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Nov 26,2007 SACN

Leading angling bodies have agreed in principle to establish a powerful new body to represent all anglers.

The boards of the Anglers’ Conservation Association, National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives, National Federation of Anglers, and Salmon and Trout Association have agreed to their Chairmen signing a letter of intent committing them to the development of the new body.

The full membership of each organisation will be consulted before final agreement.

The National Federation of Sea Anglers has been fully involved and will formally consider joining next Spring.

Other fisheries organisations will also be welcome.

The new body will build on the benefits the four organisations already deliver to their members and become a unified, powerful voice to protect fisheries, the sport they offer, and the environment on which they depend.

The development has been led by FACT, the Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust, which already acts as an umbrella body for angling. FACT Chairman Jim Glasspool said:

“This is a major step forward towards a unified organisation which will be able to provide an improved range of services to millions of anglers and be an effective voice for them.

Much remains to be done but there is an enthusiasm and commitment from everyone to achieve that goal.”

*** 27 Nov 07 ***

Sea angling welcomes freshwater initiative

The move by the four main UK freshwater recreational angling organisations to work together to create a single body representing their interests is strongly welcomed by the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA).

The NFSA has been involved in the early stages of the discussions but following a cut in funding from Sport England earlier this year is currently introducing a new subscription structure to ensure financial viability.

By spring next year our financial position will be clear and we will formally consider joining the new body after consulting our membership.

During the intervening period the NFSA representing sea angling interests, intends to work closely with the new body.

In the meantime the NFSA is seeking closer co-operation between the various specialist sea angling organisations and will continue to concentrate on RSA issues, particularly the critical need to conserve and rebuild fishstocks.


National Federation of Sea Anglers
Hamlyn House, Mardle Way, Buckfastleigh, Devon  TQ11 0NS

Development Officer:  David Rowe
Tel: 01364 644 643   Fax 01364 644 486  

e-mail: ho@nfsa.org.uk


Promoting and protecting the interests of sea anglers nationwide


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