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Anglers Urged to Have Their Say on the Future of Fishing via Online Survey

15.09.14

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Anglers from right across the country are being urged to make their views known on the issues that matter to them and their fisheries via an online survey(www.anglingtrust.net/membershipsurvey) that will run through September and October.

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal were launched just over 5 years ago and the organisations are seeking the latest views from their members and non-members alike to find out what anglers want to see happen.

The Angling Trust runs campaigns, and Fish Legal takes legal action, to fight numerous threats to fish stocks such as poaching, predation, pollution, habitat damage and over-abstraction. The unified organisation also promotes the benefits of angling to society and protects anglers' rights to go fishing. The Trust also has a wide range of programmes to get more people fishing more often and manages a growing calendar of national and international competitions. The survey is intended to identify the top priorities for the angling community to back up its campaigns and legal action.

Over the past 5 years, the Angling Trust has been very successful recruiting clubs as members, and now has over 1,600 clubs and fisheries in membership, along with more than 100 trade members, but it has only recruited 17,500 individual anglers. This is a small fraction of the large angling population and so the Angling Trust is asking anglers from all disciplines to let them know what else it can do, and what benefits it can offer, to persuade a larger number of individuals to support its work with an annual subscription of £25.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: "This angling survey is an important opportunity for anglers to give us their views not only about the work of their representative body but also on any issues that they feel are important to the future of angling. This might include worries about declining fish stocks, threats to anglers' rights and the lack of young people coming into our sport. We will publish the results of the survey in November and will use it to prioritise our campaigns, and Fish Legal's legal work, over the coming year. I urge everyone who cares about the future of fishing to get involved and have their say - it only takes 10 minutes."

ENDS

Notes:

Link to the survey:
/membershipsurvey

Media Contact:
Mark Lloyd
Chief Executive
Angling Trust and Fish Legal
01568 620 447
mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net

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