River Res­cue! New cam­paign launched

Read­ers urged to help cam­paign to rid wa­ters of rub­bish

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ANGLING Times read­ers are be­ing called upon to take part in the na­tion’s big­gest ever river­bank clean-up.

The Great River Res­cue will see thou­sands of river users help­ing to clear lit­ter from their favourite stretches.

Or­gan­ised by the en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Thames21, the Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, the Angling Trust and the Canal & River Trust, the cam­paign will see vol­un­teers tak­ing part in hun­dreds of or­gan­ised events, start­ing from the scheme’s launch on World Rivers Day, Septem­ber 24.

The cam­paign, which runs through Oc­to­ber, is also ask­ing for clubs, fish­eries and other groups to get in­volved by cre­at­ing and reg­is­ter­ing their own events.

Deb­bie Leach, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Thames21, said: “We’re urg­ing the pub­lic to or­gan­ise their own cleanups, or take part in one or­gan­ised by the cam­paign part­ners.

“Thou­sands of items of rub­bish find their way into our streams, rivers, canals and oceans ev­ery year. Much of that lit­ter is plas­tic.

“It dam­ages wildlife, stops us en­joy­ing our rivers and open spa­ces and can threaten our health by get­ting into the food chain.”

Th­ese sen­ti­ments were echoed by Mark Lloyd, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Angling Trust and Fish Le­gal, who said: “The Trust is de­lighted to be part of this cam­paign to tackle this grow­ing prob­lem head on with ac­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

“An­glers see at first hand the blight of lit­ter in our rivers and on our beaches and wit­ness the im­pact on aquatic wildlife.”

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