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bringing the reputation of the industry into disrepute.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: “We
are pleased to see these new rules
being announced. The health of our
rivers, lakes and estuaries depends
largely on how we manage the land
on which rain falls. Practices by a
minority of farmers in recent decades
have led to a very significant deterioration of water quality in many parts
of the country and higher council tax,
insurance and water bills for us all.
However, we want to see more
resources made available to the Environment Agency to enforce the regulations properly and a re-organisation
of the farm inspection regime to
ensure that these rules actually make
a difference. We will also be pressing
for a more comprehensive revision of
agricultural policy in the Agriculture
Bill scheduled for next year.”
Zoe Draisey, Water and Agriculture
Policy Officer at WWF-UK said: “Agriculture and land management practices are responsible for 31% of all
pressures preventing surface and
ground water bodies reaching ‘good
ecological status’ in England. The
new rules are a welcome step in the
right direction, but they will only go
some way towards solving the problem. Enforcement of current regulations is not sufficiently robust or wellcoordinated.
For enforcement to be effective
(and therefore regulation to be effective), it is essential that non-compliant farmers are systematically identified. Enforcement must also be seen
within the context of active encouragement – future models in England
should adopt a similar approach to
Scotland’s ‘General Binding Rules’
where farmers are given a series of
warnings before penalties are issued.”
The Water Minister Thérèse Coffey
said: “These new rules are a win-win
for farmers and the environment.
They will help improve water quality,
they will set a level playing field for
farmers, they will help businesses
save money from better resource efficiency and improve their resilience.
Our ambition is to be the first generation to leave the environment in a
better state than we found it and
these new rules will help us deliver
our plans for a Green Brexit along
with a better future for farming businesses.” n
Get ready for spring!
Apply for a share of £400,000 AIF grants for
improvements at your club or fishery
£400,000 of fishing licence
income is being made available
to angling clubs and fisheries
through the Angling
Improvement Fund.
The money will be used to help
fund general fishery improvements,
measures to control predation and for
coach training bursaries. A small
number of grants will also be offered
to established charities, projects and
health providers to support angling
initiatives that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion in older
The Angling Trust, which administers the fund in partnership with the
Environment Agency is seeking
applications by January 25th, 2018
under the following themes:
• Fish protection and predation
Up to 20 projects will be funded for
work such as installation of otterproof fencing and measures to combat over-predation of fish stocks by
fish-eating birds. Awards in excess of
£5,000 will be considered where the
applicant is able to commit a comparable amount of match-funding.
• More coaches
About 40 bursaries of up to £2,500
per organisation will go to clubs, fisheries, local authorities, schools and
projects to fund the cost of coach
training and to help pay for equipment and other costs associated with
running coached sessions. Organisa-
tions submitting an application for
coach training bursaries will also be
encouraged to apply for places on the
following training events:
Inclusive coaching: disability
How to deliver engaging
• Spring maintenance and
fishery improvements
A broad mix of proposals are
invited from organisations seeking to
make repairs and upgrades to angling
infrastructure at still water fisheries
and canals. Applications for improvements to stages, paths and approach
roads, bridges, parking areas, landscaping and for tree and vegetation
clearance will all be eligible. Other
ideas to consider might be signage,
toilets, washing facilities, general
health and safety improvements and
other facilities aimed at improving the
experience of women, families and
young people.
The Angling Improvement Fund is
keen to fund measures to protect fisheries at risk of low or fluctuating
water levels during periods of
drought. Between 30-40 grants of up
to £5,000 will be available for eligible
• Health benefits for older
Between 5-10 grants of up to £5,000
will be offered to angling-based projects aiming to improve health, wellbeing and social inclusion in older
people. It is envisaged that the majority of awards will be made to charities
and other established providers of


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