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View in browser Coronavirus Update: A big Thank You to anglers for following Stay Safe, Stay Home advice Friday, 27th March 2020 The Angling Trust, alongside a number of other Sport England governing bodies, has been in contact with the Sports Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Minister thanked the sports sector for its united and professional response to minimising risk, saving lives and supporting our NHS. He stated that the guidance should be taken in the spirit it was delivered. Namely, to stay at home, stay safe and to avoid all but essential travel. He reaffirmed that now was not the time to be seeking loopholes and that the prescribed activities were clear - as a result those sports which were still advising activity have updated their policies not to participate and follow the government's guidelines. We have had thousands of visits to our dedicated COVID 19 information hub and the phone lines have not stopped ringing since we launched. The Angling Trust is here to support the entire community and will next week be delivering dedicated content alongside partners to help all anglers maintain the fishing habit and as much as possible bring the ethos of the sport we love into your homes. In recognition of the need to support both physical health and mental wellbeing, Sport England have launched their Join the Movement campaign and to support this the Angling Trust will be introducing further resources across the coming weeks. If anyone has content they would like to share please email notifications@anglingtrust.net I want to personally thank anglers, angling clubs and fisheries for taking strong I want to personally thank anglers, angling clubs and fisheries for taking strong and decisive action in the face of an unprecedented public health challenge. We have come together as a community and your support has been nothing short of fantastic. I understand the frustration - as I look out of the window I like to think I know where the fish would be on my favourite waters and what tactics I would use to trick them. Fortunately we anglers practice patience like very few others and this situation is simply more important. And it is that patience we have to show now by remaining strong and doing the right thing. I thank you for doing your bit in staying inside, saving lives and supporting our NHS. Jamie Cook Chief Executive Angling Trust The Angling Trust is the united national representative body for all angling in England and Wales. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. Joint membership packages with Fish Legal are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and other categories. Unsubscribe | View in browser | Terms and conditions

The Association

The Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, formerly the Ribble Fisheries Association, was founded in 1951, a year which saw the formation of the River Boards with responsibilities for flood defence, pollution control and fisheries.  A few years previously the Chief Inspector for Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries had suggested the setting up of fisheries Consultatives to represent the interests of fisheries within specified areas – usually river catchments.

In 1986 the Standing Conference of Consultatives was established under the auspices of the National Anglers’ Council (NAC), and this Association became a member.  In 1991 NAC was dissolved and two years later the Standing Conference became a self-supporting body known as the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC).  This now included Consultatives from all over the country and was for a time the most rapidly growing angling organisation.  

The demise of the over-arching Consutative framework meant that the collaboration with the E.A. was lost.  However, the formation of h Angling Trust as the national representative body for angling has in recent years re-established to some degree the national dialogue. Regrettably the former Lancashire Fisheries Consultative, which dealt mainly with coarse fishing issues and covered a large part of Cheshire, also ceased to exist.

Locally the RFCA continued and created excellent partnerships with the local E.A. and established links with the Angling Trust, the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK and the Hodder Consultative and the Calder Group; along with the Ribble Rivers Trust.  

Consultatives have no executive powers.  Rather, they work in a variety of ways to influence the “powers that be” in order to ensure that fisheries and angling are protected and developed.   Our objectives are summed up as follows:

“To safeguard and promote the interests of owners, lessees of fishing, and anglers, by developing sustainable fisheries and maximising the riverine environment through consultation with the environment Agency and other bodies with similar aims and objectives.”

As a body, we do not own any fishing, but our members are drawn from individuals, a large number of clubs, Associations, and riparian owners within the Ribble Catchment.

By working together we seek to achieve our objectives.  However, insufficient funding through “Grant in Aid” to the Environment Agency Fisheries function has made “self help” necessary.  Without it our fisheries would be very seriously under threat.  All anglers have an obligation to help in any way they can in order to ensure the long-term future of angling.