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Oxford University Angling Seminar a huge success

More than 130 anglers and angling club officials from all parts of the country attended a Thames Fisheries Consultative Council (TFCC) Seminar at the Oxford Brookes University last Saturday.

This annual event hosted again by the various angling and fisheries consultative organisations in Thames Region under their collective TFCC banner took place as usual in collaboration with the Environment Agency but this year was joined by the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC)

A wide range of topical issues was discussed following presentations by a variety of speakers expert in their particular fields. Subjects included fishing tackle through the ages, recruitment of volunteers to take and maintain club administration, are bait bans really necessary? And a senior Wildlife Manager from Defra gave a well received presentation on applying for licences for Cormorant control.

The day also included the NAFAC Annual General Meeting and all present expressed their satisfaction at the way in which their concerns for the future of angling and fisheries are being represented by this rapidly growing national organisation.

Following a very lively debate on the future of angling it was agreed that our sport did have good prospects especially if there could be much greater co-operation between our national representative bodies and others responsible for the well being of the water environment.

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