Along with climate change, the pollution in rivers, lakes and estuaries is having a catastrophic effect on plants and wildlife – and the biggest threat is in freshwater species. This is a big problem for anglers.
What is the Anglers Against Pollution Campaign?
Angling Trust has been uniting with the angling community to fight against pollution for over 70 years (since 1948) but as anglers, we see that the waters we fish are still in crisis, with water assessments becoming worse, not better. The British Government has repeatedly said that the UK wishes to be a world leader in conserving both the environment and biodiversity so Angling Trust has decided to take action with its new Anglers Against Pollution campaign which seeks to give anglers a voice in the fight for a better future for our environment.
The main cause of such decay in our waters is pollution; from agricultural runoff plastics chemical pesticides to raw sewage. Time is no longer a luxury so being a part of this campaign helps our environment, our fish and our sport to continue to thrive.
The main aims of the Anglers Against Pollution Campaign:
To ensure better monitoring of our waters
Proper enforcement of existing laws and regulations
Stricter punishments against polluters that discourages them from polluting again
A review of existing laws to help close loopholes.
How Anglers Can Get Involved in Angling Trust’s Campaign?
By signing the Angler’s Trust petition you help in calling on our current laws to be enforced and our water environment to get the protection it deserves. By joining Anglers Against Pollution petition, you will add your voice to our long-standing battle to hold the Government to account for our mission for healthier waterways. You can see more information on the petition and sign it here.
3) Wear the Anglers Against Pollution Merch
If you want to be bold in your support and perhaps encourage others to join the campaign, why not wear one of Angling Trust’s new items of clothing which displays the Anglers Against Pollution logo. Wear a t-shirt or hoodie along with your enamel pin that comes in your Supports Pack with pride. The T-shirts and hoodies are available through Angling Trust and again, all profits from sales will be used to support the Anglers Against Pollution campaign.
4) Become an Angling Trust Member
If you join the Angling Trust as a member, your membership fee is used as the crucial support and funding to assist the work of Angling Trust for this campaign. Additionally, the more members Angling Trust have, the louder their voice when demanding change to the appropriate bodies. See all membership information here.
Whether you choose to purchase one of the supports packs for just £4.99, to show support for the campaign or contribute a bit more with a t-shirt, hoodie or membership, all help towards the campaign.
You can find more information and updates on the Anglers Against Pollution Campaign on the Angling Trust Website.
As anglers we can be rightly proud that we have been on the frontline fighting against pollution, so get behind the Anglers Against Pollution campaign so you can help demand that our rivers, lakes, canals and seas are clean and healthy places, full of fish and abundant wildlife.
For other ways that you can help the Environment when Angling, read some of the following articles on the AD Blog: