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Angling Trust urges clubs and fisheries to increase
licence applications for the control of cormorants
and goosanders
The Angling Trust is urging angling
clubs and fisheries to submit more
licence applications over the coming
winter to ensure that the maximum
number of birds are controlled. Government ministers have made it clear
that they won’t consider raising the
current 3,000 cap on the number of
birds that can be shot until we can
demonstrate that demand for licences
is outstripping this figure. Although
the 3,000 figure was narrowly missed
in 2016/17, last year’s figures dropped
to around 2,400.
The Trust is also urging angling
clubs and fishery owners to work
together with its Fishery Management Advisors and to apply for Area
Based Licences. Some of the worst
affected areas in the country are
where the local angling community
has failed to work together in this
The Angling Trust believes that
these birds belong on the general
shooting licence along with magpies
and crows for as long as their conservation status is not threatened. The
Trust has been continuing to make
the case for increased control of cormorants and goosanders and has held
several meetings recently with senior
civil servants at Defra, Natural England, Welsh Government, Natural
Resources Wales and the Environment Agency to try and secure
greater protection for fish stocks.
Angling Trust is going to work with
Natural England to provide better
‘Most serious’
incidents rise
An Environment Agency report into
water companies’ performance has
revealed an increase in the most serious
‘category 1’ pollution incidents to 11 in
2017. There are also concerns about
lower level pollution, which can contribute to the ‘death of rivers by a thousand cuts’.Help out at BBC Countryfile
National angling charity Get Hooked
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help run the fishing sessions at ‘this
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guidance to fishery managers about
how to submit a successful application. Extensions into April and May
can be applied for to protect migrating salmon smolts where relevant and
if there is a cold winter in continental
Europe and a significant influx of cormorants as a result, then additional
licences could be issued at short
In Wales, the Angling Trust is part of
a new review group which has been
set up to make recommendations to
government early next year for policy
to help protect fish stocks, and in particular salmon whose numbers have
crashed on some rivers.
The Angling Trust is working with
colleagues in the European Anglers’
Alliance on a Baltic cormorant management plan and is also promoting a
European-wide management plan at
a meeting in Brussels scheduled for
the autumn.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal said:
“We are doing all we can to protect
fish and fishing from the rising numbers of cormorants and goosanders
on our rivers and lakes despite substantial political resistance. We need
the angling community to pull
together by submitting a large volume of high quality applications, with
our support, for Area Based Licences
to control these birds at sustainable
levels.” n
Anglers join
forces against
plastic waste
Plastic pollution in seas and our waterways is a concern to us all, which is why
the Angling Trust is supporting a new
Fa c e b o o k g r o u p t o b r i n g a n g l e r s
together to campiaign for change.. n
Revised figures bring hope of bass
bag limit in 2018
The Angling Trust is calling on
anglers to get behind a campaign
to reestablish a bag limit for bass
for the remainder of 2018. It follows revised scientific advice estimating an 87% decrease in the
estimated impact of recreational
fishing in 2016 compared to the
figures published last year. Those
figures led to a complete ban on
keeping any recreationally caught
bass in 2018. n


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