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…

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…

Enforcement Mission to Lithuania

To really deal decisively with a problem, first you have to understand it. Really understand it. In England we have an issue with some migrant anglers from eastern Europe not abiding by our conservation-based angling law and rules. It is widely believed that this is because there is no such thing as regulated fishing in…

PROGRESS !

There really isn’t time to write in detail, but it is important, I think, that we cover some news.  Operation TRAVERSE In March I spoke at the Angling Trust East of England Regional Forum, chaired by Kelvin Allen, and in April at Adey Paul’s public meeting in Boston, Lincolnshire, on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and…

Leading the way…….

It has been quite a long time since I wrote my last blog entry here. It’s not because there has been nothing to write about! It is because writing is not my best skill and I have to organise good few hours free of any disturbance to get my thoughts together and key it into…

Taking Our Issues to Westminster!

Issues due to the cultural differences between migrant anglers from Eastern Europe, who fish for the pot at home, and our conservation-based angling approach, have been widely reported upon over the last ten years. It is crucially important, however, that this issue remains in perspective: there is, for example, no army of Eastern Europeans eating…