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Get Involved in Our Regions If you would like the opportunity to get more involved with our regional forums, vote at AGMs or take up a post and make a real difference to the fishing in your region or if you just want to support all the work we do to protect your fish and fishing click the image above to join the Angling trust.

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Help us Combat Fish Theft The Angling Trust is working with the Environment Agency in the South East to run a Voluntary Bailiff Service. We want to prove that well trained volunteers can have key part to play in stopping illegal fishing, poaching and fish theft. If you want to get involved just click the image above.

Angling Trust Regions: Get Involved!

The Angling Trust is hard at work right around the country. Here's how our regional structure works:

Freshwater Regional Forums

We run around 36 Freshwater Fisheries Forum a year right around the country from as far north as Northumberland right down to Cornwall and pretty much everywhere in between.

The forums are run in association with the Environment Agency and are funded via Rod Licence money to ensure that no matter where you live in England there is at least one Fisheries Forum reasonably near to you. The Forums are open to all and are free to attend. The Environment Agency attends all meetings to share plans, listen to anglers concerns, answer questions and address problems.

The format of the meeting normally involves expert speakers followed by Q&A sessions with the audience to ensure that anglers, fishery owners and angling club reps get the chance to ask questions and voice their opinions. Usually the speakers include a local EA Fisheries Representative, an Angling Trust member of staff and a representative from another organisation that has a key influence on fisheries, such as a Rivers Trust.

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The forums are normally chaired by a local volunteer and the Chairmen of each Region then sits on a national National Freshwater Committee which advises the AT Board on issues relating to policy. That way anglers from all across the country have their say on how The Trust should be moving forward. 

To quickly see where and when the next Forum meeting is being held near you, just click the diary link below.

Freshwater Regions Diary

To finds out more about what's happening in your region, just click one of the links below. You don't have to be an Angling Trust member to attend the forum meetings but if you would like to vote at AGMs or be elected to a post on the Regional Forum then membership is required. The more members the Angling Trust has, the stronger our voice is to fight for the future of your region, it's fish and fishing. Join now.

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Martin Salter addresses the East of England forum

Marine Regions

The Angling Trust's Marine Regions are being based as closely as possible on the boundaries of the Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). We are working towards each region having a Fisheries and Access committee and a competitions committee. We are in the process of setting up new groups where they don't exist and are currently looking for volunteers who would like to be involved in promoting and representing sea angling at a regional level. Regions are regularly consulted and updated on the work carried out by the national Conservation and Access group and a national Competitions group, members of which volunteer and are recruited for their skills and specialist knowledge and experience in key areas of our work. Both groups and all our other marine representatives meet twice a year to discuss the Angling Trust's policy and focus on Sea Angling issues.

County Angling Action Groups (CAAGs)

Our Development Team works to set up groups at a county level to secure funds to increase coarse, sea and game angling participation. In the past 2 years, 23 of County Angling Action Groups (CAAGs) have been set up, involving member clubs, fisheries and coaches who are interested in projects with this aim. These groups are focussed specifically on angling development. To find the CAAG for your area contact your Regional Officer via our contact list HERE.


Coarse angling is managed by a team who assist Sandra Drew, the Competitions and Events Manager and Ben Thompson Competitions & Performance Manager, in the running of all our national and international competitions. Sea angling competitions are overseen and managed by the Marine Regions and the Marine Committee. Game angling competitions are managed by the Confederation of English Fly-Fishers and its constituent bodies. Our aim is to set up a national Competitions and Performance Committee to link all three disciplines into a single strategy and brand. This will help us secure sponsorship and if possible government funding to support competition angling at national and international level. For enquiries about our competitions please contact Sandra Drew on 0115 9061 301 or by email at

Get involved!

Unless otherwise advertised as members only, all anglers and anybody else interested in angling or the angling environment are very welcome to attend our regional meetings. Details are available on the regions own pages, in our e-updates and in emails to members within each constituency. To contact our Regions Coordinator John Cheyne email

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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