News and Events

Here we hope to keep you informed of general ABF News and Events as they come up but please check out our members only forum as well, just in case of something a little more exclusive.

Angling Trust (Midlands) Fisheries Forum

Midlands (Shropshire) Fisheries Forum

24th, May, 2017

Uffington Village Hall

Church Road, Shrewsbury, SY4 4SQ

 Tea, Coffee & Biscuits served from 6.40pm

Meeting begins 7.00pm

 In association with the Environment Agency

  This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and Angling Trust and is a chance to tell us what YOU think our priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.

It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of the venue, make sure you attend.

If there is a specific question you would like to ask at the meeting please let us know well in advance by emailing ian.shepherd@anglingtrust.net

Angling Trust – Thames Fisheries Forum – 17th May 2107

Thames Fisheries Forum

17th, May, 2017

The Green Park Conference Centre
100 Longwater Avenue Green Park
Reading
RG2 6GP

Tea and Coffee served from 6.40pm

Meeting begins 7.00pm

In association with the Environment Agency

This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and Angling Trust and is a chance to tell us what YOU think our priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.

How do we improve the fishing on the River Kennet?

At the forum we will be exploring and debating the current condition of the River Kennet from an Angling perspective.
To do this we will have an “Expert” panel consisting of:

• Martin Salter – Angling Trust
• Stuart Keable – Environment Agency
• Charlotte Hitchmough – Action for the River Kennet
• Del Shackleford – Reading & District Angling Assoc.
• Simon Hughes – Thames Water

The members of the panel will give a short presentation of about 5 minutes outlining the work that their organisation is doing to improve the condition of the river and what benefit this may bring to fish stocks and angling. After the presentations we will then take questions from the floor “Question Time” style with Martin Salter acting as Chair. So if you fish the River Kennet and care about it’s fish stocks, then this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved.

It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of the venue, make sure you attend.

If there is a specific question you would like to ask at the meeting please let us know well in advance by emailing ian.shepherd@anglingtrust.net

Angling Trust – Briefing Note

Operation LEVIATHAN Briefing Note – to Angling Trust Clubs

Operation LEVIATHAN, the largest multi-police force and multi-agency operation to ever target illegal fishing and fish theft, will be launched on Thursday 11th June 2015.

Operation LEVIATHAN’s policing partners are West Mercia, Warwickshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, West Midlands, Dyfed-Powys and South Wales Police and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit. Other partners are the Angling Trust, Fish Legal, Environment Agency and Cefas.

The Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and Operation LEVIATHAN is supported by Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham, and the Prime Minister’s Envoy of Polish & Eastern European Diaspora in the UK.

Like Operation TRAVERSE, launched in November 2014 as a partnership between Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Police, the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Cefas, Operation LEVIATHAN will be ongoing indefinitely.

Such operations work through a high profile, increasing confidence and thereby intelligence – leading to pre-scripted and appropriately resourced ‘Days of Action’.

All operations are subject to an Operational Order, a detailed briefing of all legislation and due process – removing any ambiguity when incidents are reported. The intention is to ultimately cover the whole of England in such multi-agency initiatives. Moreover, the Environment Agency’s Incident Communications Centre was recently briefed, and is very much aboard.

It is vital that anglers report criminal offences (fishing without permission and the theft of fish) to the police (dial 101 or 999 if a criminal offence is in progress), and rod-licensing or national byelaw offences to the Environment Agency (0800 80 70 60).

Further information regarding how to report incidents and angling law can be found in our Guide for Anglers Reporting Offences to the Police HERE.

The Crown Prosecution Service has also been briefed, and fisheries offences, which were hitherto obscure and unfamiliar to the police, are increasingly being brought before magistrates all over England – the Impact Statements we provide have ensured appropriate sentences. See our recent news HERE.

Meet the Experts June 2015

The Association of Barbel Fishers

Invite you to an informal evening with the experts.

Gary Newman: Writer, International Angler and Specimen Hunter
Rob Swindells: Writer, noted Barbel Angler and guide
Ian Grant: Noted specimen angler and HNV bait maestro
Roger Keys: Centrepin Builder and Secretary of the Red Spinners

The evening will consist of an open forum where Gary, Rob, Ian and Roger will invite questions from the audience on any angling or conservation issues.

Plus Jez Brown of Lone Angler ~ a selection of top quality baits and tackle.

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The Lands End Public House
Lands End Lane, Charvil, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire RG10 0UE

Doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start
Full bar available

Plenty of opportunity to chat with fellow anglers both before and after the event.

Cost:
Members £3.00
Non Members £5.00

All profits will be donated to charity

Fishery Permits

For those that have paid the intention is to post the new Photo Permits out to fishery members at the end of April. The remainder I’ll trickle post as and when they are paid for. Can I thank the vast majority for having sent in a photo of themselves, the new permits are laminated and looking good, any feedback is welcomed.

There are a couple of vacancies for Fiskerton/HKS so if you’re interested, sign up now by contacting Admin.