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Angling Trust and Wiltshire police officers give
factory workers lessons on fishing laws
The Angling Trust joined Wiltshire
Police officers on a visit to the Airsprung bed manufacturing factory in
Trowbridge to speak to workers about
fishing responsibly. It followed an
issue with illegal fishing along the
river behind the factory, which was
discovered during joint patrols involving police officers and the Angling
Trust’s volunteer bailiffs.
Building Bridges’ Project Manager
Janusz Kansik and Volunteer Bailiff
Frank Hall spoke to workers about
joining local angling clubs, respecting
fishing laws in this country and practising catch and release. They were
assisted by Wiltshire Rural Crime Officer PC Emily Thomas and Wiltshire
West PCSO Matt Till.
The aim of the visit was to try to
build positive relationships with the
angling community to help everyone
have a better understanding of the
laws and how to fish legally. Some of
the workers at the factory are from
Eastern European countries but any
potential language barriers were
averted, as Janusz was able to speak
to them in Polish, and the Trust also
provided multilingual leaflets.
The Building Bridges Project aims
to educate and integrate migrant
anglers and is run in partnership with
the Environment Agency and funded
from fishing licence income. Building
Bridges staff help angling clubs translate rules into different languages and
provide multilingual signage. They
engage with migrant communities,
including schools, raising awareness
and encouraging people to join local
clubs and fish by the rules. Any
angling clubs requiring further infor-
mation or assistance from Building
Bridges can contact janusz.kansik
Janusz said: “This was a great
example of multi-agency work in
action at a factory where most of the
workers were migrants. We had a
great chat about fishing and law and
provided information about what
licence and permits were needed. We
would like to thank the Voluntary
Bailiff Service and local police for their
Volunteer bailiffs like Frank patrol
fishing venues all over the country
and act as the eyes and ears at the
waterside, reporting any relevant
intelligence about illegal activity to
the Angling Trust, Environment
Agency or police where appropriate
to help protect fish and fisheries.
Nevin Hunter, the Angling Trust
Regional Enforcement Manager for
South West England said: “It was
great to be able to coordinate this
work and the feedback has been
hugely positive. The Angling Trust
works as part of the Wiltshire Rural
Crime Partnership to help address
issues of concern. In this case we
have been able to work with the
police to raise the profile of angling
with migrant workers and to build
links with local migrant communities.”
“Bringing together members of our
Building Bridges project and the Voluntary Bailiff Service with Wiltshire
Police offers massive reassurance to
anglers in the wider community
showing that partnership work can
have a positive impact.”
There are still opportunities to fish
fo r c o a rs e fi s h w hi l e ri v e rs a nd
streams are off limits during the current close season. The majority of still
waters and canals will be open and
anglers should check their local
byelaws for the list of sites included
within the statutory close season. n


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