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13.07.18  Otters, cormorants, mink, crayfish ... what the Angling Trust has done to tackle predation

Summary of an article written by Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, setting out the actions that the Trust has taken on predation over the past few years to deliver the Predation Action Plan.


Canal pollution

11.07.18  Water Companies’ declining environmental performance highlights pollution risk for rivers The Environment Agency has published a report this week has highlighted an increase in the number of the most serious ‘category 1’ pollution incidents from the nine largest water companies’ operations over the past two years from 4 in 2015 to 9 in 2016 and 11 in 2017.  Such incidents can be catastrophic for fisheries and wildlife in the stretches of river affected, but there are also concerns about lower level pollution which can contribute to the ‘death of rivers by a thousand cuts’. That is the main reason for 50% of aquatic wildlife being in decline and 13% of aquatic species being threatened with extinction.

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11.07.18  Bass Bag Limit Hopes Confirmed as Estimates of Recreational Removals are Slashed The Angling Trust and Save Our Sea Bass have ramped up pressure on the European Commission after new scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) revealed that bass mortality from sea anglers is much lower than estimated last year.

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06.07.18  Is the government about to miss the opportunity to deliver a better deal for sea anglers? The publication of the government’s long awaited, and extensively leaked, Fisheries White Paper -  Sustainable fisheries for future generations - has met with a largely lukewarm response from organisations representing the UK’s 800,000 recreational sea anglers. Despite claiming to want to move towards ‘a fairer share of fishing opportunities’ and to ‘improve the sustainability of the fishing industry …. while protecting our precious marine environment’ the White Paper rules out any serious reforms to the existing system of quota allocation thereby underlining the disproportionate influence that that the larger commercial fishing organisations have had on the process.

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03.07.18  Surrey Police joins Operation TRAVERSE targeting illegal fishing and fish theft

Surrey Police has become the latest force to sign up to Operation TRAVERSE – the multi-agency initiative launched four years ago to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing.

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