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Angling Trust says fond farewell to 'Rado' Papiewski, inspired angler behind Building Bridges project


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Radoslaw Papiewski (left) receives a leaving gift from colleague Janusz Kansik, who will replace him as Building Bridges Project Manager

The Angling Trust is saying farewell to Radoslaw Papiewski whose vision to educate migrant anglers on England’s fishing laws led to the creation of the hugely successful Building Bridges project.

Rado, as he is affectionately known, began the project over eight years ago and since then he and his dedicated team have helped integrate thousands of Eastern European anglers into angling clubs, run ‘fishing schools’ for children, produced multi-lingual posters and signs, and organised fishing contests bringing together anglers from different countries and cultures.

Funded by fishing licence income through the Angling Trust’s partnership with the Environment Agency, the Building Bridges project has been instrumental in promoting catch and release among migrant anglers.

Rado, who is stepping down as the Building Bridges Project Manager, said that when he began the project he had no idea it would make such a massive difference to migrant anglers’ attitudes.

"After over eight years, throughout which my team and I have been dedicated to the progressive development of angling education and integration initiatives, we can clearly see fantastic benefits all over the country,” said Rado.

“There is now much more awareness throughout migrant communities of the country’s angling laws and the conservation-based culture, which has led to fewer problems arising through ignorance of these things.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work for the Angling Trust with some fantastic people around me. I am thankful for the constant support of the Environment Agency, Police, the Canal & River Trust and many other organisations and angling clubs who all share my vision of 'Fishing Without Borders', and I am proud that we managed to encourage many anglers from different nationalities to enjoy our passion together and respect the law and local rules

“There is still a lot of work to be done and I am sure that the dedicated, professional and multinational Building Bridges team that I leave behind will continue to build on our strong start.

“For me personally, it is a time to put this unique experience to use back in my country, Poland, where the concept of catch and release, and responsible angling generally, is slowly becoming increasingly popular. Being dedicated to the conservation-based approach to angling, I will continue promoting the benefits of this and advising my fellow countrymen of how things work in this country.

“So, while I may not still be in England managing the Building Bridges project, indirectly I will still be supporting the team and this great initiative. Thank you once again for this fantastic adventure and I wish you all tight lines!"

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, said: “Rado has led the Building Bridges team with passion and his efforts to educate and integrate migrant anglers has benefitted angling all over the country. I remember clearly meeting Rado for the first time nearly a decade ago and was inspired by his ideas to seek funding from the Environment Agency to address these issues in a responsible and inclusive manner. He will be greatly missed by the Angling Trust but we wish him well and every success back in his homeland.”

The Building Bridges will continue in the capable hands of Janusz Kansik, currently the Building Bridges’ Project Officer, as part of the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service managed by Dilip Sarkar MBE.

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