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Angling Trust’s free Fisheries Enforcement Workshops
Registration is now open for the
Angling Trust’s series of Fisheries
Enforcement Workshops being held in
six English regions this autumn.
Funded by coarse and trout licence
money and hosted in partnership
with the Environment Agency, the
workshops are free to attend. Professional training is provided by policing
and fisheries enforcement professionals on essential topics such as the
law, reporting, best practice for water
bailiffs, conflict resolution and much
more. These are also opportunities to
meet local police and EA officers.
Dilip Sarkar MBE, National Enforcement Manager at the Angling Trust,
said: “These sessions are vital for all
angling club bailiffs, committee members, fishery owners and managers.
Moreover, this is knowledge that
every single angler should have and
workshops are open to all. Only if we
as anglers understand the law and
system can we make that work for us
and effectively help protect fish and
The six Fisheries Enforcement Workshops are being held at the following
North East: 22 September – Dishforth Village Hall, Dishforth, Thirsk, North
Yorkshire, YO7 3JU.
Eastern: 29 September – Grantham Cricket Club, Gorse Lane, Grantham,
Lincolnshire, NG31 7UE.
North West: 6 October – Myerscough College, St Michaels Rd, Preston,
Lancashire, PR3 0RY.
Midlands: 13 October – Aztec Upton Warren, Worcester Rd, Bromsgrove,
Worcestershire, B61 7ER.
South East: 20 October – The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, Crawley, West
Sussex, RH10 4RA.
South West: 27 October – Royal British Legion, 80 Blanford Rd, Corfe
Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3HQ.
fisheries. This is all about everyone
getting on the same page and working together, and opportunities for
free professional training of this quality are rare indeed. We look forward to
seeing many anglers taking advantage of and benefiting from these sessions which are always well supported by the police and the EA.”
Kevin Austin, Deputy Director of
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural
Environment, Environment Agency
said: “These workshops are funded
from fishing licence income and are a
great opportunity for us to work with
volunteer bailiffs and the wider
angling community to tackle illegal
fishing and exchange knowledge
to protect fisheries across the
country.” n
Three new record fish claims provisionally accepted
by British Record Fish Committee
The British Record (rod-caught) Fish
Committee would like to announce
the provisional award of three new
record claims.
The BRFC was scheduled to meet
on 27th June but because there was,
at the time, only one record claim
awaiting ratification it was agreed
that in the interests of the BRFC
members’ time and costs, there being
no other issues requiring immediate
attention, the June meeting should be
The one outstanding claim, by
Cameron Atkinson, for his 18lb shorecaught spurdog, having been positively adjudicated by the BRFC seafish specialist group, has been provisionally awarded pending final ratifi-
cation when the committee next
Since the decision (at the end of
May) to cancel the June meeting,
three further record claims have been
made, of which two have been completed and provisionally awarded –
again pending final ratification.
The three new records provisionally accepted following scrutiny by
the respective specialist members of
the BRFC are:
One further claim has been made
by Ryan Wingfield, in respect of his
shore-caught tope claimed at 73lb
2oz, from a West Wales beach on 24th
May. Claim forms have been issued to
Ryan and his claim will be presented
for adjudication upon receipt of the
completed paperwork.
The Committee would like to
remind anglers that in the event of the
capture of a potential record fish, the
captor should first contact the British
Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee
without delay.
Captors of potential record fish
should contact the Secretary, Nick
Simmonds, at the Angling Trust, on
01568 620447 or by email at
brfc@anglingtrust.net Nick will
record the details of the capture and
advise the claimant on progressing
the claim. n
Cameron Atkinson – Spurdog
(Squalus acanthias) – Shore-caught –
Watermouth, North Devon, on 24th
January 2018. Cameron’s fish
weighed 18lb, overtaking Gary
Hillon’s 2017 shore-caught record of
17lb 8oz.
Jason Touzel – White Sea Bream
(Diplodus sargus) – Shore-caught –
West coast of Jersey, on 11th May
2018. Jason’s fish weighed 3lb 3oz 2dr
and was witnessed by Roger Bryant,
who held the previous record of 2lb
Lawrence King – Golden Orfe
(Leuciscus idus (L) – Caught at
Newdigate Farms Fishery, Surrey, on
20th May 2018. Lawrence’s capture, at
8lb 5oz, equals the current record set
in 2000 by Michael Wilkinson from
Lymm Vale, Cheshire.


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