The VBS: An Inspirational Catalyst for Change

The VBS: An Inspirational Catalyst for Change & A Credit to the Angling Community  National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE looks at the amazing success story that is the Voluntary Bailiff Service   Having been a lifelong angler, after leaving West Mercia Police and taking over the lease of a fishery on the Severn at Worcester,…

Angling vs Antisocial Behaviour

From drunkenness to damaging property, a minority of anglers can cause serious issues on any public water. So how can clubs and fisheries work with enforcement staff to counter typical issues? Dominic Garnett reports on some of the ways angling can give bad behaviour the boot. Given that most of us go fishing for peace…

5 Amazing Fisheries Enforcement Wins

From seizing deadly weapons to hauls of illegal carp, the past few seasons have seen some remarkable wins against the criminals who target fisheries. Dom Garnett casts an eye on five of biggest and most eye-opening recent cases, alongside continuing work to patrol waters and catch offenders. In the past it was all too easy…

An Angler Working For Anglers In The South East

I joined the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) of the Angling Trust in October 2016 to become the South East Region Enforcement Manager . My transition from 30 years in Sussex Police to the Angling Trust was instant : leaving the police on the 16th October and starting with the AT on the 17th . Out…

Building Bridges on the Nene

Background The Angling Trust’s Building Bridges project was established in 2010 in response to a growing concern expressed by anglers in the UK about inappropriate and/or illegal fishing by anglers from other countries, notably in continental Europe. Part of the issue has been the different cultural background and regulations for anglers from countries such as…

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…