Local MP Bill Wiggin has signed up to become a Parliamentary Supporter of the Angling Trust, whose headquarters are in Leominster.

Bill Wiggin, who has spoken in the House of Commons and tabled Parliamentary Early Day Motions to support angling and the Angling Trust said:

“I am proud to support the Angling Trust and all of the tremendous work they do to promote angling and the environment. Angling is the country’s largest participation sport and enjoyed by many people across Herefordshire.

“It is fantastic news for our County that the Angling Trust have their headquarters in Leominster because in Herefordshire we have some of the finest locations for fishing in the world, such as the River Wye.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said:

“We are very grateful to Bill Wiggin for agreeing to support the Angling Trust. Millions of anglers in England need a listening ear in Parliament to hear their concerns about pollution, over-abstraction, commercial over-fishing at sea, access restrictions and a host of other issues which affect the quality of their sport. We look forward to working closely with Bill to ensure that the anglers’ voice is heard.”

The Trust was formed in January 2009 by a merger of six angling bodies and has since recruited 13,500 individuals and more than 1,300 clubs to membership. The new organisation has been confirmed as the National Governing Body for all angling. It is responsible for representing the nation’s 3.5 million anglers who contribute more than £3 billion to the UK economy and carry out millions of pounds worth of environmental improvements every year.

Angling is more popular than ever, with freshwater rod licence sales soaring last year to 1.5 million from 1.3 million in the previous year. The Trust is aiming to sustain and continue this growth and ensure that there are plenty of fish to catch and safe and clean places for people of all ages to catch them.

The organisation also manages the England angling teams, who represent their country in all disciplines at international competitions. England leads the world in angling success and the formation of the new single representative body has been seen as a positive move for the competition side of the sport as well.

NOTES FOR EDITORS ABOUT THE ANGLING TRUST

The Angling Trust is now the single organisation representing all game, coarse and sea anglers in England. We lobby government, campaign on environmental and angling issues and run national and international angling competitions. We fight pollution, commercial over-fishing at sea, over-abstraction, poaching, unlawful navigation, local bans and a host of other threats to angling. The Angling Trust has been formed from an historic merger of six angling and conservation organisations in January 2009. Other bodies, including the Angling Development Board, will merge with the Angling Trust in 2009.

THE ANGLING TRUST

• Promotes the benefits of angling for the environment and individuals
• Supports angling and angling interests
• Campaigns for anglers and the environment
• Protects our waterways and marine environment
• Lobbies government and agencies on behalf of angling interests
• Delivers real benefits for anglers in the UK
For further information about The Angling Trust go to www.anglingtrust.net or phone 0844 7700616

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