life. Our culture is unique. The challenges faced by our sport have to be handled by people who understand what’s needed. Anglers are people who care passionately about their sport, their environment and the creatures living within it. Being part of the Angling Trust allows us all a voice to champion what we do and support the causes that really matter to anglers.
Andy Ford Reporter and Presenter for ‘Tight Lines’
I believe that all anglers should join and support the Angling Trust & Fish Legal. Fishing needs a voice strong enough to deal with, not just individual local issues that affect our fishing, but can also be heard on a national level. A voice that can deal with any UK and EU policies that threaten the future of our recreational fishing.
Fishing for me changed my life around at a very early age. As a young lad it calmed me, made me more patient, and allowed me to respect the environment and surroundings we have available to us. I have also been very lucky to go on and make my living from a sport that I adore. I strongly believe we need to become united to protect what we have and hopefully by doing so we will make things better for future generations.
Paul Devlin, Managing director, Glasgow Angling Centre
It’s an unfortunate fact that ‘Angling’ in general is well known for its apathy and always seems eclipsed when it comes to being listened to and taken seriously regarding important ecological issues; so joining and supporting a unified representative body with an increasingly powerful voice is, as far as I’m concerned, a ‘no brainer’ and when asked to become an Angling Trust ambassador, that too was a ‘no brainer’ and indeed an honour for me.
I would urge every angler in the country to join as the more members there are, the greater volume our collective voice will have.
We are simply the custodians of the ‘here and now’ and all have a duty to look after and protect our amazing pastime and secure its legacy for future generations.
Trevor Harrop, Co-Founder of the Avon roach Project
Angling means something different to every single one of us, for some it's all about size, for others it's about quantity, and for many it's nothing more than for peace and tranquility. To satisfy such diversity, we all require two common denominators; healthy fisheries, and good healthy fish stocks, and in my view we all need a good, solid governing body who will continually strive for, and fight for both.
This is exactly why I believe that every single angler in the UK should join the Angling Trust.
Steve Rowley, Writer, Pike Guide and Tackle Consultant
I am delighted to be asked to play a part in the Angling Trust as an Ambassador. The message still needs to be broadcast to ALL anglers to join up and make our presence known with a unified voice. There's much work to do, and I am going to do all I can to drive the sea side of the cause. A big voice heard in Brussels will carry enough weight to hopefully make a difference - but we must all play our part.
Sea angling journalist
I believe every UK Angler should put their wholehearted support behind the Angling Trust. It is no accident as to why avian predators enjoy inappropriate levels of protection, or why the current management of Rivers and Wetlands is so skewed against fisheries and towards wading birds. It is because the people supporting these agendas speak with united voices, with focus and passion to the right people. We anglers must do the same and we must do it better. The Angling Trust is gives us the very best chance of achieving this aim.
Angling TV Presenter (The Compleat Angler and The Game Fisher's Diary, etc.)
I think that every fisherman should be a member of the Angling Trust. As our main body they have the strength to make angling strong and if we are all together then we are a strong force to fight for what we need to make angling stronger, to protect the environment, and to help and promote youngsters into our sport. For a few pounds a year you can make a great contribution to the success of angling, let's all be together and be strong.
World Champion Team England Angler
Having been an angler from a young age I am delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for the Angling Trust. Angling is such a huge sport and as the country's governing body the Angling Trust is doing everything it can to maximise participation within the sport for all ages.
Team England Angler
I have been a Life Member of the Angling Trust, and formerly the ACA, for about a quarter century now, serving as a Director of the ACA for many years. Anglers need a voice, and the waters we fish need an even louder voice, if fish stocks and the ecosystems they depend upon are to be protected and valued. The challenges we face are daunting, but the Angling Trust is a strident voice I am happy to support in its efforts to secure future wellbeing: for fish, for anglers, for all of us into the future.
Dr. Mark Everard,
Author and specialist roach angler
Whether you're presenting hemp under a sensitive float for finicky roach, hurtling a paternoster rig towards the horizon in search of codling, or delivering a tiny dry fly to dimpling trout, all fishermen share a common goal. It's crucial then we pull together by supporting the Angling Trust, who work tirelessly to protect our waterways and rights for future generations to enjoy the very same passion we've experienced. I'm delighted to help this worthy organization, who are now clearly recognised when it comes to the voice for anglers
Fly Fishing Journalist
Since a young age my life experiences and been shaped by angling - friends made, places travelled, books read ... and now I take pride in helping others engage in the sport of angling and experience the wonders of the sport through my work at FLE. People should join the Angling Trust in order to ensure there is a bright future for others to enjoy, allowing future anglers the same thrill and experiences that we have been privileged to in years past.
Director - For Life Experiences
The Angling Trust recognises that angling is an activity disabled people like me can participate in very effectively given the right access and opportunities. I am a member and I urge every angler to join to provide a more powerful voice for anglers in all their diversity.
Founder and Director of the Wheelyboat Trust
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.
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.
Jon Beer, Author.
Martin Salter, 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."
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