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Angling Trust Writes to PM on Behalf of Flood-Hit Angling Businesses

21.02.14

Flooding on roads

The Angling Trust has today written to Prime Minister David Cameron and Environment and Fisheries Minister George Eustice to seek assurances that the grants announced last week for flood-hit businesses will also be made available to angling clubs, fisheries and tackle shops which have lost significant revenue as a result of persistent high water levels.

The Angling Trust has had reports from its members that several fishing tackle shops, angling clubs and commercial fisheries in areas affected by the persistent flooding caused by this year’s exceptional rainfall are facing financial ruin because fishing has been largely impossible in many areas.  Angling is a major employer, particularly in rural areas, and supports nearly 40,000 jobs nationwide.  Tackle shops, clubs and fisheries are all vital parts of the angling infrastructure. 

The Angling Trust is working closely with the Environment Agency and officials in Defra to advance a National Angling Strategy, launched by Richard Benyon last year, which aims to increase the economic, social and environmental benefits to society from angling.  This strategy relies upon tackle shops, angling clubs and fisheries staying in business to be successful.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “Angling is an important part of the rural and national economy and a major employer.  We hope that the government will recognise this contribution and that the exceptional weather conditions we have endured this year have had a significant impact on angling businesses.  As soon as we have further details about the availability of grants, we will send them to our member clubs, fisheries and tackle shops.”

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