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Angling Trust extends into Wales

Angling Trust extends into Wales

The Angling Trust has announced an extension to their representation, with Wales joining England in receiving the angling bodies’ support.

The move will see member anglers, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and tackle shops represented by the Trust, which had previously only operated in England. Initially the role will be limited to issues that the Angling Trust are already operating campaigns for, including such diverse areas as; salmon netting, agricultural pollution, unlawful canoe access, tidal lagoons, commercial over-exploitation of sea bass, cormorant and goosander predation, abstraction licensing and barriers to migration.

It is hoped that membership will grow as a result of this move, which would allow the Trust to take on a more developed representative role and campaigning on more diverse issues. This could include staff being hired in Cardiff and the establishment of an Angling Trust Cymru Committee.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, said: “Welsh angling faces some immediate and very severe threats with a widespread decline in many marine and freshwater fish stocks, the potential for legislation to impose unlimited canoe access and proposals for multiple tidal lagoons which could cause huge damage to marine and migratory fish populations. If these threats are to be fended off, anglers must have professional representation in Welsh government, as well as in Westminster and Brussels, where many decisions affecting fisheries are made. We are limited in what we can do at the moment by resources, but if lots of anglers join up, we could do much more to protect fish and fishing in England and Wales in the future.”

There are currently three separate governing bodies for angling in Wales: the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association, the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers and the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers. There is also an umbrella body called Angling Cymru. The Angling Trust has offered to work closely with all of these organisations, which are principally involved in running Welsh angling teams and angling development, to ensure that there is a united voice for all anglers.

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