Cormorants and Goosanders

23 May

The Fish-Eating Birds Review, commissioned by DEFRA, last year published its recommendations on reducing the impact of predation by fish-eating birds in England. New measures endorsed by the then DEFRA Minister Richard Benyon include the introduction of three Fisheries Management Advisors (FMAs) and a new area licence to allow greater flexibility by encouraging and allowing fisheries to work together for greater effect.

(Angling Trust Website)


The Fisheries Management Advisor for the North East is Richard Bamforth, and The Angling Trust are urging those who need advice or help with control of fish-eating birds to contact him



Mobile: 07904 041518

Reporting Poaching

23 May

One of the areas of particular interest at the recent Angling Trust / Environment Agency forum was about poaching – what it is and how to report it.

There is a very useful short PDF guide from the Angling Trust (see below) but here are a couple of useful pointers:

• Fishing without permission is an offence under Schedule 1 Theft Act 1968 and

• The police are duty-bound to record and deal with it


• If a criminal offence is in progress and/or you are verbally abused or threatened with violence, report the incident to the police via 999, otherwise please do so on 101.

• Environment Agency Reporting Hotline is 0800 80 70 60


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Angling Trust North East Forum 11th May

3 May

Please note that the Angling Trust (with input from the Environment Agency) are holding a free public meeting on the evening of 11th May in Newcastle.  Some very interesting items on the agenda, so it would be good to have as many attend as possible.


Angling Trust Members News

April 25th 2016

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North East Fisheries Forum Tyne InvitationFree to Attend, Open to All

Angling Trust North East Fisheries Forum (Tyne)

May 11th 2016

in association with the Environment Agency

Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road,



Tea and coffee served from 6.45pm, meeting will start at 7.15pm


The draft agenda will include:

  • Poaching and fish theft – Angling Trust Regional Enforcement Manager, Giles Evans outlines his work  and explains how the new Volunteer Bailiff Service will roll out in the North East.
  • Enviromment Agency Update – EA Fisheries Technical Specialist Robbie Stevenson gives a round-up of Fisheries team work in the region.
  • Salmon 5 Point Plan – EA Fisheries Team leader Jon Shelley gives an overview of the new EA 5 point Plan to improve Salmon Stocks
  • Angling Trust News – Angling Trust National Regions Manager outlines the latest news from AT
  • Open Forum Session – Ask questions and raise issues with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust
  • YOUR ISSUES – Do you have an issue you think would make a good agenda item…then let us know via the email address below.

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 is a chance to tell the Angling Trust what YOU think their 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 in advance by emailing

There’s still time if you haven’t already registered, just click the link below


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