For all things fish and fishing...

We are a non-profit organisation working for the benefit of fish and fishing.

For 10 years the Angling Trust and Fish Legal have been supporting fishing clubs, fisheries and individual anglers.

We’re passionate about fishing and protecting the future of our sport and have campaigned tirelessly on behalf of our members on many issues.

You can read more about the work we do below – your membership gives you great value and supports us to protect fishing for future generations.


Landmark wins against polluters

Fish Legal has successfully fought everyone from rogue farmers to multinational corporations on behalf of its members while in many cases the government and statutory bodies have done little or nothing.  We win pollution cases against companies large and small and allowing compensation to be put where it is most needed - to the angling clubs and fishery owners affected, so that they can restore their waters.  We have only been able to do this thanks to the loyal support of our members.

Times we've taken the Government to court and changed policy

Pounds in compensation for our members impacted by pollution

Legal cases taken on behalf of members

The number of times we have provided legal advice

Planning threats we have advised on

Combatting poaching, fish theft and other criminal activity

In partnership with the Environment Agency we have recruited and coordinate an army of 500 voluntary bailiffs and developed stronger ties with police, in addition to widespread action to educate migrant anglers via the Building Bridges project. 

Volunteer Bailiffs recruited

Patrols coordinated in the last 12 months

Hours protecting fish and fisheries

Help us fight to protect fish and fishing for generations to come

Supporting our work to protect and grow the sport you love has never been more important. We have great member benefits, with discounts on fishing, tackle and everyday items, as well as a fantastic joining offer for new individual members.

Getting more people fishing

We are committed to increasing the diversity and number of participants in angling, the frequency of participation and the standards of safeguarding and coaching.

Introduction events organised in the last two years

Coaches trained

Juniors and Adults introduced in the last two years

More competitive angling than ever in all three disciplines of our sport

With over 400 events held last year, across all three disciplines of our sport and in excess of over 10,000 competition entries, including flagship competitions such as 9 major National Championships including Winter League, Fish ‘O’ Mania, RiverFest, AT/CRT Canal Pairs, British Pike Championships, AT/CRT Boddington Classic and TideFest. We also support our England teams representing both the Trust and their sponsors and have developed a Youth Talent Pathway in place to offer more elite angling teams than ever before.

Events held each year

Entries across our competitions

National teams supported

A louder voice for angling

Our work has given anglers the loudest voice ever to influence legislation and policy, including pollution, predation, commercial netting and anglers’ rights. We couldn't do it without the support of our members.

Progress on predation

Our successes to date include a 50% increase in the upper limit for cormorant culls, securing funding for fishery management advisors and distributing over £480k for otter fencing and deterrents from the Environment Agency. 

Better water quality and healthier fisheries

Thanks to determined action, the Angling Trust & Fish Legal have successfully fought damaging activities such as river dredging, hydropower schemes, over-abstraction and pollution. 

Three-rod licence for specimen and carp anglers

Thanks to our direct campaigning for free junior rod licences and a three-rod licence for specimen and carp anglers. these changes, along with the fairer deal of a rolling 365-day licence, have been introduced.

Representation for sea anglers

We have got sea angling up the political agenda, lobbied the IFCAs to ban estuary and inshore netting and fought to restore anglers’ rights to take bass home to eat.


Action on invasive species

From Signal Crayfish to Floating Pennywort, we have supported initiatives such as the Check Clean Dry campaign to help stop the spread of invasive non-native species. We also campaign for the government to take further action to control and eradicate species threatening our waters.


Securing funds to help clubs and fisheries

From new fish stocks, to better facilities and disabled access, the Trust continues to secure vital support via the Angling Improvement Fund – approximately £2m from the Environment Agency in the last 4 years.

Help us protect the future of fishing

Who are the Angling Trust & Fish Legal? 

The Angling Trust, formed in 2009, is recognised by the Government as the unified representative organisation for all anglers in England and Wales. We are a non-profit organisation working for the benefit of fish and fishing.

We protect marine and freshwater fish stocks and recreational angling in all its forms on behalf of our membership by lobbying and campaigning, by promoting angling participation to all, and for the public good.

We are united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a membership association which provides expert legal advice and takes legal action to protect the water environment and fishing rights of its member clubs, riparian owners and fisheries and to seek compensation on their behalf for any damage. We are the only sporting representative body to have such a collaboration to protect anglers rights and interests.

Your membership not only gives you great value - it's vital for the future of fishing. 

Your membership of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal is vital to the continued support of our work on behalf of all anglers.

By joining the Angling Trust you contribute with us to:

  • Fight against Pollution, Predation and Poaching
  • Get more fish in rivers, lakes and the sea
  • Make sure rod licence money is spent on fishing
  • Increase angling participation, coaching and education
  • Fight against restricted angler access and anti-angling campaigns
  • Support environmental campaigning for anglers and fishing

Speak to our team

Want to find out more - you can call our membership team on 0343 507 7006 and select option 1. If you are using a mobile phone, click the button below to start your call. 

Contact us

Tel: 0343 507 7006 (For Membership enquiries select Option 1)

Our membership team are available to speak from:

Monday – Friday 9.00am -5.00pm

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