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CARP CHAT
Angling legend’s daughter Lisa Wilson praises Fisheries
Enforcement Workshops for ‘protecting fish and fisheries’
T h e A n g l i n g Tr u s t ’s F i s h e r i e s
Enforcement Support Service has
recently completed its annual round
of Fisheries Enforcement Workshops
held in all six regions of England.
Funded by fishing licence income and
organised as part of the National
Angling Strategic Services contract
with the Environment Agency, 617
anglers have now benefited from
these important days since they
began in 2015.
A star guest at this year’s Eastern
workshop was Lisa Wilson, daughter
of the late, great John Wilson MBE.
Lisa Wilson said: “John had a thirst to
learn about everything he did. He
loved to pass on knowledge and was
passionate about educating as many
people as possible about fishing.
These workshops are vital in making
more people aware of the law around
fisheries enforcement and ensure that
we all can play a role in protecting
fish and fisheries for the future.”
Workshop training is provided free
of charge by policing and enforcement professionals and is aimed at
upskilling the angling community and
is especially helpful to clubs and fisheries. Sessions included help to
ensure that fisheries can be safely,
effectively and efficiently protected
by fishery bailiffs working in partnership with the Environment
Agency and police.
The workshops also
provide a great opportunity for anglers to
engage with Environment Agency Fisheries
Enforcement Officers
and local Police Rural
& Wildlife Crime Officers.
Angling Trust’s
National Enforcement
Manager Dilip Sarkar
MBE said: “These workshops are
essential and a key part of our overall
strategy. The days are always wellreceived – as the unanimously positive feedback confirms. Our regions
are huge, so locations never suit
everyone, hence why we move the
venues around every year. Were it up
to me, I would make attendance
mandatory before issuing a rod
licence – it really is that important.”
Feedback received from the six
workshops included:North East FEW,
21 September 2019: Dishforth.
10 FREE LINE
Eastern Regional Enforcement Manager Paul Thomas (left) and Mark Owen,
Head of Freshwater, with Lisa Wilson at the Eastern Fisheries Enforcement
Workshop.
‘Great day!’
‘I went to your enforcement meeting today, which I found really interesting and very informative.’
North West FEW, 29 September
2019: Warrington.
‘I really enjoyed the
day and found it very
informative and practical. It was good to see
the Police, Environment
Agency and Angling
Trust working closely
together to support
angling.’
‘It was a good day,
despite the weather
and worth the journey. I
took away some good
ideas which I will put to
good use.
’South East FEW, 5 October 2019:
Pulborough.‘
The Angling Trust came across to
me at this FEW as a very professional
and determined organisation that is
going in the right direction. I recently
became a member myself last year.’
‘Thank you for putting on the workshop and sending the materials
through. As an individual angler, I
found the session very useful and
valuable and definitely worth the time
spent!
The agenda was perfect. I learned a
lot on many levels, particularly the
inter-agency collaboration and how
the law applies.’
South West FEW, 12 October 2019:
Emersons Green.
‘I was very impressed with the
workshop yesterday, both with the
various presentations and information
provided. The Building Bridges Project is fantastic and certainly opened
my eyes to the work that is going on.
I will be using lots of the migrant
worker information during my next
club committee meeting. Hopefully I
will be able to educate and inform our
members and try to reduce some of
the prejudice thoughts that people
have about Eastern European
anglers.’
Midlands FEW, Saturday 19 October 2019: Loughborough.
‘Great day, thank you. I would
really like to get involved with VBS
now and hopefully will be able to next
year.’
Eastern FEW, 26 October 2019:
Spalding.
‘I took a lot of positives away from
the workshop organisations. The talks
were educational and an eye opener.
This will put more confidence into my
fishing, as I now understand the hard
work from all the organisations which
is taking place. I have now joined the
Angling Trust. n





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