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News article created on 26 April 2017

New appointees confirmed for National Angling & Fisheries Advisory Group

This month, we are announcing new appointments to its National Angling & Fisheries Advisory Group (NAAG).

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The group is responsible for advising on our fisheries activities, as the we work to improve fishery conditions along the 2,000 miles of waterways it cares for.

Ian Trayer is replacing David Kent as chairman, although David will remain as a group member. Rod Bracey and John Johnson step down in July 2017, with Kye Jerrom and Andy Strickland replacing them.

The roles are three year terms. The NAAG meets three times a year and in the coming 12 months will be looking at how we can encourage a new generation of anglers through its Go Fish campaign; examining the issue of non-native invasive species on the waterways; and improving our environmental appraisal process to better serve both fisheries and angling clubs, among others.

John Ellis, our national fisheries and angling manager, said: "We’re delighted to welcome Ian, Kye and Andy to the group, they’ll bring a huge amount of experience and expertise. We also give a huge thanks to Rod and John, and to David for his chairmanship over the last six years. All three have been fundamental to how we’ve continued to improve our fisheries and ensure people can be introduced to angling, all over the country. We’ve got a lot of plans for the coming years and I’m looking forward to working with the NAAG to realise these."

  • Ian Trayer:  A lifelong angler who these days focusses on catching specimen fish both at home and abroad. Ian is a retired professor of biochemistry with a specific interest in water quality and molecular biology. He remains active at club level with Barnt Green Fisheries who manage the fishing at the Trust-owned Bittell Reservoir complex
  • Kye Jerrom: An Environment Agency fisheries technical specialist in the Anglian region, Kye has a wealth of knowledge of technical fisheries issues. A former level 2 angling coach, he remains an active match angling participant representing the Browning Hotrods team in the nation’s most prestigious angling events.
  • Andy Strickland: A former chartered accountant, Andy is secretary of the Prince Albert Angling Society, the UK’s largest fishing club. As well as having fisheries interests on various Trust canals and reservoirs, Andy manages a portfolio of over 200 fisheries from South Wales north to the Scottish borders. Through Andy, the society have carried out significant volunteering work on our fisheries.