Angling Times (UK) - - ULTIMATE GUIDE TO 2019 -

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.

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