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The Fishery Watch Newsletter is available for download from this site on 1st of every month, past editions may also be downloaded.
We keep all of our News channels up to date every minute of the day, everyday, so check back regularly and you can be sure that if Fishery Watch hear about it, you will also know about it.
No Excuse for the Environment Agency
Fishery Watch has received a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) that was made to the Environment Agency. We asked what the total income from Rod License fees in 2020, obviously because this financial year has not yet completed, we were sent 2018 to 2019, it was a staggering, £21,347,795 and we believe that there has been an increase in sales this year.
We think that the current of of responses over the lockdown periods from March 2020 to the present shows that the Environment Agency chose to ignore their duty of care to anglers and allow a massive spike in fishery crime to take place, through not attending incidents all over England. It is discusting, They have taken our money and abandoned us, when we need them the most.
Tooling up for 2021
Fishery Watch is asking for donations of Tools & Equipment to help us to equip out a Fishery Assistance Service, that we plan to launch in 2021. We are looking for tools and equipment that can used to equip a vehicle as a 24/7 response unit to assist fisheries & clubs.
We have had a Honda water pump donated to this project, but we need further equipment that could be used by this service, we need everything from power tools to weed cutter to shovels if it can be used in a fishery, then we need it.
Fishery Watch intends that this service will be provided Free of Charge, only out of pocket will be charged, and it will be vailable to any fishery at anytime.
Fishery Watch is expanding, we are looking for Volunteers to form a management committee to operate the National Water Keepers Association. This is your chance to really get involved with a genuine Not for Profit organisation that will value and respect you efforts, you will also have the opportunity of working to protect and support voluntary water keepers all over the United Kingdom.
The National Water Keepers Association (www.nwka.uk) is a trading name of UK Angling & Conservation Group Ltd.
Thomas Corrigan - Litter Sweep
Thomas conducted a litter sweep on the River Thames on Saturday 21st November 2020, he covered a great area and managed to collect in excess of 19 kilograms of rubbish. Items ranged from drug taking needles to general rubbish, but believe it or not he still had a larg amount of angling related waste also.
Fishery Watch is looking to team up with one of the nationwide litter campaigns in the near future, we will keep you all informed.
Fishery Watch has signed up to Keep Britain Tidy, we will be working closeley with them and sharing all the information we collect on our litter picking sessions around the country. Please report back to us any litter picking that you do in and around our waterways in order that the data about the amounts you collect can be reported back to Keep Britain Tidy.
We will also be putting a customised form in the members section for reporting your picks, times and amount gathered. Good Luck everyone.
Petition for investigation into Environment Agency
Fishery Watch is petitioning on behalf of all Anglers in the United Kingdom, to the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, who is the current Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. We are requesting that a full investigation be launched into the continued failings of the Fisheries Enforcement Department, they are putting the future of our sport at risk by the neglect of their statutary duty of care they have to us.
It is now time for Anglers to come together and fight for the future of our sport, please do not forget that we pay millions into this pot, we have the right to be protected by the people that have the power to do it, please sign our petition and help us get justice for angling. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
The National Water Keepers Association is a trading name of Fishery Watch, the representative body for Water Keepers, Club & Fishery Bailiffs, River Keepers. Please come and join this new organisation that has dedicated itself soley to fighting for the interests and rights of Water Keepers.
Membership is FREE and always will be, digital membership cards will be issued that can be printed if required. Simply go to www.nwka.uk and sign up, what have you got to lose, nothing but we assure you, you will have everything to gain, we will fight your corner.
Fishery Watch - Fighting Pollution all the way
The state of our rivers and streams, along with our oceans & seas in and around the United Kingdom is the most shameful thing that we MUST correct before it is to late. Fishery Watch has been working with some of the biggest non government organisation in the fight against pollution since our formation in 2019.
We ask all anglers and people who frequent our waterways and coastal areas to stay vigilant and report all incidents of POLLUTION to the appropriate authorities, but we also ask you to inform Fishery Watch on our hotline: 0333 011 5888 (24/7) in order that we can record it and make sure it is dealt with accordingly. Unlike some organisations Fishery Watch thrives on it's 100% independence, meaning we can challenge the people we need to in order to get incidents dealt with, as we are not in there pockets like some are.
Fishery Watch write to George Eustice MP
Fishery Watch has today (02/11/2020) written to the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The letter states the failures of the Environment Agency during the lockdown from 23rd March 2020 to 21st August 2020 and the appalling way they failed in there duty of care to angling. Fishery Watch applied for a Freedom of Information Request on 8th August asking how many reported incidents of Fishery Crime were reported in the whole of England, between these dates, and how many did the Environment Agency attend. The reply that came back was astonishing in the whole of England there were 2,924 reported incidents, of which they attended only 103.
We saw massive increases all over the country in fishery crime for this period of time, massive harm has been done to angling that may never be recovered, due to the poor way the Environment Agency failed in there duty of care to angling. We must remember that we paid into the Rod License in excess of £22m in the last twelve months. We must stand together and fight for the future of angling, we believe that anglers are getting a bad deal from the Environment Agency and we must make a stand, we will keep you all updated as things materialise. Please Click Here to download a copy of the letter sent by Fishery Watch, please also write in to Parliament and support us at the following address, Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Angling needs your help NOW as we are heading into a second lockdown.
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FREE 24 hour Patrol Control Room
Fishery Watch is in the process of setting up a FREE service to all clubs/fisheries & members that it believes is a first for Water Keepers all over England, a manned Control Room to support all affiliated Water Keepers 24 hours a day, everyday.
We are having custom software wrote to enable us to create Control Room to assist and protect Water Keepers when on patrols. We will monitor your patrols for you and be your point of contact in order to get you the assistance you require at times when you do not have the ability to call the authorities yourself, all you will have to do is book your patrol with Fishery Watch on 0333 011 5888 and we will man the Control Room by operators that have extensive knowledge of know your needs, we will stay on standby until your patrol is stood down and we now all is well.
This is another free service for Water Keepers in England, to assist in the fight against fishery crime, you will be able to communicate with a control room manned by professionals that are just waiting to assist you in every way, call us for more information.
Environment Agency Failures
Fishery Watch have been contacted by a lot of disheartened anglers, we are hearing more and more that anglers all over the country are feeling that the Environment Agency (EA) is failing in it’s duty of care to anglers, that it takes the license fee from. It has now got to the stage that groups are being formed all over the country to join forces to fight for angling’s future like has never been seen before.
These groups are prepared to do whatever takes to make the Environment Agency address these issues, Fishery Watch welcomes these groups, we are prepared to work with them in fighting the cause for anglings future. It will not be long before our rivers start to become baron of fish, we have offered our extensive range of resources free of charge to them, without them having to join Fishery Watch. We look forward to fighting these battles for angling as one united force. We all need to come together at fight this war as one voice. The general feeling is that the fisheries enforcement section is only interested in fines for anglers without rod licenses and nothing else. The amount of call-out failures since the lockdown has left an open door for poaching to reach epidemic proportions. Robert contacted today to say "if you ring up and report fish theft of any kind of coarse fish, they are not interested and you will not get a response, but if you ring up and report the netting of Salmon or Eels, they will be there for the glory".
It is now felt by anglers that they have to deal with things themselves, so these groups are looking at working with police rather than the EA, as the police have been very helpful all around the country recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile it is intended to petition the Environment Agency (EA) and if necessary to arrange demonstrations outside of Environment Agency offices to make things change. Fishery Watch has applied for information under the Freedom of Information Act, if it comes back with the answers we are expecting, then we feel it will horrify anglers, we will be making this information public when we receive it. Fishery Watch has recently formed a partnership with Carpers Against Poaching, we are now both working together, we will be starting to make some serious noise very soon, please support us.
COME AND JOIN US and lets all fight together and win this war for the future of Angling. Failure is NOT an option, if we fail angling as we know it will be gone forever.
The future of angling as a whole is hanging in the balance, unless we unite now, there will not be anything left for future generations, the downturn is on a massive scale. We now have organised crime gangs moving in on our sport, we need to legally fight back.
Angling Crime Intelligence Database
Fishery Watch is proud to announce the latest tool that is available to share intelligence live as it happens between Fisheries, Groups, Water Keepers, Club Bailiffs, River Keepers, Angling Clubs & law enforcement.
This service is provided by AC Intel, which is a trading name of Fishery Watch. Access to the database is completely FREE of Charge and it will be moderated 24 hours a day, please note that everybody will have to ad hear to some pretty strict rules to use this service. We must work within the law and things must be done according to the rules of the GDPR, it can also be used by waters to update other organisations about people they have banned from there fisheries/clubs and to forewarn other fisheries/clubs what to watch out for.
For further information please go to www.acintel.co.uk and use our online form to apply for access, please note that you will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, this could be the greatest tool that angling has in it’s arsenal to fight back against angling crime.
Fishery Watch has joined up with the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme in order to promote this very important project that is being accepted by a lot of anglers in order to help protect the environment we all enjoy when we fish.
When you visit this site and read up on the facts, it just shows that all anglers need to embrace this project, as I am sure they will. Please visit the Anglers national Line Recycling Scheme website and read it for yourself, simply Click Here or on the logo.
Fishery Watch being a department of UK Angling & Conservation Group Ltd is working hard to promote causes in angling that are environmentally friendly.