Angling Trust agrees new contracts with the EA and Sport England

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The Angling Trust, the not-for-profit, independent representative body for all anglers, has agreed a new four-year contract with the Environment Agency to continue delivering a wide-ranging package of initiatives to improve and promote angling in England. The contract will build on the success of popular initiatives delivered by the Angling Trust over the past four years, including the introduction of 500 volunteer bailiffs, the delivery of regional angling forums, which saw thousands of anglers attend, millions of pounds of reinvestment of rod licence income through the Angling Improvement Fund and promotion of angling participation, which saw over 1,800 events delivered and 77,000 adults and juniors attend in the last two years alone.

The Angling Trust went through a formal tendering process and was selected to deliver all aspects of the contract because of their ability to secure match funding, work in partnership with their network of nearly 2,500 member clubs and fisheries and deliver programmes cost-effectively with their many expert staff and volunteers. The contract is for approximately £1.15 million a year. Due to falling sales of fishing licences and grant-in-aid from the government in recent years, the size and scope of the contract has been slightly reduced, and the popular Angling Improvement Fund will be smaller, with a focus on tackling the impact of predation.

The EA contract will be complemented by a new £670,000 contract which the Angling Trust has also secured from Sport England over the next two years to promote participation and competition angling. Neither of these contracts prevents the Angling Trust campaigning and lobbying on behalf of anglers, funded exclusively from membership and fundraising income, to challenge the Environment Agency or the government regarding their work to protect and improve the water environment. The Angling Trust and Fish Legal will continue to represent robustly their member anglers, angling clubs, fisheries, charter boats and trade members.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, said: “We are pleased that the Environment Agency and Sport England have chosen to continue to support the Angling Trust to improve and promote angling in England over the next two to four years. We look forward to working with thousands of clubs, fisheries, coaches and volunteers to protect and improve the sport we all love. We urge everyone to work with us to help encourage more people to go fishing and to buy a fishing licence. With government funding being cut, income from licence sales is vital to support all the Environment Agency’s fisheries activities, including delivery of partnership contracts.”

Mick Clifford