This is an email thats doing the rounds at the moment on AA. I wont give my opinion just at this moment but i have issues with several parts of this......So does the Angling Trust represent You and will you be joining? The Angling Trust has been working very closely with the AnglersAfloat team to come up with a package of Angling Trust membership benefits for kayak anglers that will definitely float your boat. We are all anglers â€œIâ€™ve spent time getting to know kayak angling and attending AnglersAfloat meets this year at Oxwich Bay and Ladram Bay. They have been some of the most passionate and constructive anglers I have come across. It is essential that as the representative body for all angling in England we represent and support the interests of all kayak anglersâ€ David Mitchell, Angling Trustâ€™s Marine Environmental Campaigns Manager. â€œThe membership package has been the result of a lot of hard work by Angling Trust and AnglersAfloat and it offers the most comprehensive array of benefits for kayak anglers that we know of anywhere in the Worldâ€ AnglersAfloat team member, Darnsarf. â€œKayak angling represents all the best bits of angling; easily accessible, compatible with all types of angling, low impact on the environment and sociable â€“ Iâ€™m planning to be on the water with mine in the springâ€ Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Angling Trust. Why join the Angling Trust? The Angling Trust offers benefits for all anglers. Whether you are sea, coarse or game angling kayaker, concerned about fish stocks, a competitive match angler or keen to get sustainable access to freshwater fishing, the Angling Trust will listen to you and strive to develop your sport. The Trust campaigns and takes legal action at a local and national level to protect anglersâ€™ rights and the health of the water environment. The more anglers who join, the more it will be able to do. Cracking Kayaking Cover Make sure you have peace of mind â€“ we are offering individual annual membership for Â£25 from January 1st 2011 which includes Â£5,000,000 public liability insurance specifically covering kayak angling and any mishaps while you are on the water which damage other people or their property. Now you can relax and enjoy your fishing! Accessing Angling Worried about access and restriction on angling? Our Conservation and Access group and representatives on the four regional marine conservation zone projects are working to ensure that sea angling is not restricted. We understand the unique concerns that kayak anglers have and your membership and involvement in the process will give us more weight when it comes to fighting for your rights on these issues. We have already facilitated bringing together AnglersAfloat and those involved in making the recommendations over MCZs when Roger Covey, Natural Englandâ€™s marine specialist in the South West, proved himself a more than competent angler at Ladram Bay back in September! Roger is now aware of the limitations and special requirements your sport needs. Are you a coarse or game angler? Great news! Weâ€™ve negotiated an optional British Waterways package including the riverboat licence, giving you access to hundreds of miles of Britainâ€™s canal network. As fishermen thatâ€™s not enough, it also includes the all important Waterways Wanderer permit giving you access to fishing along over 300 miles of canal network in England and Wales in areas which are not controlled by clubs. The package price is just Â£14; this represents a Â£46 saving over the normal price. This is an optional bolt on package to your standard Angling Trust membership. We appreciate that sea fishermen will not need this and so have included it as an optional extra. We will also be developing a greater level of understanding and agreement with bank anglers. This will allow for better appreciation of freshwater kayak angling, create opportunities for clubs and kayak anglers alike, helping to foster mutual appreciation and avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings. Kayak Fishing Courses are back! We are delighted to be restarting the universally popular and well respected kayak fishing safety courses at only Â£35 for Angling Trust members (Â£65 for non members). The courses will be run by kayak anglers trained and certified to level II angling coaches by the Angling Development Board. Once they are trained we will have a network of coaches across the country providing the only professionally certified kayak fishing course in the UK. The training to become a course leader will become open to all suitably experienced kayak fishermen and will also include the benefit of becoming a certified kayak angling guide. Both the Instructors course and Kayak Fishing Course will be developed over the winter ready for launch next summer. Representation When enough kayak anglers have joined the Angling Trust we will create a formal position on our marine committee for a representative from the kayak angling community. This way you can be sure that your interests are being represented at the highest level by one of your own. Youâ€™ll be able to nominate your representative after the first year. However, to show our commitment we will accept an AnglersAfloat Team member on a temporary basis while the kayak fishing membership builds to a level to allow elections. This level of representation will be unique to kayak angling within the Angling Trust and is due to the non-club structure of kayak angling. Competitions The Angling Trust already has a very active competitions section and once we have sufficient support we will be looking to develop sea and freshwater Angling Trust kayak angling competitions with the help of our kayak members. You can suggest ideas for meets and competitions to your kayak angling marine committee member. For instance, as the national governing body for angling in England there is the potential to stage the UKâ€™s first home internationals kayak angling competition. Other Member benefits Individual AT membership gives you a whole host of other benefits including: Â· Newsletters Â· Entry to competitions Â· Email updates and press releases on the work we are doing Â· 20% off any purchases made through www.anglingdirect.co.uk and many more money saving deals which you can find here http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?sec....Member+Benefits . Â· There will also be an Angling Trust membersâ€™ area on the AnglersAfloat forum. Â· AnglersAfloat will be working with the Angling Trust to create a format to allow the Trusts legal arm Fish Legal to act on behalf of Kayak Fishing over any future legal issues. How to Join Membership is still only Â£20 until January 1st 2011. Kayak Anglers can join online from Monday 29th of November at http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=32Â§ionTitle=Join+Angling+Trust and save Â£5 over the 2011 membership rate. Important! Â· Make sure you tick the preferences to tell us that you are a kayak angler and whether you are sea, game or coarse angler or a combination Â· If you are already a member and would like to change your status to include Kayak Fishing please contact us via our website or call us on 0844 7700616 and we will update your membership Weâ€™ll be in touch and youâ€™ll receive our latest newsletter. Look out for David Mitchellâ€™s update and his picture which was taken when he joined the Anglers Afloat meet for a great day out at Ladram Bay in September. We look forward to you joining us. Thank you for your support, The Angling Trust Team. I hope you all agree this is very exciting news for kayak fishermen, not only giving us a voice amongst all branches of the sport, it will also hopefully bring us access to new stretches of water throughout the United Kingdom and protect those we already enjoy. Its fantastic to see that the Kayak Fishing Safety Courses will be returning in the near future, these have been sorely missed over the last 12 months. As mentioned an Anglers Trust Members Only area will be appearing on the forum, otherwise its business as usual, with all the usual banter. I would like to thank those members that have done so much hard work behind the scenes and to the Angling Trust for putting together such a great package. They deserve our support, thank you for yours.