The Strategy that the Broads Angling Services Group will pursue is currently being created and will be formally launched on 20th May at the Forum in Norwich. Since it a continuation of many aspects of the original Strategy Group aims, we have included those below and will update them after the May launch.
The Broads Angling Strategy – A framework to sustain and grow angling in the Broads
The Broads area forms Britain’s largest and finest wetland and is one of the region’s premier tourist attractions. Angling and fisheries play a key role in supporting the rural economy in the Broads, accounting for at least 16 percent of the 7.2 million visitors to the area and contributing in excess of £88 million to the local economy each year.
Given the local, regional and national importance of the Broads for angling and the complexity of the issues that can affect the area, anglers have always had a strong interest in the way the Broads is managed.
The original Broads Fisheries Action Plan was published in 2003 and it saw the formation of a partnership between the Environment Agency, Broads Authority and the Broads Angling Strategy Group (BASG). The Fisheries Action Plan set out 12 key issues affecting angling in the Broads and a prioritised programme for the delivery of actions. The subsequent years have seen significant progress being made on a number of objectives, thanks to the contributions of all involved, many of whom have put in considerable amounts of time and effort for angling, on a purely voluntary basis.
Changing tides – Time to re-bait and re-cast
A decade on, BASG has been working with the Environment Agency to review and refresh the Broads Fisheries Action Plan, in light of changing economic times, fresh challenges and new opportunities for working in partnership with others.
The new Broads Angling Strategy comprises five core themes:
- Sustain angling in the Broads
- Access to Angling in the Broads
- Environments for Fish
- Sustaining our Upstream Fisheries
Each theme has a related set of objectives, together with a summary of actions that will help partners to maintain, improve and develop angling in the Broads. You can read more about each theme below. The Strategy also sets out how work towards these objectives can help deliver some of the key national strategy objectives for improving angling ‘on the ground’ in the Broads area.
BASG has formed a number of sub-groups to concentrate on delivering the specific objectives of the Broads Angling Strategy.
These groups can bring in wider local expertise amongst the angling community and help to make a real difference on the ground by making things happen.
Sustain angling in the Broads – BASG Sustain Group
There are 5 main Objectives the BASG Sustain Angling Group is working to deliver: BASG for the future
S1: Enable corporate governance, policy and structure for BASG
S2: Enable corporate governance, policy and structure to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and angling within the Broads area
S3: Implement a long term funding strategy to sustain Broads angling
S4: Sustain & Enhance the membership
S5: Communications and media strategy
Access to angling in the Broads – BASG Angling Access Group
There are 6 main Objectives the BASG Angling Access Group is working to deliver: BASG Access Strategy
A1: maintain and improve boat & bank angling opportunities
A2: address and resolve conflicts of interest
A3: maintain access & anglers legal rights
A4: maintain and improve slipway facilities for small boats
A5: maintain and improve the urban fishery
A6: facilitate and provide an infrastructure for Broads angling festivals
Education – BASG Education Group
There are 3 main Objectives the BASG Communication Group is working to deliver
E1: Improve angling Information & Education
E2: Encourage newcomers to the sport and support young anglers
E3: Broaden Education linkages with Broads Stakeholders
Environments for fish – BASG Environment Group
There are 7 main Objectives the BASG Environment Group and the BASG Pike Angling Strategy Group are working to deliver:
EF1: Understanding fish stocks in the Broads
EF2: Fisheries enforcement & Regulation
EF3: Tidal surges
EF4: Toxic algae Prymnesium
EF6: Invasive species
EF7: Managing & adapting to climate change
Broads Upstream Working Groups
To achieve this objective the Broads Angling Strategy will:
- Build on existing structures like the Wensum Working Group
- Create new forums for anglers to come together to enable focus on particular rivers
- Work in partnership with river trusts to ensure anglers have representation
- Partnership with the EA Fisheries team
The BASG is always looking for new members to get involved. Even if angling politics and committees are not ‘your thing’, the sub-groups are all about delivering real benefits to angling in the Broads. Just a small amount of time and effort spent working alongside like-minded anglers can really make things happen – on the following pages are some examples of just a few of the things BASG has helped deliver in the Broads.
Interested? Contact the BASG at [email protected]