Issued by the Angling Trust:

The Angling Trust has welcomed the Environment Agency’s announcement that it will change the way that it manages river maintenance work to reduce the impact on fish and fishing.

The representative body for all angling mounted a concerted campaign about the issue last winter after it received reports from around the country of damage to trees and bankside vegetation on riverbanks and in rivers. These reports were collated into a dossier and presented to the Agency’s senior management. Since then, the Angling Trust has had several discussions with the Agency to try and put systems in place to prevent such widespread damage occurring in the future.