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More support for sea angling - Marine Regions Coordinator to work with clubs and members

14.05.19

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New Marine Regions Coordinator Nevin Hunter (left) with coach Brian Pask

The Angling Trust has appointed a new Marine Regions Coordinator to work with sea angling clubs and members to support and develop the Trust’s Marine Regions.

Nevin Hunter has been appointed to this new part-time role and will be working with clubs and the Trust’s existing Marine Regions to increase the Angling Trust’s reach into the sea angling community and support the Angling Trust’s Regions in delivering benefits for member clubs and individual sea anglers in their areas.

Nevin retired from the Police service in July 2014. A wildlife crime officer of vast experience, his investigations included cases of national and international importance.

He started his angling career on the South coast fishing off Littlehampton with his father in the 1970s. This sparked an interest in marine issues and he followed this interest through to the end of his police career, when as Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit he coordinated an investigation into fish poachers leading to an offender convicted and subject to a £104,000 Proceeds of Crime Order, still the largest such order for any wildlife crime in the UK.

Nevin will be continuing in his role as Regional Enforcement Manager for South West England (part of the Environment Agency funded National Angling Strategic Service Contract).

He will be supported by Brian Pask who has taken on a lead voluntary role supporting participation, coaching and development. Brian has an excellent track record of coaching, delivering participation programmes and working to increase the number of young people in sea angling as well as being a qualified and licensed coach.

The roles will be focused on supporting the existing Marine Regions along the south coast over the next 12 months with plans to expand and create new regions in 2020 and 2021.

Nevin said: “This is a new role and a fantastic opportunity for the Angling Trust to build upon our links to the sea angling community. I am looking forward to playing my part in this development alongside Brian in an area of work we are really passionate about.“

Brian said: “I’m delighted to have taken this role on and am looking forward to working with the Angling Trust to get more people into sea angling, particularly youngsters. I have passed Level 1 and 2 coaching courses with the Angling Trust which gives me the confidence to coach all ages. The youngest I have taught was six and the oldest 92! The buzz I get out of seeing people catching their first fish and then going on to feel confident enough to go out and fish on their own is amazing."

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine, said: “We are very pleased indeed to have Nevin onboard with us as the Marine Regions Coordinator. He is someone who gets things done and I’m sure our Regional representatives will find his and Brian’s support invaluable. It’s great to be able to make a stride forward in representing sea anglers and supporting our regional bodies.”

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