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16 June 2017
The link between fisheries and the social history of people around the planet is an ongoing feature of mankind’s time on the planet. Some of these communities, such as the fishermen of the Sea of Galilea have gone on to change the face of history. This country too has had its fair share of fishing history, much of which was probably never formally recorded.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
9 June 2017
Someone referred to me as our veteran fisheries manager the other day. I didn’t know whether to treat it as something of a compliment or call up my lawyer. Then it struck me, maybe I am a member of the veterans’ club. After all, it won’t be too long before the Angling Trust will permit me to enter the veterans’ national.
2 June 2017
In his latest article, John Ellis recounts the remarkable achievements of Long Eaton’s David Kent.
26 May 2017
Customer information for the upcoming Angling Trust Division One National Championships. In his latest blog, national fisheries and angling manager, John Ellis, outlines what the public can expect on the big day along with a few suggestions to help make the day go smoothly for all concerned.
25 May 2017
This guest blog is brought to you by Tom Legge, freelance angling journalist and Angler’s Mail contributor since 1988.
10 May 2017
This update article is brought courtesy of Dave Watkins, joint event organiser of the upcoming Angling Trust Division One National. Information for all those anglers and team wishing to take part.
9 May 2017
Thirty years have flown by since David Bird was famously elected as president of the National Federation of Anglers (NFA) in 1987. Our younger readers might not have heard of either David or the NFA. Like any volunteer who gets involved in angling administration, it all starts off with an initial love of the sport and a desire to put something back. For David, that initial love was the competitive side of the sport.
3 May 2017
I’ve lost count of the exact number of blogs I have compiled in the past two years or so, but it’s certainly over 50, pretty much all of them fisheries related. I have been patiently waiting for the opportunity to put pen to paper extolling the virtues of another of my great passions; the production of vegetables both for eating and for displaying on the show bench.
The team undertake a diverse range of work including looking after the Trust's £40 million worth of fish stocks, managing agreements with over 250 different angling clubs and helping more people, especially youngsters, take up angling on the canal. Follow this blog to keep updated with the thoughts and work of the team.