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Angling heads meet new UK Fisheries Minister

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New Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, (centre), with (from left) James Champkin, (Angling Trust Campaigns Officer), Martin Salter, David Mitchell (Angling Trust Head of Marine) and Steve Murphy  (Director, Bluefin Tuna UK).

The UK Government’s new Fisheries Bill was high on the agenda when representatives of the Angling Trust met with recently-appointed Fisheries Minister Robert Goodwill last week.

The Trust, which represents anglers in England, is hopeful that recreational sea angling will be formally recognised in the bill for the first time and be eligible for grants that have previously only gone to the commercial sector.

Other items discussed included the campaign to establish a live release recreational bluefin tuna fishery, cormorant licensing and grant funding for sea anglers.

Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, took office in March following the resignation of George Eustice, prompted by the prospect of a delay in leaving the European Union.

At the time, the Trust expressed disappointment in the resignation ‘at a critical point for fisheries management in the UK.’

But after the recent meeting, Angling Trust Policy Chief Martin Salter expressed confidence that some of the promised wins for sea angling in particular will be delivered, irrespective of the latest government reshuffle.

“We are making plans for him to visit an angling project so he can see for himself what a fantastic benefit recreational fishing can be to local economies and to helping young people appreciate the natural environment,” said Salter.

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