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…

A Tribute to Shane Patterson

Shane Patterson  06/12/64 -19/3/2015 Shane Patterson cared a lot about fishing. As Chairman of the Angling Trust NE Forum he ran meetings with a relaxed charm all of his own. He didn’t have a typical chairman’s manner, he just spoke to the anglers in the room as if he was chatting to them on the…

New predator study can reveal much about our rivers

For a while now Dilip Sarkar and myself have been discussing the results of various studies that have examined predator fish populations around Europe. Some of the results of these studies were fascinating and gave a real insight into the spawning movements, hunting range, favourite prey and growth rates of pike and zander in other parts…