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Marine Conservation & Access Group

The Conservation & Access Group (CAG) advises and recommends the Angling Trust on policy, lobbying, campaigning and technical issues related to fisheries and marine environmental concerns affecting sea angling.

Members of the group include Angling Trust staff and volunteers who are coopted for their specialist knowledge, experience and skills in key areas that contribute to the work of the Angling Trust. The group reports directly to the Angling Trust's Board of Directors and meets quarterly.

Any individual member of the Angling Trust may be nominated to sit on the CAG and clubs and individuals are encouraged to bring local conservation and access issues that the CAG can assist with to the attention of the group by contacting their regional representative or by contacting the CAG directly by emailing

The CAG, along with the Marine Competitions Group and other committees, come together twice a year for wider Marine Group meetings to discuss the overarching objectives of the Angling Trust's marine section including; membership recruitment, membership benefits; participation in sea angling; and representation at both regional and national level.

Problems with Access to Piers or the Shore?

If you are experiencing difficulties with access or have been excluded from angling on a pier or shore area, contact the Angling Trust via We may be able to offer you some helpful advice or, if you are a member of a local sea angling club that is itself a member of Fish Legal, the club may be able to seek legal advice and support.

Current Members of the Conservation and Access Group

Alan Butterworth

Alan Butterworth
Alan Butterworth is 67 years of age and has worked in fisheries for well over 40 years. He studied zoology at the University of Liverpool, specialising in freshwater and marine fisheries, going on to complete a PhD on the impact on the relict Arctic charr populations of the Llanberis Lakes of the Dinorwic pump storage reservoir scheme.

In 1976, Alan joined Thames Water as an Area Fisheries Officer and during his career worked in most parts of the Region, including on the tidal Thames during the period when the river improved from virtually lifeless to become a thriving fishery. He eventually retired in 2009 as the Senior Fisheries Technical Specialist, after which he was invited to become a Director of the Angling Trust. Alan is currently a voluntary technical advisor, considering and responding on the Trust's behalf to hydropower applications. He has been a passionate angler all of my life, enjoying coarse, game and sea. Since moving to the South coast, Alan has become an avid mullet and occasional bass angler.

Mike Heylin
Mike Heylin
Mike Heylin has fished in salt and freshwater for 66 years. 

After a career in corporate and business management Michael started and ran a succession of small companies in the construction and security industries. He now volunteers in angling organisations as a result of his sea fishing experiences and concern for fish stocks.

Mike runs an angling project for disadvantaged children, he is secretary of Boxmoor & District Angling Society, Director of the Dacorum Angling Project and secretary of Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative, qualified River Fly monitor and sits on the Colne Catchment Partnership, Director of the Angling Trades Association, Professional Anglers Association and the European Anglers Alliance.  He was chairman of the Angling Trust until 2013.

Mike says, “It was sea angling which originally got me involved in angling politics. So twenty years of sea fishing is at the core of what I do in angling politics.  I was fishing with Bob Cox when uptiding and the concept of catch and release for tope and smoothound was first delivered in the Blackwater.”  

Reg Phillips

Reg Phillips
Reg is a passionate sea angler and the secretary for the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region. He is also secretary of the South Coast Angling Club, which is affiliated to the Angling Trust.

Reg has a wealth of experience that he brings to the Conservation and Access Group.

Alan Deeming

Alan Deeming
Alan lives on the Isle of Wight and is a retired electro-mechanical design draughtsman. He started fishing around the age of 6 when his farther introduced him to pond fishing for small carp, rudd & roach before later introducing him to sea angling. Alan is now a keen boat angler, owning an 8m boat called Starfish that he runs privately out of Bembridge, but he still occasionally fishes for mullet from the shore.

Alan is involved in a wide range of marine issues as the general secretary of Bembridge Angling Club and a member of the Southern IFCA’s Recreational Angling Sector Working Group. He has been fully involved in the stakeholder engagement process for local Marine Conservation Zones and has continually contributed to the dialogue with their local IFCA regarding control measures resulting from designation. Alan also participates in stakeholder engagement for the South Marine Plan & has provided information on angling intensity round my area for inclusion in the MMOs data base.

Alan tries to keep a watching brief on anything that could impact on anglers in his area to ensure that their interests are represented.

Andrew Burt

Andrew BurtAndrew is the conservation and access coordinator for the National Mullet Club. The role involves co-ordinating and implementing the clubs conservation efforts in trying to secure a positive future for the species by identifying issues and opportunities and responding accordingly to various authorities. Currently most of this work focuses upon Devon and Severn and Cornwall IFCAs proposed netting byelaws and the impact of those upon mullet.

Living in the midlands, Andrew is a keen coarse angler with a successful background in match fishing. He also occasionally pursues barbel and chub and enjoys fly fishing (when time allows!). Over the last few years the challenge of sea fishing, predominantly for the enigmatic and highly infuriating mullet, has taken over from fresh water and Andrew's weekends are now frequently spent in the South West and Wales fishing in the tidal estuaries and harbours.

Tim Macpherson

Tim Macpherson 2_170An angler since age 11 and an Angling Trust member since its inception, Tim is one of the main drivers behind setting up the successful Sussex Marine Region and has led on a number of campaigns including the ongoing issue over management measures inside the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone and Black Bream breeding sites. He has also been involved in setting up and running family open days in Shoreham Port and along the coast in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings where he is a member of three angling clubs.

Tim is one of the founders of the Bexhill Sea Angling Festival and Bexhill Festival of the Sea. He is a digital publisher and angling film maker running publishing outlets for anglers, creating and delivering content for anglers in Sussex including newsletters, web content, video and other assets.

He spent 15 years as a senior executive in two major media companies, as a profit centre head, publisher, event director and company director. He has nearly 30 years experience in business development and communication within publishing and media companies covering PR, marketing, event organising, advertising, digital media, design, sales and advertising across digital and print media.

Martin Salter

Martin SalterHaving helped establish the Angling Trust back in 2009, when he was Parliamentary Spokesman for Angling in the House of Commons, Martin Salter joined us as our National Campaigns Coordinator in 2011 when he retired from politics.

Martin oversees our political and environmental campaigning and plays a big role in sharpening up the AT message and media profile. He works part time for the Trust as he is involved in a number of other projects and is an occasional angling writer and broadcaster. Martin has fished all over the world and is very much an all rounder who enjoys angling for wrasse, mullet, bass and pollack as much as he likes trotting for roach.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell _200pxDavid Mitchell is the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine and has worked for the Angling Trust since 2010. David manages all campaigns and policies to do with sea fisheries and sea angling. His role takes in a broad range of issues including local access campaigns, national campaigns and EU wide policy and campaigns relating to the management of fish stocks, the rights of recreational anglers and the protection of the marine environment. 

In addition to his role with the Angling Trust David is a board member and chair of the Sea Sub-Group of the European Anglers Alliance where he represents the interests of recreational anglers on an international level. The CAG guides David and the Angling Trust with advice on policy relating to sea fisheries and angling conservation, access, and the rights of recreational sea anglers.

James Champkin

James ChampkinThe youngest member of the CAG, James Champkin works as Campaigns Officer for the Angling Trust. His role comprises work around a broad variety of campaigns, including a number of marine themes such as the introduction of new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), reform of inshore and estuary netting regulations, and conservation of bass stocks.

Having fished since age 12, James is all-round angler enjoying fly, predator, carp and sea fishing, but he is predominantly a coarse angler targeting specimen fish. He has won multiple awards for his specimen captures in recent years, including the Daiwa Specimen Shield in the 2014/ 2015 season, and came runner-up in the Angling Times Specimen Angler of the Year competition. However, James comes from a scientific background, having achieved first-class honours in a BSc Biology degree at the University of St Andrews with a focus on aquatic ecology, and consequently has a thorough understanding of the complex issues associated with management of the marine environment.

James has taken on the role of secretariat of the Conservation and Access Group.

David Curtis

David Curtis
David leads Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society’s Restoration work and is a member of Save Our Sea Bass, BASS’s campaigning arm.  For the last 3 years, he has worked closely with the Angling Trust on bass strategy and campaigning, both in the UK and in Brussels.  He joined CAG in 2017 to help on other sea angling issues.

He believes that public angling should take priority in sea fisheries management, as the largest and most valuable stakeholder.

When the sea is calm and the weather warm, David fishes from his kayak around Hastings.  At other times, he fishes from the shore using both bait and lures.  When he is not campaigning or fishing, he helps companies raise funding to grow their business.

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