He says the new organisation will stand up for anglers “wherever their interests are being threatened”. Initial battlegrounds are fishing at sea, sand and gravel extraction, predators and poachers and access to water being cut off for health and safety reasons. The formation of the new organisation will enable a marketing and communications department to be set up to help promote angling’s social, conservation and economic benefits. Members will get cash back on their freshwater rod licences, tackle and permits.

For more information or to join the Angling Trust visit the temporary website.