A packed out at one of our recent Freshwater Fisheries Forums

Have you got an opinion ?

As you may know, we run around 34 “Fisheries Forum” meetings a year right round the country. Because these forums are supported by rod licence money they only cover freshwater issues but offer a chance for anglers and angling clubs to engage with the Trust, the Environment Agency and other key organisations about lots of different…

Operation Leviathan signs being put up at a local trout fishery where declining fish stocks are thought to be the result of poaching.

A great start!

It with great pleasure that I write my first blog in my new role as Angling Trust REM (Regional Enforcement Manager) for the Midlands area, having enjoyed a positive response from many anglers across the region during my first few weeks. As you might already know, the appointment of six regional enforcement managers across England…

Special Constable Haddon Smith, Lee Watts (Environment Agency), Nottinghamshire Police Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Angling Trust Midlands Regional Enforcement Manager Kevin Pearson and PC Nick Willey (Lincolnshire Police Rural Wildlife Crime Officer) at South Muskham Lakes near Newark, publicising the force joining Operation TRAVERSE.

Let’s Crack On !

Well, here it is: 2016, a year that we have been awaiting for some time – because, at last, Phase 1 of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) is being rolled out across England. As previously reported, the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) was launched last November, staffed by highly experienced retired police officers with a…

4.	Although the rivers have been high, Building Bridges Project Officer and passionate angler Patrycja Bury has nonetheless still been out there!

It’s A Funny Old World !

It is, I’ve decided, a funny old world. Since the Iron Curtain came crashing down and former communist states joined the European Union, some people from those countries have decided to work temporarily or make their homes permanently in England – this free movement being provided for by legislation. No-one, of course, anticipated the effect…

Eastern REM Paul Thomas was in Swindon recently, and although out of his area called in to see Trevor Gunning at Cotswold Angling – the victim of a substantial burglary and tackle theft. This kind of crime – which is organised – is on the increase, so we need to be vigilant. This is why we are in partnership with SmartWater, providing a unique forensic marker for anglers:
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Together We’ll Crack It !

As was reported in my previous blog, 1 November 2015 saw the new Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) launched as a result of the Angling Trust achieving the National Angling Services Contract to deliver a number of outcomes. This involves working in support of and in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA), so it is…

Kevin Pearson the Angling Trust Midlands Region Enforcement Manager presenting at the East Midlands Forum in Nottingham this November.

Forums for Change

The types of organisations that can have a key influence on our fisheries and fish stocks are many and varied. Government bodies such as The Environment Agency, CEFAS and Natural England, 3rd sector organisations like Rivers Trusts and Wildlife Trusts and business organisations such as water companies and the farming sector all have a role…