Angling Trust has submitted a case to the DCMS and the Cabinet Office for the removal of the current travel restrictions for angling and a resumption in match and night fishing when the lockdown is eased.
Currently, angling is under the strictest conditions since the beginning of the pandemic, you can view the rules for anglers in Lockdown 3, here. Momently, angling is only permitted as part of 'daily exercise’ and can only take place ‘locally’.
“Our submission makes it crystal clear that when the time is right there is no reason why all disciplines of angling, including match fishing, angling at night and charter boat fishing, should not be up and running successfully.”
In Angling Trust’s appeal entitled Fishing out of Lockdown, they state:
“We need to move as quickly as possible to opening up safe outdoor recreation along the lines of last summer in order to deliver health, well-being, social and economic benefits. Our preference is for a national system but should the Government decide to retain a tiered system of restrictions the Angling Trust has appropriate guidelines in place to drive compliance.”
This was submitted to both the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Cabinet Office and the full document of Fishing out of Lockdown is available to download on the Angling Trust Website.
“We are hopeful that by setting out the case for angling in a measured and responsible manner which emphasises the multiple benefits in terms of individual health and mental wellbeing during these difficult times, Ministers will once again see us as part of the solution rather than the problem.”
The paper, Fishing out of Lockdown, also mentions the economic benefits of allowing the angling community some looser restrictions, stating that:
“The decision by Ministers not to place unnecessary restrictions on angling has undoubtedly protected the £4bn a year angling trade which supports up to 40,000 jobs in the UK. In fact, since May last year there has been a near 20% increase in rod licence sales, significant rises in angling club membership and a corresponding boost in sales of fishing tackle, outdoor clothing and ancillary products. This has been welcome news indeed at a time when many other businesses are facing financial ruin.”
“Angling has proven to be a real lifeline to people throughout this pandemic, so when restrictions start to lift I really see no reason why fishing shouldn’t be included and even encouraged.”
“Along with the low-risk factor of fishing, the benefits for the many include not only physical health improvements but more importantly vitality for mental health.”
“Recreational fishing has provided a valuable lifeline for many thousands of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds throughout this pandemic. It has been conducted safely and responsibly with strong guidelines in place covering every aspect of our sport. There are multiple benefits to be had in permitting a full return as soon as any restrictions can be lifted.”
Anglers are invited to register their support for the full resumption of fishing as set out in the Angling Trust submission. Register your support here.
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