Angling Trust recruits migrant anglers to encourage legal fishing
Two more Eastern European migrant anglers have been recruited by the Angling Trust to further encourage lawful angling in England.
Many migrant anglers come from cultures where coarse fish are regularly taken to eat and over the past 10 years some migrants, often unaware of UK laws and conservation-based angling culture, have continued this practice - causing tension amongst the angling community in England.
Avoiding such community division is one of the reasons why the Angling Trust's new Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, in partnership with the Environment Agency, has established this issue as a priority for angling. The Environment Agency has commissioned the Angling Trust to deliver the service, which is paid for by rod licence income.
Now Polish-speaking Patrycja Bury and Lithuanian-speaker Martynas Pranaitis will help to educate anglers on the 'catch and return' practice in this country, and encourage legal fishing as members of angling clubs or legitimately at commercial fisheries.
Their appointment as Project Officers continues the 'Building Bridges' work started five years ago by the Angling Trust, involving production of multi-lingual information leaflets, fishery protection signs, engagement with schools and communities, and integration events involving migrant and British anglers. Covering the whole of England, the Building Bridges team will be part of the Angling Trust's new Fisheries Enforcement Support Service.