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Tim's Sussex Angle

What have the Angling Trust ever done for us

Thanks to the recent appearance of Keith the Seal on the River Severn there has been a storm of criticism from the usual suspects on internet n forums blogs and twitter about the role of the Angling Trust.

Martin Salter, the Trust's National Campaigns Co-ordinator, has responded to the various criticisms here

But I thought it would be a good idea to list these recent Angling Trust achievements - just to highlight tohe good work these hard working people do!

• Won an injunction to stop a major hydropower scheme on the River Trent that was licensed to kill over 100 fish a day.
• Won a judicial review of the government’s river basin management plans in 2011 and secured £100m of new funding for improving rivers.
• Won significant new government funding to get more people fishing.
• Consulted 30,000 anglers and 780 organisations in bringing forward the first ever National Angling Strategy.
• Reduced poaching by educating Eastern European anglers about how to fish legally.
• Recruited 100 volunteer bailiffs in a pilot scheme that will be rolled out nationally.
• Won review by DEFRA of cormorant licensing and the bass minimum landing size.
• Fought off accusations by the MMO that recreational sea anglers sell their catch.
• Beat off angling bans and restrictions and fought against the sell-off of CEMEX lakes and other waters to non-angling interests.
• Trained 1,300 coaches and helped introduce approximately 100,000 people to angling in the past four years.
• Set up 35 County Angling Action Groups to organise projects to get more people fishing more often.
• Helped 91 clubs get Clubmark accreditation to help them get funding for angling participation work.
• Secured a ban of the sale of invasive plants such as floating pennywort.
• Provided free legal advice to 220 Fish Legal member clubs and fisheries in the last twelve months and continued to fight 50 separate legal cases.
• Introduced new benefits and discounts for members.
Managed and delivered over 200 major competitions and supported our England teams to win 6 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals at world championships and home internationals in 2012