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27 Jul 2006

The Minister for Environment, Countryside and Planning Carwyn Jones AM was this week on hand at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd to outline the details of this landmark for the angling community in Wales.

The three National governing bodies of fishing – the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers, the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers and the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association –have joined forces to establish a newly formed umbrella organisation The Federation of Welsh Anglers (FWA).

The new body has been formed in partnership with the Sports Council for Wales and the Environment Agency who have jointly funded the post of Angling Development Manager.

The collaboration has been established in recognition of the need for unity and appropriate infrastructure within the angling governing bodies in Wales. The Federation’s core purpose will be to promote, sustain and develop the sport of angling in Wales.

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Philip Carling welcomes the decision:

"The coming together of the three angling governing bodies under the Federation of Welsh Anglers is a positive step forward for the sport in Wales.

"We anticipate wide-ranging benefits for the sport as a result and are encouraged by the plans that are in progress for its development in the future."

Chris Bond, Angling Development Manager at the Federation of Welsh Anglers is looking enthusiastically ahead to the future:

"Angling is one of the most popular recreational activities in Wales. It is estimated that there are over 150,000 anglers in Wales and this figure is vastly swollen by the number of tourists who visit our stretches of water to experience high quality fishing in beautiful surroundings.

"Besides being an enjoyable pastime, it has been recognised the sport has great benefits for society as well as being beneficial to health and wellbeing. It has also been credited with helping to reduce stress and reducing anti-social behaviour and raising self-esteem amongst disaffected youngsters provided with opportunities to go fishing.

"2007 will see the launch of the FWA membership scheme and we have already established a coaching body which - working collaboratively with the Environment Agency and the Sports Council for Wales - will allow us to provide the opportunities for everyone who wishes to get involved in the sport."