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A Long and Winding Road

A Long and Winding Road Paul Thomas the Angling Trust Regional Fisheries Enforcement Manager for the East of England, talks about his first few months in the job. As you all know, in August 2015 the EA awarded a landmark fisheries contract to the Angling Trust. This announcement followed a rigorous competitive process and forms…

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…