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Angling Trust efforts to save fishing during English lockdown falls on deaf ears

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Despite lobbying the Government at the highest level, the Angling Trust – the body that represents anglers in England – has failed in its attempt to prevent a ban on fishing following the introduction of a national lockdown this week.

As the ban came into effect, the Angling Trust’s CEO, Jamie Cook (pictured), revealed that the organisation has been in communication with the Government. He said: “We presented a strong case on how fishing could continue safely during the third national lockdown. We have explained that fishing benefits physical health and mental welfare and that it is regularly the only form of activity individuals undertake.

“My team and I have consistently presented the arguments ahead of the changing Government guidelines, which have allowed fishing to remain permitted continuously since the first national lockdown was lifted in May. We have been successful when other sports have not as all anglers will know.

“However, with 60,000 new infections announced yesterday, the Government has taken the decision that leaving home for recreation or leisure, including all forms of angling, should be prohibited during this third national lockdown period. While this is disappointing news I would ask anglers and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place – to help save lives and support the NHS.

“Individuals should not go fishing and clubs and fisheries should close their waters. We will be publishing more detailed guidance on specific areas like bailiffing and fishery maintenance once the Government regulations have been examined.”

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