TOP 10 ANGLING TRUST & FISH LEGAL ACHIEVEMENTS
1 Landmark wins against polluters by Fish Legal, with a success rate of over 95 per cent across some 141 cases, resulting in hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensations.
2 Huge investment in coaching and recruitment to grow the sport and improve facilities and infrastructure. Over 1,300 coaches have been trained since 2009, with over 77,000 kids and adults introduced to fishing at events in the last two years alone.
3 Action on illegal fishing with an army of 500 voluntary bailiffs and better working with police and Environment Agency staff, in addition to widespread action to educate migrant anglers via the Building Bridges project.
4 Free junior rod licences and a three-rod licence for specimen and carp anglers have resulted directly from Angling Trust campaigning, along with the rolling 365-day licence.
5 A stronger voice for angling in Parliament has led to rule changes and clear progress, from tackling agricultural pollution to removing nets from estuaries.
6 Over 400 events held a year with more than 10,000 competition entries. The Angling Trust also supports our England teams and has developed a Youth Talent Pathway.
7 Progress on predation, including a 50% increase in the upper limit for cormorant culls, securing funding for fishery management advisors and winning over £480k for otter fencing and deterrents from the Environment Agency.
8 Winning better water quality and healthier fisheries by fighting river dredging, hydropower schemes, over-abstraction and pollution.
9 Securing EA rod licence funds to help clubs and fisheries. The Trust continues to secure vital support via the Angling Improvement Fund – approximately £2m from the Environment Agency in the last four years.
10 Free, friendly expert help to support clubs and fisheries in every region, from coaching to river improvement work. Over 2,200 clubs and fisheries now have membership.