We are entering the final period of the Social and Community Benefits of Angling research project. The project runs for 3 year and has been collecting vital evidence about the benefits of angling for participants, young people and local communities. It is funded by the Big Lottery and run by Substance, a research cooperative. www.anglingresearch.org.uk
On the 7th of April I interviewed Stirling Council Fishery Manager David Jones. The Council is one of the few local authorities in Scotland to manage salmon fishing rights on a local river. Below is a summary of our conversation.
July saw the launch of the first Get Hooked On Fishing (GHOF) project in Wales. The GHOF Flintshire project is being delivered by Allan Ellis as part of the Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (FNWA) ‘Y Factor’ Youth Engagement Scheme.
County Angling Action Groups (CAAGs)- what role will they play in developing young people's opportunities?Submitted by Natalie on Fri, 02/07/2010 - 14:26
One of the key features of the Angling Development Board’s development strategy is the introduction of County Angling Action Groups (CAAGs). But what is it that they do? And what impact are the likely to have on developing young people’s angling opportunities?
I decided to visit two CAAGs to find out what was involved.
What does angling participation mean to someone with a physical or mental health impairment?
Could angling participation be linked to cleaner rivers in the UK?
CAST project in Nottingham is part of the Future Newstead community group that has just been chosen to take part in Village SOS. They competed with communities across the UK to gain funds to transform an old spoil heap created by the former colliery into a sustainable, eco-sensitive Country Park that will improve local quality of life. Central to the plans will be the development of a fishing venue and education centre.
One of the more interesting issues to emerge from our angler survey concerned sea angling; in particular, the view that the fishing effort of commercial (industrial) fishing trawlers in UK waters has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on both the fish stocks targetted by recreational anglers, and the overall quality of the recreational sea angling experience.
Today's young anglers will grow up to be the key consumers of tomorrow, so how is the tackle industry investing in young people’s angling engagement?
Friday 11th was a big day for the Angling Research team. We published our first Interim Reports, the culmination of just over six months of research covering our three themes of Participation, Young People and Rural Areas. They are now available on our website and we would love to hear what you think. There’s space to comment in the forums or contact us direct.
In August, I visited a project working in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and across the Scottish Borders. Chris Bowman and Clive Mitchelhill have been delivering fishing experiences for young people in the area for the last 12 years, and in 2005 went on to set up Borderlines as a not for profit company.
I have been spending much of my Saturdays visiting the junior fishing matches being held at Charlton pond over the summer. GHOF Dave Munt was involved in the clean up of the original pond that has made it into the accessible, young people friendly community hub that it is now.
By way of immersion, I spent the weekend of 18th and 19th of July at the Go Fishing Show at Cudmode Fisheries. It offered me the opportunity to spend time with the GHOF team providing 20 minute coaching sessions to young people, but also to meet many more people involved in angling and find out about coarse fishing (something I was completely new to).
Along with my fellow angling researcher Natalie, I recently attended several events organised for National Fishing Week, including several aimed specifically at young people. I’m guessing Nat will tell you about her experiences in her own blog.