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You are invited to attend the Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association Annual General meeting. This will be held on Monday 8th April 2012 at 18:00.
The venue will be the River Laboratory
Freshwater Biological Association
Dorset, BH20 6BB
Our guest speaker will be Yorkshire maestro Stuart Crofts, Stuart is a legend as both a flyfisherman and entomologist, this is a must attend evening for any flyfisher person! More on Stuart……
The cost of the evening will be £10.00 per person to include a buffet supper and a glass of wine, further wine may be purchased for a small donation.
If you wish to attend please reply ASAP to
t: 01305 851776
Cheques should be made payable to The Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association.
A very interesting read from Stuart Crofts, a fly fishing guide and invertebrate expert with the Riverfly Partnership, on how anglers and all water users need to act now and take biosecurity measures on board to prevent further spread of invasive species in our freshwater environment. He has put a lot of effort into liaising with several different organisations and indivduals to present this very clear and useful report.
There are several messages for anglers/ghillies/angling associations to take away from this report and a clear and concise set of recommendations that should be taken up by these different groups. The steps required to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful invasive species are not difficult, in fact they are really very simple and these recommendations highlight this.
“Anglers, like most groups, hate change but we must do so and lead by example if we are to protect our much loved sport and the waters we fish. Hopefully, with time, biosecurity will just become part of the culture and be as common place as washing your hands before handling food or putting on a seat belt before driving.
Think carefully on what can be done, but doing nothing should not be an option.” – Stuart Croft
To read Stuarts Full article please follow this link http://www.riverflies.org/sites/172.16.0.99.riverflies.local/files/Biosecurity%20-%20Stuart%20Crofts%20report%20November%202012.pdf
Angling bodies have been getting increasingly concerned at the conduct of the British Canoe Union(BCU) and Canoe England (CE) who are encouraging canoeists to defy the law and trample over anglers rights. They have been promoting a ‘Right to Paddle’ campaign for several years and simply refuse to acknowledge the existence of limitations on navigation in civil law. Both organisation promote canoeing guides and events which encourage canoeing on rivers where no lawful right of navigation exists. Organised trespasses are becoming all the more commonplace and are promoted through the ‘independent’ website ‘Song of the Paddle’ www.songofthepaddle.co.uk which promotes what they call ‘open canoeing’.
The Angling Trust recently sort clarification on the canoeists demands from Fisheries and Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The minister strongly rebutted the notion of an automatic ‘right to paddle’ up every stream, brook and river in the country regardless of the impact on either the environment or other river users. Richard Benyon made it clear in an interview for the Angling Trust members magazine The Angle that there will be no legal right to paddle without the riparian owners permission. The previous Labour government was clear on this and the policy of voluntary access agreements only has now been re-affirmed by the Coalition government.
Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter said:
” The Angling Trust has been challenging the claims being made by militant canoeists that they should have a right paddle up every river, stream or brook in Britain irrespective of ownership or the impact this has on wildlife or other people’s enjoyment. The rights of navigation are clear in law and there are thousands of miles of navigable rivers and waterways to which canoeists have legal access. We also have well worked voluntary access agreements in place which allow canoeing on some rivers such as the Dart and the upper Wye at times of high water when fishing will not be affected.
Because the BCU is refusing to recognise the law of the land it is pulling out of these voluntary access agreements claiming they are now unnecessary.The rejection of a ‘right to paddle’ by Richard Benyon is most welcome and we call upon the organisations that represent canoeists to recognise the law of the land and that it is not going to be changed in their favour anytime soon.
Continued authorised tresspasses by the BCU could put funding for their sport in jeopardy which would be a shame as there is plenty of water out there for everyone to share provided that people agree to operate within the law and do not think that they can trample over the rights of anglers and others. ”
more info: Martin Salter 07976 946033
Notes: Text of Benyon interview on canoeists
1. Will you rule out a statutory ‘right to paddle’ for canoeists?
I want to be really clear about this. While we want more people to get out and enjoy activities in the countryside they must be complimentary. There are plenty of places to canoe where it is appropriate and others where it is not. There will be no change to our policy of supporting voluntary access agreements as the only way forward. Anglers and fishery owners spend a lot of time and money caring for our rivers and streams and their rights deserve to be respected