Angling Trust - Update for Anglers, Clubs & Fisheries

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Important Covid-19 Updates for Anglers, Clubs & Fisheries

15th May 16:30


Updates: Night fishing, competitions, insurance cover and situation in Wales


Dear Fellow Anglers,

Firstly, we would like to thank all our wellwishers for your kind words praising the work of the Angling Trust. We have responded to as many emails and social media messages as possible, but we have literally been overwhelmed by your response and apologise if you have not received a reply. Your messages have been much appreciated and your support has played a major part in helping the Angling Trust to get angling permitted in the first phase of the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Secondly, we would like to update anglers on some of the questions you have asked since angling returned on Wednesday.


Can I go night fishing?

Yes. Following the government statement of 13 May 2020 and the accompanying guidelines from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, fishing at night in England is currently permissible so long as social distancing rules are followed.


In ‘New Guidelines for Spending Time Outdoors’ it states:

“From today (13 May 2020) people in England can spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing rules. People and their households can relax in the park, sunbathe, go for a picnic and go fishing.”

Subsequent legal opinion obtained by the Angling Trust supports this and DCMS guidance as the legal basis for night fishing at the current time. Please make sure you have the permission of the fishery owner and hold any relevant Environment Agency rod licence.

You should adhere to Government advice on social distancing and hygiene at all times and we recommend that you follow the Angling Trust guidelines to keep yourself and others safe

Download and keep pdf guidance for night fishing


Why can’t we organise a fishing match?

As public gatherings/events are currently banned by the Government, competitions are not permitted as they would be in breach of legal requirements under COVID-19 legislation. This is legally enforceable and by holding competitions, fisheries and clubs risk fines for themselves and participating anglers. In addition, committing a criminal offence will invalidate insurance policies.

The Angling Trust will continue to press for competition fishing to be allowed in further easing of lockdown restrictions, provided it is safe to do so and fully compliant with Government guidelines on containing COVID-19.

Our club is a member of the Angling Trust. Is our insurance valid during the Covid-19 crisis?

We’ve been assured by our insurance providers that cover for all Angling Trust member clubs and fisheries remains fully in place during the pandemic, provided that clubs and fisheries are adhering to the Government guidelines and additional supporting guidance provided by the Angling Trust to its members concerning safety and social distancing.

Risk assessments must be carried out and risk management put in place around Covid-19 requirements. Risk assessments are key to evidencing that the risk is being assessed and managed and this is something that the Government has highlighted must be taking place. It is essential that member clubs and fisheries record and evidence that they are working to and controlling the social distancing measures expected by the Government.

It is also important to remember that should any member club or fishery act illegally, criminal actions would not be insured by the insurance policy. This includes breaking the Government lockdown restrictions and social distancing requirements.


I live in Wales. Can I go fishing?

Yes. Fishing in Wales is now permitted provided it is local and you can walk or cycle to your venue. Driving to go fishing is only permissible if you are registered disabled.

The Angling Trust will continue to lobby the Welsh Government and make clear that safe local driving is extremely important for all Welsh anglers and should be allowed, subject to the comprehensive guidelines we laid out in our When We Fish Again document, which has been adopted by the English Government.

The Natural Resources Wales website stipulates that anglers should:
• fish within your immediate locality without driving (unless you are registered disabled)
• follow social distancing guidelines
• follow the stay at home guidance from Welsh Government
• have a valid fishing rod licence
• adhere to fisheries byelaws including the close season
• have permission from the fishery owner
You should not travel to Wales from England for the purpose of angling.



Finally, you can find more guidelines on our dedicated Angling Support Hub which we are continually updating throughout the Covid-19 crisis.


We've also produced Phase One Guidance for Clubs and Fisheries on how to start fishing safely again for you to download.

With fair weather expected this weekend, anglers will be keen to get outside and cast a line. There is also likely to be more people travelling to beauty spots and nature sites, so please consider the following:
• Stay local if at all possible and help reduce traffic on the roads
• Check whether fisheries are open before travelling and check their payment method
• Observe social distancing at all times
• Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds every time
• Follow the Government guidelines and the Angling Trust's recommended guidance

Stay Safe, Stay Alert and Tight Lines!









The Angling Trust is the united national representative body for all angling in England and Wales. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. Joint membership packages with Fish Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and other categories. Please find out more.





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Edit: Watch this: A message to all anglers in England from Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO

 
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ukzero1

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Thanks for that. :upthumb:

Just tried to download the pdf about night fishing for the club members (some of them go night fishing) but get 404 error. Will try for it tomorrow.
 

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I’ve never been a member of the AT, but I’ve got to say I’m impressed with their effort to get us anglers back on the bank - to the point where I’ve signed up for a years membership.
 

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@Dave ....Thank you for the above....And as always, your/and our Mods efforts...(y)
 
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I haven’t been a member since the old NFA days but the effort and professionalism they have shown behind the scenes to get us back on the bank, I joined up today.
 

Dave

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I've just edited the initial post with a video message from Jamie Cook which every angler should take time out to watch
 

ukzero1

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With regard to the video. can't get any plainer than that. :upthumb:
 

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You’ve put up with a lot this week @Dave . You have a lot more patience with idiots than I have. My estimation of a couple of people has changed considerably over the last few days I must say. Keep up all the good work.
 

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Probably the clearest statement so far and certainly clears up the ambiguity in that pleasure anglers can use a keepnet if they so wish and the use being locally permitted. It is a great shame that the CEO of the governing body has the need to make such a statement.
 

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Lets just hope everyone does their bit on the bank side and the AT will have something positive to take to the negotiations when the next phase is being discussed. Keep up the good work. :):);)
 

gingert76

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so how long till we get a post from someone saying that they can fish a match as they are ensuring they are meeting the social distancing guidelines??? and the AT rules are not law!!!!

surprised they havnt posted yet! its clear as day but idiots will be idiots!
 

Dave

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Have you not been on the book of faces yet this morning :roflmao:?
 

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TBF it's quietened down a bit now, especially on the maggotdrowning page but still a few 'cretins' about :roflmao:
 

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Dave; gremlins are back and I cant open the video link.

You are doing a great job with this, well done.
 

gingert76

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it has thank god but certain people have surprised the hell out of me (and a few that proved what i thought) and its still sad to see how selfish people can be but i shouldn't be surprised.

TBF it's quietened down a bit now, especially on the maggotdrowning page but still a few 'cretins' about :roflmao:
 
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