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CARP CHAT
licences. The Angling Trust has really
helped push enforcement forward
and bring everybody together especially with VBS.”
Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE said:
“We are very proud of all our volunteers. That a number have now gone
on to full-time roles with the Environment Agency and police is clear evidence of both the quality of our people and wider benefits of volunteering
generally and the VBS specifically.
Congratulations to all involved.”
Kevin Austin, Head of Fisheries at
the Environment Agency, said:
“The Voluntary Bailiff Service provides an excellent way for anglers to
gain enforcement experience and
give something back to their sport. I
am delighted that for Lee, Martynas
and Barry it has helped to secure a job
at the Environment Agency. There is
nothing better than doing a job you
love and volunteering can be the first
step for someone into a fulfilling and
rewarding career in fisheries.”
The Voluntary Bailiff Service is part
of the Angling Trust’s Fisheries
Enforcement Support Service, which
operates in partnership with the Environment Agency and is funded by
income from fishing licence sales.. n
Fishing during
hot weather:
essential advice
for anglers
With a spell of hot, dry weather in
prospect, the Environment Agency
has issued essential advice for
anglers to help minimise the risk to
fish.. n
Statement on
Ofwat’s action
for Southern
Water pollutions
The Angling Trust has issued a statement following the action taken by
water regulator Ofwat against Southern
Water for its deliberate and systematic
attempts to cover up their latest pollution incidents. While welcoming the
action, we are disappointed that the
rivers and environments that have been
affected will not be receiving a penny to
help repair the damage to the habitat for
fish and other wildlife.. n
8 FREE LINE
Browns Angling Ladies Carp
Team England take Bronze at
Women’s World Cup
A nail-biting and exciting finish saw
England’s lionesses secure a bronze
medal at the inaugural ladies World
Carp Cup held at Villeneuve de la
Rhao, Perpignan, France last weekend.
Home nation France took the honours with a magnificent display that
secured them two section wins and a
second. Their unbeatable four points
could not be matched. It wasn’t plain
sailing though, as, with just over 12
hours to go, both Romania and England threatened the top podium place.
France held firm through the latter
stages with a string of fish to take a
convincing and well deserved gold.
They also secured individual gold and
silver medal positions with individual
bronze going to Romania.
The team battle for silver and
bronze raged right to the wire, with
Romania and England changing
places right up to the last 30 minutes
of the 72-hour event. In the end, the
score sheet showed a tie for second
place with both England and Romania scoring eight points. Tie back
rules look at the greatest combined
weight, and the honours went to
Romania, whose combined score was
a mere 26 kilograms greater than
England’s.
England Manager Rob Hughes had
nothing but praise for all the teams.
“France were outstanding in every
way and made the most of their home
advantage. They absolutely deserved
gold. Romania and England were very
evenly matched, and it was virtually
impossible to call who would win
between the two teams. In the end, it
was Romania that won, but a couple
of extra fish for us, and it would have
gone the other way. We certainly can’t
grumble with the result, and it shows
how good and also how even the level
of competition is. All of the teams
from all of the showed a fantastic
spirit of fair play and battle hard for
their countries.”
The history of women’s carp fishing
competitions is now well and truly
established. Discussions are currently
in place for the hosting of next year’s
event.. n

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