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Organiser predicts ‘best-ever’ National Fishing Month despite funding cut

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Despite having its funding halved, the UK’s National Fishing Month is set to be the best ever, according to Naidre Werner, Chair of the organiser, the Angling Trades Association.

A reduction in funding for the UK’s National Fishing Month (NFM) will not impact on the annual initiative, insists the organiser.

The grant from the Environment Agency, which is allocated through the Angling Trust, has been halved, but the Angling Trades Association (ATA), the industry body that co-ordinates the event, has covered the shortfall from other sources.

“There will be no negative effect on NFM. In fact, we are planning for the biggest and best one ever,” said ATA Chair, Naidre Werner. “NFM is the highest profile event for angling and the industry, bringing in lots of new people to the sport every year.”

This year’s NFM will take place from July 27 to September 2, marking its 26th year. Launched to grow participation in fishing, it is credited with attracting hundreds of thousands of people to the sport.

“It receives considerable media coverage and puts fishing right in the national spotlight,” said Werner.  “We get good support from the tackle industry, but can never get too much. Any businesses willing to donate products for participant goody bags or for our coaching sessions should contact me at

Organisers of NFM events are encouraged to plan them as early as possible and post them online at This will enable the NFM team to promote the events and help maximise attendance numbers.

Anyone not already registered as an NFM organiser, but who would like to become one, can use this link:


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