02 Jul 2012

Blackfords – Angling Trust Membership

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You will be glad to hear that Blackfords have once again secured the annual membership with the angling Trust…as a angling club that cares about the future of fishing it’s imperative we support organisations like the Trust who campaign to protect all aspects of our sport…

About the Angling Trust

The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England. We lobby government, campaign on environmental and angling issues and run national and international competitions. We fight pollution, commercial over-fishing at sea, over-abstraction, poaching, unlawful navigation, local bans and a host of other threats to angling.

Our Mission

As the governing body for all angling, the Angling Trust seeks government funding to develop the sport from grass roots participation through to elite performance. We develop programmes with clubs to increase participation, particularly amongst groups who have yet to discover the joys of going fishing. We protect the rights of all anglers to do what they love most. The Angling Trust has been formed from an historic merger of six angling and conservation organisations in January 2009. Other bodies, including the Angling Development Board, will merge with the Angling Trust in the near future.

The Angling Trust has a legal arm, Fish Legal, which uses the law to fight pollution and other damage to fisheries on behalf of member clubs, fisheries and riparian owners. Please click here for more information.

The Angling Trust campaigns for:

  • Conservation
  • Protection of angling
  • Increased government and EA support for angling and fisheries
  • Control of nuisance predators
  • Co-ordinated action on poaching and fish theft

The Angling Trust delivers:

  • More quality coaches from diverse backgrounds
  • Angling education programmes
  • Increased opportunities to participate in angling
  • National and international competitions
  • Support for angling club development

The Angling Trust fights:

  • Pollution, over-abstraction and litter
  • Declining marine and freshwater fish stocks
  • Commercial overfishing
  • Habitat Degradation
  • Damaging barrages, weirs and hydropower schemes
  • Poaching and fish theft
  • Unlawful navigation
  • Spread of diseases and parasites
  • Access restrictions
  • Anti-angling campaigns

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