Black Bream Camapaign meeting January 21st 2014: Shoreham

This open meeting was arranged by the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region to allow anglers to discuss with the Sussex IFCA the management plans for Black Bream in the English Channel.

The Angling Trust is the representative body for game, coarse and sea anglers in England. Our members support the campaigns and legal action we carry out to protect fish stocks and our programmes to increase the number of anglers fishing for fun and in competitions. We're fighting for the future of YOUR fishing, but we need YOUR support to do more. If you want to protect your fish and fishing, for now and in future, join your representative body today.

The Angling Trust campaigns for:
Protection of angling
Increased government and EA support
Control of nuisance predators
Co-ordinated action on poaching and fish theft

The Angling Trust delivers:
More quality coaches from diverse backgrounds
Angling education programmes
Increased opportunities to participate in angling
National and international competitions
Support for angling club development

The Angling Trust fights:
Pollution, over-abstraction and litter
Declining marine and freshwater fish stocks
Commercial overfishing
Habitat Degradation
Damaging barrages and hydropower schemes
Poaching and fish theft
Spread of diseases and parasites
Access restrictions
Anti-angling campaigns

It was attended by 30 anglers with five Sussex Clubs, charter Skippers, Natural England, the RSPB and Sussex Wildife Trust represented. IFCA officials attended in force, a sign that they take us very seriously, this included Tim Dapling; Chief Fisheries Officer, Ian Jones; Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer, Erin Pettifer( MPA Officer), Charlie Hubbard (Marine Operations Manager) and Kathryn Nelson(Research Officer). Also present were Committee members Tony Delahunty, Audrey Jones, and Graham Furness.

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More details will be release shortly including information about the next phase and any further meetings held between the IFCA and anglers regarding Black Bream in the Channel this campaign has opnly just started and progress will take time.