Angling News from around the web April 2021
Angling Trust – Orvis UK joins Anglers Against Pollution campaign to protect Britain’s waters from pollution
The Angling Trust is delighted to welcome Orvis UK as launch partners for its Anglers Against Pollution campaign to keep Britain’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters free from pollution.
To show its commitment to protecting the environment, Orvis UK is donating 5% of every online sale from its PRO Collection to the campaign.
The UK government has repeatedly said that it wants Britain to become a world leader in conserving both the environment and biodiversity but has frequently failed to back this up with action. Anglers Against Pollution seeks to hold the government to account for its promises and responsibilities to protect our waterways and has called for improved monitoring of pollution and proper enforcement against those responsible.
Adrian Woolford, Managing Director of Orvis UK, said:
“The Angler’s Against Pollution campaign is a fantastic effort to give all anglers a voice in the fight to safeguard our environment here in the UK for future generations to come. As a brand, our core values are to protect and preserve nature and so we are delighted to be showing our commitment by giving 5% of every online sale from the Orvis PRO Collection to support the launch of this vital work.”
Jamie Cook, CEO of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said:
“The commitment to donate 5% of all UK online sales of the Orvis PRO Collection is a significant investment in the work we are undertaking to fight for fish, fishing and the aquatic environment. The support of Orvis and their customers will make a notable difference to the scale and strength of our campaign work and is a superb example of how we can each have a positive impact on the sport we love, the environments we value, and the fish we dream of catching.”
Charles Rangeley-Wilson, author and conservationist, said:
“As a proud Angling Trust Ambassador, and a passionate fisherman and campaigner for cleaner water in our rivers, I am delighted that Orvis UK has decided to support the vital work of Anglers Against Pollution.”
Marina Gibson, Ambassador for both Orvis UK and the Angling Trust, said:
“We have laws in place that should be protecting our waterways from pollution, but they are simply not being enforced in a meaningful way. The government needs to invest in enforcement, incentivise the updating of sewage systems, and ensure that companies and individuals who pollute our rivers are held to account. If we don’t act now it will be too late.”
February was another fantastic month for the Angling Trust. Thanks to your support we have been able to continue fighting for the future of both fish and fishing.
We have achieved huge success this month in nature conservation, with angling being at the heart of the solution for ensuring our environments are healthy for future generations. Angling will remain at Sevenoaks in Kent after the Kent Wildlife Trust reversed its previous decision and recognised the valuable work of the Bromley (Kent) & District Angling Society in enhancing the wildlife value of their fishery. And in the Colne Valley anglers and local conservation groups have been working together to improve the fishery and habitat for wildlife.
We also welcomed support from River Action UK and Orvis UK to our Anglers Against Pollution campaign. Your support has never been more vital and we are determined to stand up for our fish through Anglers Against Pollution. Please pledge your support by signing our petition and sharing your photos of pollution on social media using the hashtag #anglersagainstpollution.
If you are not yet a member of the Angling Trust, please consider joining and help us continue to fight for our fish and fishing into 2021 and the years that follow. You can join online here – and you may be entitled to a free gift!
Stuart Singleton-White, Head of Campaigns
Many anglers make use of their own boats to go fishing. This can add a lot of cost to the pleasure we get from being on the water. It was, therefore, with dismay that the Angling Trust learnt the government had launched a consultation to remove the entitlement to “red diesel” for the use of recreational boats in both coastal and inland waters.
The Angling Trust, along with other boating interests, objected to this proposed change. We pointed out that the cost of fuel is one of the biggest determining factors in boat angling participation and the higher cost of running vessels if they are required to use “white diesel” may impact on objectives to increase participation in angling, such as the government’s National Angling Strategy and Sport England objectives. We argued that should the government go ahead, it was clear that supply around the coast for recreational boaters could not be guaranteed as the cost of installing a second pump for “white diesel” would not be commercially viable in many harbours and ports.
As boat owners already pay a duty on the portion of “red diesel” used for propulsion, the proposed change was expensive and would bring no benefit to the government in terms of extra income.
We’re pleased the government has listened and in his budget statement on 3rd March, Rishi Sunak announced the government would not proceed with this change.
David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Sea Angling, said:
“We are extremely pleased with the government’s announcement to maintain the entitlement to red diesel for recreational boat angling. This is a big win for the Angling Trust and in p[articular for sea anglers. The Angling Trust and other representative bodies have worked with the government on this issue for a number of years and are pleased the concerns of, and impact to, boat anglers, have been taken into account”.
For details on the consultation and the summary of responses click here.
The publication of a highly controversial and dubious report on Fish Welfare by the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation – a group supported by the Prime Minister’s partner Carrie Symonds – has been branded an ‘ill informed anti-angling rant lacking in evidence or credibility’ and a ‘gift to animal rights extremists’ by the Angling Trust.
In a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary George Eustice, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook asks that the government distances itself from the report and reconfirms its support for angling.
Jamie Cook writes:
“If this was just the musings of some independent think tank we could let it pass with minimal comment as a biased and flawed piece of ideologically driven nonsense. But because it’s from the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation who enjoy close links to people at the heart of power in this country we feel obliged to ask you or your ministers to publicly confirm your support for recreational fishing and to distance the Government from the conclusions of this highly contentious and inaccurate report.”
Without any reference to established facts or science the report makes some extraordinary claims about angling including:
• Catch and Release survival rates of 1-2%
• Anglers store live fish in buckets causing them stress
• Anglers knowingly gut and fillet live fish for the table
• Fish feel pain
• Fish are ‘sentient beings’ and should be included in animal welfare legislation
The full report can be found here – the misleading claims on Catch and Release are on page 24.
Previously the Conservative Party had been steadfast in its support for angling saying at the 2017 election:
“The Conservative Party will continue to support angling and the numerous benefits – economic, environmental, social and health – it brings to communities and individuals alike.”
Angling Trust Policy Chief Martin Salter added:
“We’ve worked hard to maintain strong cross party support for angling and have had great support from many Conservative MPs who are just as bemused as we are by the emergence of an ill informed anti-angling rant lacking in evidence or credibility.
“We’ve now provided ministers with peer reviewed scientific papers proving that catch and release survival rates are well above 90% and even higher in well conducted coarse fishing. Let’s hope this report is quickly disowned and we can go back to working with ministers on promoting all the benefits that angling has to offer.”