Freeline Magazine 8 (May 2018) | Free online carp fishing magazine - Page 5



CARP CHAT
Great new offer – £29 to spend at Fishing Megastore
when you join the Angling Trust & Fish Legal
The Angling Trust & Fish Legal are
launching a great initiative to attract
new members – join for £29 and get a
£29 voucher to spend at Fishing
Megastore!
This fantastic offer is open to new
adult and senior citizen members
who have not held a valid membership for at least two years. The additional subscriptions will help the
Angling Trust & Fish Legal to campaign and support legal action to protect fish and fishing and a growing
membership will strengthen our influence with government.
The new incentive launches this
weekend at The Big One angling
show in Farnborough, Hampshire and
online from this Saturday (March
24th).
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of
Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said:
“Over the past ten years, our club and
fishery membership has grown rapidly, but if we are to fight off the many
threats to fish and fishing, we need
more support from individual anglers.
Hopefully, the £29 voucher will provide that extra incentive for the many
anglers who have been meaning to
join but haven’t got around to it
among all the other things in our busy
lives.
“The Angling Trust & Fish Legal are
very grateful to Paul Devlin at Fishing
Megastore for his generous support of
this new initiative to encourage more
anglers to become a part of the unified representative body for all
anglers.”
Paul Devlin, Managing Director of
Fishing Megastore, said: “Fishing
Megastore firmly believes that
anglers need a large voice to represent them if they are going to be
taken seriously by any government or
council. We are passionate about
angling and believe that following the
past and recent successes of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal team it
is now more important than ever that
they have our support in order to
carry on the great work that they do.
In order to show our support, Fishing
Megastore is offering every new
Angling Trust member a £29 discount
to be redeemed online at our
www.fishingmegastore.com website.”
Individual membership of the
Angling Trust & Fish Legal lasts for 12
months from the date of joining and
costs £29 for adults and £25 for senior
citizens. Members also receive big
savings on a range of products and
services from trade partners, discounts on day and season tickets at
nearly 100 fishing venues, free £10m
civil liability insurance, entry to
Angling Trust only fishing matches,
member newsletters, e-updates and
members only prize draws. n
Hunt saboteurs target the ancient art of angling
Sabs try to disrupt cormorant campaign and call for anglers to be shot
The Hunt Saboteurs Association this
week launched a misguided attempt to
disrupt the Angling Trust’s Cormorant
Watch website by encouraging its supporters to record bogus sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers.
When the site was set up to campaign
for greater controls of these fish-eating
birds, which are now present in the UK
in unsustainable numbers, the Angling
Trust established a quality assurance
protocol to avoid vexatious action such
as this.
The Angling Trust, which is the representative body for all anglers in England
and Wales, calls on hunt saboteurs to
stop wasting their time by recording
false sightings because they will not be
included in the final figures. The Trust
urged them to understand the damage
these birds are doing to fish populations
and freshwater ecosystems.
Cormorants were very rarely seen
inland before the 1980s, but their numbers have increased enormously since,
and they are now a significant factor in
the decline of many fish populations in
the context of widespread pollution,
over-abstraction of water and habitat
damage. Goosanders and mergansers
are a particular problem on salmon
rivers, nearly all of which are classified as
being at risk of failing to meet their conservation targets due to declining
stocks.
Research from the Atlantic Salmon
Trust has shown that 40-50% of young
salmon die on their journey down rivers,
with predation the most likely cause. On
the Hampshire Avon, a river once famous
for its specimen roach stocks, the
species was almost wiped out in the
middle reaches of the river as cormorant
numbers exploded in the 1990s.
The Angling Trust is encouraging
anglers to continue submitting sightings
to the database up to the 31st March
when the survey is due to end so that it
can build a picture of the distribution of
the birds to support better management
of predation at a national level. The
Angling Trust will be backing up this
information by contacting more than
2,000 angling clubs and fisheries it has in
membership and asking them to contribute to a survey about fish-eating
birds to provide more evidence to ministers and statutory agencies to press
them to take action.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “It is
disappointing that these animal rights
extremists have chosen to target angling
with their hateful action. Online comments on forums associated with this
movement have even called for anglers
to be shot, which is appalling.”
He added: “Anglers invest tens of millions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours restoring water
environments, monitoring and reporting
pollution and collecting litter. We have
never called for predatory birds to be
wiped out, but we do want to see sensible, proportionate management to control their numbers at sustainable levels
that can support viable fish populations.
Angling is loved by three million people,
supports 40,000 jobs and generates £3
billion for the UK economy. These people
will not stop us fishing.” n
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