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January 2023 Angling Trust Newsletter

Over 270 sign up for Water Quality Monitoring Network

The Angling Trust’s Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN) continues to grow with 117 clubs and over 270 volunteers now regularly testing water samples on 85 rivers in 38 catchments.

Launched eight months ago as part of our Anglers Against Pollution campaign, here's how WQMN has been helping some of the clubs around the country:

  • Following test results taken on the Upper Medway and its tributaries, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Angling Society and Bromley & District Angling Society have challenged the Environment Agency and Southern Water over poor water quality. Click to read more

  • Ramsbottom Angling Association, in Bury, Lancashire, joined WQMN as a way to monitor their waters following catastrophic fish losses in recent years. Click to read more

  • And in Derbyshire, Tony Locker and the Leek & District Fly Fishing Association are supporting the WQMN project - 30 years after helping to take on a privatised water company to win a major pollution case. Click to read more

The WQMN initiative is supported financially by Orvis UK and APTUS tackle and the “Big Yellow Boxes” are supplied by Flambeau Outdoors.

Second Online Fisheries Enforcement Workshop

Following the success of the first Online Fisheries Enforcement Workshop, the Angling Trust is running a second virtual event on Saturday, 21st January at 10am. You don’t need to have attended the first one to join, but you will need to register.

Funded by fishing licence income in partnership with the Environment Agency, the entire workshop is free and will cover areas such as:

  • How and why you should report angling related crime

  • The work of the Angling Trust's Voluntary Bailiffs

  • The work of the Police and Environment Agency within fisheries enforcement

  • How the Angling Trust's Building Bridges project educates migrant anglers

We have great presenters lined up and Q&A sessions have been built into the programme. If you have any difficulties registering for the workshop please contact

FISH LEGAL UPDATE: River Mole polluter pays £18,000 in damages to local angling clubs and fishery owners

A company that polluted nearly 5km of the River Mole, the principal tributary of the River Taw in Devon, has paid £18,000 in damages to local angling clubs and fishery owners following a legal claim made by Fish Legal on behalf of their members.

The Angling Trust We are a not for profit organisation, representing anglers, fighting for fish, fishing and the environment. We are recognised by the Government as the National Governing Body for angling in England and partner with Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales to promote Fishing in Wales. We are a member-based organisation made up of anglers of all disciplines providing a united front to represent, grow and protect our sport. By becoming a member of the Angling Trust you are helping to protect the waterways you fish in and the fish which live within them, ensuring their health and protection for future generations.


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