Anglers are bound by variety of rules and regulations, the benefits of which may not always be clear. It can be frustrating when you believe that there should be changes to the rules and you lack any authority to influence the powers that be – in the case of angling, primarily the
Environment Agency. But we have great news!
Anglers are being given a chance to shape the future of their sport by participating in the new National Angling survey.
Make your opinion count
The Environment Agency will be seeking the opinions of both current and lapsed rod licence holders via a simple online questionnaire. This will constitute the largest survey of anglers since 2002 when over 300,000 anglers took part and helped to inspire the changes they were looking for.
The 2002 survey led to the creation of free rod licences for junior anglers together with a 365-day permit and a carp licence which permitted anglers to use three carp rods on one licence. The Environment agency have said that they continue to value the opinions of anglers and would like to invite them to help shape the new National Angling Strategy. This will be delivered through various partnerships in the angling community with the aim of enhancing the sport.
The new survey will be run on behalf of the Environment Agency by the study group Substance. It will be open to both freshwater and sea anglers. The results will be published via partner organisations including The Angling Trust. Naturally, we will be looking out for the results and will bring you a summary of them right here at Fishing Bait World.
If you would like your voice to be heard, now is your time!
The survey will form the basis of the research required to create a new National Angling Strategy for 2019-2024. This will encompass many aspects of angling including:
• Encouraging more people to take part
• Ensuring that angling better contributes to society
• The governance and funding of angling
• The development of both freshwater and sea angling
• Ensuring that angling helps fisheries to be more sustainable
Consultation and change
In addition to the survey, consultation will be conducted with angling and environmental bodies. This follows the Angling Trust’s Future Angling conference which was held on November 17th. The conference provided a forum in which to collect the opinions of anglers together with those of clubs, fisheries, trade and tackle shops.
Substance are keen that as many anglers as possible take the National Angling Survey to record their views and experiences. Anglers will have a say in how the sport should be developed and who should be responsible for what.
Interested? Keep an eye on the Substance and Angling Trust websites where you will soon find links to the survey. If you don’t take part, you will be passing up one of the few opportunities that you may have to truly make a difference to the future of Angling. Why would you do that?