Fishing blueprint for UK to be launched next month
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The much-anticipated National Angling Strategy, a blueprint for how angling in the UK is managed and funded, will be launched in London on Monday, June 24.
The new strategy has been developed by the Environment Agency (EA) in partnership with the angling community and will run from 2019 to 2024.
It sets out a path to develop and grow angling over that five-year period by attracting more people from a wider variety of backgrounds. It will highlight benefits including a better connection with the environment, improved health and well-being.
Research company, Substance. was commissioned to carry out the work and the strategy has been developed in partnership with a range of bodies working with the EA. These include the Angling Trust, environmental organisations such as River Trusts, the Institute of Fisheries Management, angling charities and the angling trade.
It covers both freshwater and sea fishing in England and Wales and is considered critical by an industry concerned with falling participation.
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, and Sarah Collins, CEO of Get Hooked on Fishing, will open the launch.