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…

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…

Operation Clamp Down 2

Whether or not we agree with having a close season for coarse fish on our rivers, or at least require a change in the dates concerned, the fact remains that at this moment in time it is the law of this land. Serious anglers, however, whatever their view on the matter, are largely responsible and…

The Changing Face of Angling Club Bailiffing

How many of us, I wonder, really appreciate the voluntary work to protect our fisheries done so willingly by countless angling club bailiffs throughout the country? The fact is that club bailiffs, or ‘Keepers’ in law, have a very difficult job to do – and in this day and age a potentially dangerous one. Take,…