The Strategy that the Broads Angling Services Group will pursue was first launched on 20th May 2018 at the Forum in Norwich. It has been updated in February 2022 and is now out for wider consultation until its formal adoption in April 2022.
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 £100 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). 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