bookmark_borderSupport Grows for Fish Welfare Fund

Support continues to grow for the Fish Welfare Fund following the
initial£20,000 contribution by Danny Fairbrass of Korda as announced at the SandownCarp Show in December.

The Tackle Box in Kent has committed to donate £100 per month – a £1200annual contribution, which has delighted Fund Trustees from both the EnglishCarp Heritage Organisation (ECHO) and The Specialist Anglers¹ Alliance (SAA),who launched the initiative.

Gary Peet of The Tackle Box said, “ I am delighted to be supporting such aworthwhile cause to help fund and fight for the future of angling in
thecorridors of power.”

FWF chairman of Trustees, Ruth Lockwood, who runs Yateley Angling and is chairman of ECHO, said: “We are equally delighted with The Tackle Box
donation.

A monthly donation is a great way to support the current and future interests of angling. If 50 more tackle traders invest just £100 a
month,the fund would swell by £60,000 and provide a huge boost to our efforts in monitoring and responding to proposed legislation by both EU and the British Governments, showing Government departments that the trade is with us,encouraging youngsters to participate, working within and without angling to promote the sport and encouraging anglers and fishery managers to take a responsible attitude to our fisheries.”

At the moment the FWF is busy responding to Defra on its plans to make koiherpes virus, KHV, notifiable and suggesting methods by which the
disease might be controlled in the future, speaking at conferences on KHV and fish health and helping to drive the unification of angling through FACT initiatives.

Getting Hooked: Get Hooked on Fishing, Angling and Youth Inclusion by Dr. Adam Brown

A new independent research report, released today by Substance, has highlighted the contribution that fishing can make in activity-based youth projects and programmes which target young people at risk.

The report, Getting Hooked: Get Hooked on Fishing, Angling and Youth Inclusion, by Dr. Adam Brown, focuses on one leading example – the Get Hooked on Fishing Charitable Trust. Angling, says the report, has most to offer when a developmental approach, such as that in the GHOF scheme, is placed at the heart of their programme of teaching young people to fish.

Released on the day of the Get Hooked On Fishing conference in Durham, the report suggests that angling, when tied to an educational, relationship-building approach, can help young people who may be underachieving at or excluded from school, at risk of crime or substance misuse, or causing ‘anti-social behaviour’.

The research, which began in 2005 and was part funded by the Countryside Agency and the Home Office, also says that angling can offer something different to mainstream sports in youth programmes and offers considerable potential as an educational tool.

The Executive Summary is attached to this press release.

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