Boost for Angling in London

Fishing in London is set to receive a welcome boost with the appointment of a London Angling Development Officer who will seek to develop angling opportunities for all across the capital. If you are interested, this is your chance to make a difference with applications due by the 26th February.

The Environment Agency, Thames21, the Angling Development Board have come together in a unique partnership to fund this post, which aims to make  fishing appealing and accessible to all,  through highlighting  the social, economic and environmental benefits of one of the country’s most popular sports.

Working closely with the local community, the officer will seek to involve people of all ages and abilities, including the disadvantaged, young people, women, and people from all backgrounds in angling.

Through angling, the project aims to connect people with the capital’s waterways and help them get involved in restoring these amazing spaces.

Environment Agency Fisheries Specialist Lawrence Talks, said, ’I am excited about the opportunities for developing angling in London and our partnership with Thames 21 and the Angling Development Board will help give Londoners the opportunity to try fishing, learn about wetland wildlife and get involved.’

Thames21 chief executive Debbie Leach said the post was a significant step for angling in London:

“We are delighted to be working with the Environment Agency and Angling Development Board to create more opportunities for people to go fishing in London. There are beautiful rivers, lakes and canals right across the capital and angling is an outstanding way for everyone, whatever their background, age or gender to enjoy them”.

Jackie Sheldon, Senior Development Manager of the Angling Development Board added

“This post will bring together the angling community and key stakeholders to increase angling participation in London. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight how collaboration between our organisations can open up more opportunities for people to take up angling”

To find out more about this new job opportunity, see here
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Notes to Editors

  • The Angling Development Officer post is now being advertised and applications close on February 26th. For more information or to apply see:
  • Thames21 is an environmental charity, working with communities to improve rivers and canals for people and wildlife. Thames21 is a keen supporter of angling programmes and coordinates the annual Catch21 programme to promote to engage people in fishing activities in London.
  • This post is being partly funded by rod licence money.  It is an example of how rod licence money is reinvested into protecting and improving fisheries and into the sport of angling.
  • The Environment Agency is the leading public body protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It’s our job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.  Our work includes tackling flooding and pollution incidents, reducing industry’s impacts on the environment, cleaning up rivers, coastal waters and contaminated land, and improving fisheries and wildlife habitats.