New ambassador Charles Rangeley-Wilson fishes with the Trust's Mark Lloyd
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A huge drive by angling’s governing body has this week seen some of the biggest names in our sport take on the role of ‘Angling Ambassadors’.
Including such fly angling figures as Charles Jardine, Graham Mole, Brian Clarke and Oliver Edwards, the ambassador scheme has been brought about by the Angling Trust in an attempt to promote angling and add weight and publicity to issues facing angling such as predation and pollution.
With ambassadors from all areas of the sport, including sea, coarse, carp and specimen, plus such high-profile figures as River Monsters’ Jeremy Wade, Olympian Dean Macey, comedian Paul Whitehouse and singer Fergal Sharkey, it’s hoped that the angling will now be able gather some momentum in key campaigns for the future of the sport.
“We have been overwhelmed and extremely grateful with the strength of support from so many big names from the world of angling and beyond,” said the Angling Trust’s chief executive Mark Lloyd about the news. “A massive thank you must go to all the ambassadors for offering to help us campaign to promote angling and to protect it from threats such as pollution, abstraction, predation, hydropower, poaching and commercial overfishing.”
The move follows what many have seen a ‘rocky’ start for the Angling Trust since its formation in 2009, with the ambassador scheme hopefully not only adding new impetus to the Trust’s work, but also helping to bring it new members.
“It’s time that all anglers got behind the Angling Trust to give us the mandate and resources we need to persuade politicians and others in positions of power to take action to protect our fish stocks and fishing,” said the Trust’s new national campaigns co-ordinator and former MP Martin Salter. “As a former MP I know that numbers are what matter to politicians.”
“The Angling Trust is the most important development in angling in my lifetime,” said writer, former president of the Wild Trout Trust and new angling ambassador Brian Clarke. “For the first time it has given the sport the single, coherent voice it so long lacked. The trust speaks for us all in the face of ever-mounting pressures: environmental pressures (pollution, abstraction), social pressures (increasing detachment from the countryside, a consequent shifting of public attitudes to field sports of all kinds, reduced recruitment) - and the direct attacks of those who would see angling banned. To any angler who is not a trust member I would say join now, join today: protect the heritage that you have enjoyed - and keep it safe for your children.”
Chairman of Total Flyfisher's publisher DHP, David Hall, is also one of the new angling ambassadors and had this to say on the appointment:
“It was nice to be asked by Martin Salter to become one of the Trust’s ambassadors. Whilst I don’t consider myself as one of angling's ‘greats’ I recognise the fact that the media which I represent can play a major role in promoting the Trust. The ‘bad old ways’ are gone, we need to move on speaking with one voice (at last) and hopefully we at DHP can help to bring the message to the anglers “
The full list of the first 40 Angling Trust Ambassadors:
Alan Scotthorne, Andy Little, Andrew Herd, Bob Nudd MBE , Brian Clarke, Charles Jardine, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Chris Clark, Chris Yates, David Hall, Dave Harrell, Des Taylor, Dean Macey, Feargal Sharkey, Graham Mole, Henry Gilbey, Hugh Miles, Jan Porter, Jeremy Wade, Jim Baxter, Jim Whippy, John Bailey, Jon Beer, Keith Arthur, Keith Elliott, Leon Roskilly, Luke Jennings, Malcolm Gilbert, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Martin James, Mick Brown, Neville Fickling, Oliver Edwards, Paul Whitehouse, Roy Marlow, Sandra Scotthorne, Steve Collett, Steve Ringer, Terry Hearn, Wendy Lythgoe-Clark, Will Raison.