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Angling Trust meets new Fisheries Minister


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New Fisheries Minister Robert Goodwill MP (centre), with (from left) James Champkin, (Angling Trust Campaigns Officer), Martin Salter, David Mitchell (Angling Trust Head of Marine) and Steve Murphy

Angling Trust representatives were invited to Westminster last week to meet with new Fisheries Minister Robert Goodwill.

Items under discussion included progress on the Government’s new Fisheries Bill, the campaign to establish a live release recreational Bluefin Tuna fishery in the UK, Cormorant licensing and how recreational sea anglers can be better supported with grant funding.

Angling Trust Policy Chief, Martin Salter said:

“We were delighted to have an opportunity to brief our new Fisheries Minister at an early stage. He was very supportive and we are confident that some of the promised wins for sea angling in particular will be delivered, irrespective of the latest government reshuffle. We are making plans for him to visit an angling project in the near future so he can see for himself what a fantastic benefit angling can be to local economies and to helping young people appreciate the natural environment.”

Steve Murphy from Bluefin Tuna UK added:

"This meeting presented a valuable opportunity to discuss with the new Minister the merits of our proposal for a new approach to the sustainable, scientifically based management of Atlantic Bluefin in UK waters. The Minister’s Parliamentary Constituency of Whitby and Scarborough is coincidentally the last location in the UK to witness the presence of these iconic fish nearly 70 years ago. Our live release fishery proposal, with an accompanying scientific research program, shows just how far we have come since then in our attitude towards key apex predators such as Atlantic Bluefin."

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