Cri­sis point?

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£4.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment

THE An­gling Trust has been re­spon­si­ble for pro­mot­ing an­gling to new­com­ers since 2015, and has been given a whop­ping £4.3 mil­lion, but that hasn’t halted the de­cline at all. The Trust won a ten­der from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to pro­mote an­gling, and has re­ceived the huge sum over the 3.5-year term of the Na­tional An­gling Strate­gic Services con­tract.

Mark Lloyd, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Trust, said: “As the EA starts work on up­dat­ing their an­gling strat­egy Fish­ing for Life Mark for the next Lloyd five years, we re­ally need to recog­nise that the de­cline in an­gling num­bers both here and over­sees is part of a wider trend, and that it will need rad­i­cal ac­tion to get more young peo­ple into the fish­ing habit.

“We need stronger en­gage­ment from the an­gling trade and from gov­ern­ment if we are to make progress. Yes­ter­day the Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced an end to aus­ter­ity, and we hope that means an end to slash­ing the bud­gets of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and get­ting more re­sources back into out­door ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity projects.

“We need to make an­gling part of young peo­ple’s ev­ery­day lives, and we will cam­paign and build pro­grammes to get an­gling into the school cur­ricu­lum and part of the grow­ing Scouts and Guides move­ment.

“This sit­u­a­tion is a chal­lenge for all of us, as ev­ery year the age pro­file of those go­ing fish­ing gets older and older.

“The an­gling me­dia, trade, rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions like our­selves, the EA, fish­ing clubs, coaches, guides, schools and even in­di­vid­ual an­glers need to step up to the plate and recog­nise that our sport will wither away un­less we can get more peo­ple back fish­ing.

“Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for fish­eries and an­gling has been cut dra­mat­i­cally over the past decade, and the £20m rod li­cence in­come now makes up the vast ma­jor­ity of the money spent by the EA manag­ing fish­eries through­out Eng­land, where it used to be al­most matched by the Gov­ern­ment.”

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