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dried lake bed drain

14.03.14  DEFRA's Abstraction Reform Consulation The right to abstract water from rivers, reservoirs etc. in England and Wales was formally created by the Water Act of 1963. This was done with little or no consideration of what level of abstraction the body of water could actually sustain and this allocation has since proved to be seriously inaccurate. Current levels of abstraction are causing significant ecological problems in over 1,000 river water bodies, and 42% of groundwater bodies (pretty much every groundwater body in the south and east of England) are failing.  

Are we fit to frack 550

13.03.14  Angling Trust Joins Leading Countryside Groups in Challenge to Fracking Rules Poorly regulated fracking risks harming threatened species and polluting our waterways, according to a report produced by the UK’s leading wildlife and countryside groups. The report, Are We Fit to Frack?, was launched today by the Angling Trust, the National Trust, RSPB, the Salmon & Trout Association, The Wildlife Trusts and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

John Cheyne canal cleanup

12.03.14  Kayak Clean Up for Cluttered Canal The Angling Trust’s Regions Co-ordinator John Cheyne and members of the Worcester & District United Anglers Association came up with a creative solution to help solve an extreme litter problem on the Worcester Birmingham canal this weekend.

10.03.14  River Close Season - Is it Time for a Rethink? In many parts of the country river anglers are coming to terms with an effective 6 month shutdown giving the annual close season debate an added intensity. In addition, the recent devastating floods have hit fisheries, tackle shops and the tackle trade particularly hard this year causing the Angling Trust to write to the Prime Minister arguing that these businesses should be included in the floods compensation measures. In response the Trust has decided to actively engage in the river close season issue and to seek a wide variety of views from anglers and fishery managers prior to making any formal approaches to the Environment Agency or to government.

Angling Trust Action Plan on Predation _550

10.03.14  Angling Trust Sets out Action Plan for Managing Impacts of Predation on Fish Stocks Following a wide range of work in the angling community about the impact of predation on fish stocks, including the recent publication of The Big Picture by the Predation Action Group, the Government’s reviews of cormorants, goosanders and non-native species such as signal crayfish, the Angling Trust has published a new action plan for managing predation. The plan details the management arrangements for cormorants and goosanders that the Trust has successfully negotiated with the government, and the experimental work it is doing with CEFAS to reduce signal crayfish, which are an invasive non-native species. It also addresses a number of issues related to predation by otters and mink.

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