Chairman Tony Bird Quoted in Financial Times

Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers.

Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers.

The Salmon & Trout Association will discuss your views with Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive of the EA, in early February 2004.

Voice your views by filling out this questionnaire! Return to louise1@salmon-trout.org or by post to the Salmon & Trout Association Fishmonger’s Hall London Bridge E34R 9EL, or by fax to 020 7626 5137by the 16th January 2004.

The Minister of Fisheries, Ben Bradshaw, the head of Defra, Richard Cowan and the Environment Agency RFERAC (Regional Fisheries, Ecology, & Recreation Advisory Committee) Chairmen expressed interest in the questionnaire developed by Salmon & Trout Association member John Slader.

The timing of the Questionnaire is excellent because the EA is reviewing how well they are functioning post the BRITE (the EA’s 2002 reorganisation). Also, Barbara Young wants to know how the Environment Agency is and is not serving the needs of fishery interests. The best people to provide that information are those who fish!

Views on the EA’s structure and functioning are needed from outside the Agency. It is important for game angling to have its say and for that voice to be strong. The results of the questionnaire can influence the importance and the budget that game angling interests get within the EA. And that means the EA could provide more support for education, work to develop better fisheries and pay more attention to fish stocks.

The questionnaire is endorsed by the Moran Committee, which represents the interests of all the main fishing and angling organizations in England and Wales, as well as the National Angling Alliance (NAA), which comprises the main angling organizations in England and Wales. All the main angling and fishing organizations are sending the questionnaire out to members, clubs, branches, regional representatives, and riparian owners.

It is important fishery interests are given the value that they deserve. The Environment Agency has a statutory role to promote angling. We need to ensure that anglers have a strong voice within the EA.

The more responses we receive the better! Please encourage others to complete the questionnaire. Return it electronically to louise1@salmon-trout.org or by post to the Salmon & Trout Association, Fishmonger’s Hall, London Bridge, E34R 9EL, or by fax to 020 7626 5137. Return date the 16th January, 2004.