Maggot Times - November 2001








- The Environmental Agency and British Waterways are at loggerheads over dredging which anglers have said, will ruin South Yorkshire's much improved River Don.
British Waterways are using a controversial water-injection dredging method on December 17th. A very powerful water jet will stir up the silt and send it downstream, but there are real fears for fish losses.
An EA spokesman said "Spreading the silt down the river like this could adversely affect the thriving Don fishery. We have no direct power to control how BW works."
BW spokesman, Patrick Thornber stood firm, "We feel strongly this is the best way to deal with it. We have a statutory obligation to clear the silt for commercial boats. A lot of steel is moved and if they can't get through then it hits the local economy."
But Kilnhurst AA Chairman Martin Read has fumed "You can't tell me shifting 50,000 cubic metres of silt down river won't do any harm."

- Angling has won it's biggest ever slice of the National Lottery loot. Top Surrey club, Godalming AS, received a bumper 354,844 cheque! The Sport England Lottery grant will fund a 600,379 angling teaching centre and lakes with top notch disabled facilities at Marsh Farm, Milford.
Secretary Malcolm Richardson said: "This is a landmark development for angling in this country. It will benefit the local community and in particular local schools, who will be encouraged to use Marsh Farm for environmental studies."
"Sport England, through the success of our bid, show they recognise the important position angling holds in sport, leisure and environmental activities," he added.
The project will provide 100 pegs, enough to hold National and International Disabled Championships.

- Two Tone is recognised as new record UK Carp. 
Following confirmation by Weights and Measures that Gary Bayes scales were 100% accurate, Two Tone, the Mid-Kent Fisheries Carp, has been listed as the new record at the weight of 61lb 0oz. 
Initially it was reported that the 'on the bank weight', was 61lb 2oz, as the scales were quivering between 61lb and 61lb 4oz. The British Record Fish committee cannot accept an estimated weight so Gary decided that is was best to submit 61lb as the fish was definitely above this weight.

- Following countless discussions this year regarding the cost of a rod licence for next season, the result is that the final decision is to be put in the hands of the Government.
It is expected that the decision will be made at the end of November after the Environment Agency passed on their proposals for an increase of 1 for a full licence. The Government will then be expected to make it a legal ruling.
If it is accepted then it will mean that the price of a full licence will be 21 with a concessionary permit costing 10.50. The cost of a junior licence will remain at 5.
Game anglers are also going to see an increase of 1 for a yearly permit, taking it to 60 with a concessionary costing 30. 

- Millbrook Fisheries fined for illegal fish stocking 
Puddle House AC Lake near Blackpool, Lancashire had just been stocked with 400 roach and 300 crucian carp but they only had permission from the Environment Agency for the stocking of the roach. This has resulted in Millbrook Fisheries 2000 LTD being taken to court and given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay 340 in costs, after pleading guilty to the charge.

- For many years, angling has struggled to have a voice in Parliament and Westminster, and representation at any level has always been a problem.
But new plans are a-foot after Labour MP Martin Salter has come up with a solution in the form of an All Party Parliamentary Angling Group. Salter has joined forces with Dagenham MP and sea angler, John Cruddas to ensure that the sport gets a political voice and key issues are discussed at the highest level.
It is the hope that more MP's may join to give the group a solid foundation upon which to act on major issues within the sport. The first one to be raised will be the cormorant predation problem.
Sports Minister, Richard Caborn has welcomed the idea and will be backing the group in it's aims. The group also plans to have discussions with major angling groups and also listen to anglers in this country which still makes angling the largest participant sport in Britain. 


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