Industry welcomes resumption of fishing in UK
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Fishing looks set to resume in the UK on Wednesday (May 13). Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, included the news in his announcement yesterday, saying that ‘unlimited outdoor sports’ could start again provided they are conducted alone or with members of the same household.
The Government has confirmed that ‘outdoor exercise, including angling, golf, water sports and tennis’ will be permitted, with social distancing rules applying at all times.
Government ministers had strongly hinted that angling could be among the first sports to benefit from a lifting of the lockdown and the move will be welcomed by the fishing community.
Well-known fishing figures have been among those on social media encouraging a return to fishing because it naturally complies with social distancing.
The Angling Trades Association and the Angling Trust have also been lobbying for a resumption of the sport, with more than 8,000 individual emails being sent to MPs and many articles appearing in the media urging a safe return.
“Our campaign was in support of a carefully thought through set of phased guidelines under which angling could be safely permitted without increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmissions,” said Angling Trust CEO, Jamie Cook. “Without these guidelines we would have got nowhere and it is now incumbent upon every angler to respect them and demonstrate that we are still playing our part in the nationwide battle against the Coronavirus.”
The Prime Minister is making a full statement to the House of Commons tomorrow when the Angling Trust says it will be seeking clarification about the reopening of tackle shops and any restriction on how angling should be practiced during the next phase.
“There is still work to do to get tackle shops open and to provide good advice to fisheries, guides and coaches, but it looks like we are there and it’s no longer a question of when we fish again but ‘where are we going fishing on Wednesday?’,” said Anglng Trust Policy Chief, Martin Salter.
Ali Hamidi, of Korda and Guru, said it was ‘incredible’ news for angling.