Research Comment 1

There is a growing concern about the vulnerability of anglers fishing on their own, especially from retired anglers. We need to learn to accommodate and provide for Eastern European requirements in terms of styles of fishing and taking coarse fish for the table. Having recently returned to coarse fishing from 20 years fly fishing there is an unhealthy obsession with carp fishing. Most articles in the leading angling press are unhelpful rubbish. Far too much knowledge and jargon is assumed.

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Research Comment 2

Angling in the UK needs to be properly marketed in order to attract more women & young people into the sport. In recent times it has become too focussed on specialisation, such as the catching of specimen fish or match angling, both of which are very male orientated. There is not enough focus on culture & lifestyle. Some TV programmes are now concentrating more on the adventurous & healthy outdoor aspects of angling which is a very good thing. However our mainstream angling publications still seem far too focussed on rigs, baits etc.

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Research Comment 3

Sustainable fishing is very important

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Research Comment 4

I primarily fish the firth of Clyde area, recent years have proved very difficult with very few sizeable fish to show for all my efforts. The commercial fisherman have systematically destroyed the Clyde moving down the food chain as they go. They are now intending to 'dredge' for brown shrimp (a very destructive form of fishing) which is the last commercial species left to them as they have destroyed all the other fish stocks rendering them commercially extinct and in some cases biologically extinct.

Research Comment 5

IF YOU USE THREE RODS YOU PAY FOR THREE RODS NOT FOR FOUR .

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Research Comment 6

Facilities for anglers at popular venues should be improved Toilets and litter bins would help as would Parking facilities that are affordable some venues charge anglers excessively for parking over a few hours which is unfair when the money they are putting into the local economy is very substantial.

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Research Comment 7

Improve water conditions. Educate children and ethnic minorities to put fish back.

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Research Comment 8

Feel saddened about the diminishing stocks of wild salmon and sea trout in Scotland. Fished Loch Arienas near Mull for many years catching many quality salmon and sea trout. A fish farm was set up in the loch and within 2 years the wild fish numbers dwindled to almost nil and have never returned. Spoke to estate manager who commented that their income averaged 10k from fishing but 25k from fish farm ! Would be nice to see more people caring for the environment.

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Research Comment 9

although some stocks of fish are recovering others are being decimated because of catch restrictions on other species so I'd like to see a land all you catch quota`s for trawlers and netters with massive reductions until all species have been allowed to recover in our waters. Also the so called golden mile must be imposed to reduce pressure on stocks. Basically CONSERVATION is the only calling or my pastime will DIE.

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Research Comment 10

people will only participate in angling (like myself) if the fish are there, at present my type of angling ,predominately sea trout fishing is becoming so difficult due to lack of fish now returning to our rivers. Less than ten years ago all seemed so well but the sea trout is fast becoming a rare commodity, on my river it has gone from one of the best sea trout fisheries in the UK to absolutely abysmal in no but a few years. WHY? Something needs to be done fast otherwise a beautiful species of fish will become a memory.

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Research Comment 11

Angling can help people, but widening access inevitably erodes one of the most attractive things about it; being different, and discovering things for yourself. It's a difficult balance to strike, and any investment would have to be careful not to undermine the very core of what angling has to offer in terms of personal benefits.

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Research Comment 12

I think its surprising that with the amount of people who are interested in all types of fishing that the media papers and television have not realised the importance of the potential market. The industry needs to stand behind their new national body and I think collectively they could have a lot more influence on the future growth and development of the sport and its environment

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Research Comment 13

there should be a major push to get as many young people as possible involved in fishing, but until the stocks are improved there are to many blank sessions to keep youngsters interested, a days fishing is better than a days hanging around with their mates being bored and getting into trouble.

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Research Comment 14

I would like to see more tangible results from the EA for the money they get from licences. The continued inactivity around the farce that is the Tees Barrage is one such example.

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Research Comment 15

It is an important part of the way of life in this country and should not be interfered with by politicians and other bodies that do not participate. In other words angling should be controlled by anglers (fat chance). There should be more control over the license fee paid to the ever expanding bureaucracy of the Environment Agency. Do you realise how many e.g. press officers it employs at large salaries? Our money could be better spent.

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Research Comment 16

Lots of sea anglers have given up the sport because of stock levels. If the sea were managed like in Norway and Iceland and trawlers were not allowed to return dead fish to the sea then the sport would surge ahead. Ban all trawling within a mile of the coast and strictly manage and licence all gill nets.

Research Comment 17

Where I live we have several small and medium rivers where fish stocks are now very low due to predators not only pike perch and large numbers of zanders but from other species like cormorants and mink, fish like dace roach and chub are now very rarely caught, a cull of the predators should be taken into consideration and a full restocking program to follow.

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Research Comment 18

Anglers are real people who go angling to escape from the every day hum drum of life. The people are angling and the way angling politics are going they are already alienating anglers...Give it back to the people and stop meddling, empire building, fleecing the goose that lays the golden egg....Abolish Angling Trust!!!!!

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Research Comment 19

I have an idea how to make things easier to look after our rivers and our lakes! And it doesn't cost a penny, if some one would like to ring me I will tell them what it is? We have some fantastic waters all over the country, there's not a lot wrong with any of them, The biggest problem we have are immigrants (eastern Europeans)and cormorants, they both eat loads of our fish!

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Research Comment 20

I feel the people who do abuse are waterways and environment are dealt with far too leniently. And it's far too easy to condemn anglers for issues that we try to resolve. That is why I believe in the angling trust any why not just anglers all of us need to stand together to protect are environment. ARE way of life.

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Research Comment 21

There is an obvious conflict here. It is a benefit that angling gets a bigger lobby behind it and to that extent, numbers of participants matter. But the more game anglers there are in a crowded island the poorer the fishing experience on game rivers/lakes. I don`t mind if put and take game fisheries get crowded as I don`t fish them. If people want to go to commercial carp fisheries, all the better for those of us that would never use them. Increased participation in angling is not an unalloyed good.

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Research Comment 22

Angling is not just about catching fish. It improves your knowledge as to how fish live and breed and what they feed upon. It gets you out into the country side and teaches appreciation of Mother Nature.

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Research Comment 23

The emphasis on an umbrella organisation such as Angling Trust should be prominent in Defra's future plans, to establish a 'direct' conduit to the angling community, to develop a stronger connection between Govt. and angling. Through the procurement of the licence fee AT will be a leading stakeholder among conservation groups.

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Research Comment 24

I'm certain that taking up fishing as a boy stopped me becoming a yob; there should be much more encouragement and opportunity for young kids today to get into, and succeed at being an angler.

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Research Comment 25

Rainbow trout fisheries who stock stub-finned paraplegic trout, should be reported to the RSPCA for cruelty to animals as should the trout supplier. A de-minimise stocking/rearing of trout per-acre should be set for both fisheries and fish-farms, high density rearing of trout should be banned to ensure the animals have a healthy life before being presented to either a stocked fishery or a restaurant table. The Crown Commissioners should re-evaluate their strategy in terms of who they allocate migratory (Salmon, Sea-Trout) permissions to.

Research Comment 26

More fishing centres are needed, that are family friendly and fully accessible for disabled anglers. introduction to angling days should be held at venues that are managed with good basic facilities, people will then be able to return to that fishery for further coaching and or advice in angling

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Research Comment 27

stronger support from central government to ensure fish stocks of wild game fish

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Research Comment 28

I believe there should be at least a two mile exclusion zone around ALL the UK's shores to prevent commercial trawlers, longliners and the likes to fish close in. This will protect the nursery areas for fish to breed and prosper and improve the overall fishing experience. I also believe there should be on the spot fines for irresponsible anglers who see fit to dump there rubbish on our shores and over the side of there boats !

Research Comment 29

Stop all inshore fishing inside two miles ,make landing sites bigger i.e. bass

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Research Comment 30

Angling is a good sport, you can put as much or little into it and still have an enjoyable time. With a little improvement quite a few places could be a lot more accessible to anglers with low mobility. Angling is a sport that can get people out and about without them realising that they are taking exercise.

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Research Comment 31

I would like to see more of the manufacturers of fishing equipment taking an interest in the groups that represent sea anglers, by providing funding . This would help our organisations fight for an improved fish management system and hopefully reduce the amount of commercial over fishing.

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Research Comment 32

We should do more to protect our traditional fish stocks.

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Research Comment 33

Angling in all formats must be made more readily available to people as many people are unaware of what fishing involves and the beauty our countryside has to offer. There should be more publicity for getting people and the next generation interested in fishing and schemes set up by the government to take young children off the streets and make their time productive not criminal. The environment and our fish stocks must be upheld and improved and this can be achieved if more people are made aware of these issues and have a noted interest in them.

Research Comment 34

It is very important to change established fishing methods to allow for real conservation.

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Research Comment 35

I am a police officer in Cheltenham. I have just started an angling club (with others) to introduce young people to angling. In particular we try and attract youngsters who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. The results we have seen thus far are very encouraging. These kids love the one to one they get with the mentors and for a few hours they change persona in a very positive way.

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Research Comment 36

I have been angling for the best part of my life, it was something I personally wanted. I fished in rivers and gravel pits when I lived inland and when older and could drive I took up sea angling .I eventually moved to the coast and fished most weekends when available and not working. It fully absorbs your spare time because I am constantly watching the weather for bait collection and fishing opportunities, then talking to angling friends on where they have fished and what has been caught, when fishing is not available I attend boat jumbles and go to boat shows.

Research Comment 37

the national trust should not be allowed to restrict angling activities, where there was angling allowed before they were given the land and houses, as they are called the national trust so they are looking after the houses and land for every bodies enjoyment not restrictive enjoyment. They can charge the anglers for the right to fish and cross the land to access the rivers, canals and lakes. Also there should be better facilities on river banks e.g.

Research Comment 38

It is a great way to teach people, through direct experience, about the beauty of nature and also how that arises and needs protection - i.e.. an excellent environmental education device

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Research Comment 39

there has been talk of catch limits/ sea licences etc etc and I have no problem with any as long as it is fair; i.e. if the average angler catches say 200 fish a year and is expected to pay £20 for that privilege then trawler owners should expect to pay similar (including discards - all dead fish)200 000 fish = £20000 licence catch limits should not be based around a collective pot but rather each licence holder is awarded a limit for each species. this would stop for example trawlers catching the entire limit before the cod have even appeared on the beaches.

Research Comment 40

1. I would expect free fishing for under 16's, especially on canals and rivers, and much 2. The canals are a public amenity, not for a closed shop for rich clubs who rarely use the facility. More free fishing or easier access to fishing on canals and rivers 3. The cost of a rod licence is a big barrier for people to start fishing. Why so expensive? 4. It is education of some ethnic groups that coarse fishing is for pleasure not for food for the table that is important.