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Political parties challenged
over Angling Manifesto 2019
The Angling Trust has challenged
politicians and political parties seeking election on December 12th to
demonstrate their support for recreational fishing with the publication of
a 2019 Manifesto for Angling.All the
parties representing English constituencies in the House of Commons
have been sent a copy of the manifesto and invited to indicate the
extent of their support for angling.
Angling Trust members and supporters are being encouraged to contact
their local candidates with a copy of
the manifesto and secure commitments to protect fisheries and
anglers’ rights in the next Parliament.
The Trust secured cross-party support for similar manifestos in the 2017,
2015 and 2010 General Elections.
The document focuses on four key
areas:
A better deal for fish and fishing
once the UK has left the EU
• retaining in full the commitment
transferring all current EU environmental protections that benefit fish
stocks and the aquatic environment to the UK
• reforming the farm subsidy system
to ensure that £3 billion of taxpayers’ money is focused on action to
address any pollution and habitat
damage from poor agricultural
practices.
• setting clear targets and timeframes for rebuilding marine stocks
recognising that many are shared
with other EU Member States.
Responsible management of
water
• reforming as a matter of urgency
the outdated abstraction regime to
allow more sustainable management of water resources.
• introducing national compulsory
water metering and better storage
facilities to avoid damaging
abstractions during drought periods.
• putting new duties on the water
regulator OFWAT to take account
of environmental impacts when
planning future investment by
water companies.
Recognition, promotion and
access to angling
• recognising the benefits of angling
for the environment, the economy,
individuals and communities.
• providing support for our national
teams and international angling
competitions.
Head of Policy Martin Salter presenting the Angling Mnifesto 2019 to David
Drew, Shadow Environment Minister.
• continuing to ring fence rod licence
income for angling and fisheries
work.
• protecting the rights of all anglers
to fish without fear of harassment
and disruption.
• recognising that voluntary access
agreements are the only way to
manage the increase in waterbased recreation, such as canoeing,
on inland waters and avoid conflict
between different user groups.
• recognising recreational sea
anglers as equal stakeholders in
decisions about marine fisheries
management.
Environment fit for fish and
wildlife
• removing and easing barriers to
fish migration in rivers and stop
others being built.
• tackling diffuse agricultural pollution through a combination of
enforcement by regulators and
expert advice from charities outside the regulatory system.
• creating a sustainable marine fishery with designated nursery areas,
commercial catch limits based on
science and better protection for
estuaries and inshore waters.
• recognising the damage caused to
inland fisheries by predators such
as cormorants, goosanders, mink
and otters and support fishery
managers’ efforts to protect their
waters and businesses from unsustainable predation.
• giving active consideration to the
case for including cormorants on
the General Licence.
Stuart Singleton-White, Head of
Campaigns at the Angling Trust, said:
“As the population of the UK grows,
the increased pressure sees our fish
and water bodies suffering. Overfishing around our coasts is devastating
many fish from marine stocks, and
inadequate controls on the pollution
coupled with unsustainable abstraction has left too many rivers in a mess.
Add to that the gross underfunding
and lack of enforcement from the likes
of the Environment Agency are simply making things worse. We need all
political parties, whether they form
the next government or not, to get
behind angling and to get a grip of
the challenges facing our water environment.”
Martin Salter, Head of Policy at the
Angling Trust added: “Angling is one
of the best ways to enjoy the natural
world up close.
It also creates an army of environmental advocates that the politicians
should recognise. Angling also makes
a vital contribution to people’s wellbeing and good mental health and
provides the perfect way to relax and
de-stress.
The Angling Trust has worked hard
to highlight the benefits of our sport,
to build strong cross party support for
all forms of recreational fishing and to
ensure that MPs realise that angling
plays a vital role in protecting our
rivers, coasts and freshwater.” n
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