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Angling Trust’s Manifesto for Angling receives cross
party support ahead of General Election
The Angling Trust’s Manifesto for
Angling – published last month – has
secured strong cross party pledges
from both Labour and Conservative
parties to support angling in the next
Parliament.
Angling Trust Policy Chief Martin
Salter welcomed the cross party commitment, saying: “We are delighted
that the two main parties have
responded positively and substantively to our Manifesto for Angling,
which demonstrates the political
influence of the angling community
as voters. Over the ten years since the
Angling Trust was formed, we have
substantially increased the recognition amongst Ministers and MPs of
the importance of angling to the environment, the economy and to local
communities. We will be holding the
next government to account to guarantee anglers’ rights and pressing
them to do everything possible to
protect our fish stocks from the wide
range of threats that they face.”
Stuart Singleton-White, Head of
Campaigns added: “Anglers can now
go to the polls safe in the knowledge
that whichever of the main parties
form the next government, they have
committed to protect the sport we all
love. This is the benefit of having a
strong and credible governing body
with influence in Westminster that
gets taken seriously.”
The 2019 Manifesto for Angling
covers the following 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the outdated abstraction regime to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.
• 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.
Labour’s Shadow Environment
Minister Sue Hayman said: “The
Labour Party appreciates the work of
the Angling Trust in helping to reconnect people with the natural environment and in improving understanding
Martin Salter and Tracy Crouch with
carp.
of British wildlife and habitats. We
recognise the economic and social
contribution that angling delivers and
fully support calls from the Angling
Trust to ensure there is no regression
on environmental standards and protections post Brexit.”
Conservative Chairman of the All
Party Parliamentary Angling Group,
Charles Walker added: “My Conservative colleagues and I very much welcome the publication of the Angling
Trust’s Manifesto, which highlights
clearly some of the huge challenges
we face in ensuring that recreational
fishing has a bright future in Britain.
In particular we are looking forward
to continuing our close working relationship with the Angling Trust on
seeking solutions to some of the real
threats to both our freshwater and
marine fisheries including over
abstraction from sensitive river catchments and the overfishing of vulnerable marine species.”
Whilst both the Liberal Democrats
and Green parties have acknowledged the manifesto, they have yet to
provide a formal response at the time
of writing. n
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