IFM & EA Fishery Guidance

IFM Fishery Guidance

The Institute’s guidance series will grow and develop over time. The ones we have written to date are available to be downloaded below.


We also hold the national Fish Pass Manual. This is the former EA Guide

The manual can be downloaded here

EA Fish Health Advice

Environment Agency Fish Health Advice

We are very pleased to be able to host a suite of information leaflets from the Environment Agency’s National Fisheries Laboratory, who carry out vital fish disease monitoring and surveillance to prevent the spread of fish disease and minimise the risk of mortalities. They also provide a comprehensive fish ageing service and offer expert advice on non-native fish species.

Each of the titles below is available for download by clicking on the text.


Category 2 and Novel

Viruses (including Notifiable Diseases)


Bacteria and Fungi (Oomycetes)


Salmonid conditions

Management & Biosecurity

Fish Ageing

Non-Native Species

Prussian carp and related species


The Environment Agency has a duty to maintain, improve and develop fisheries. Income from fishing licence sales is reinvested in work across the country including monitoring, enforcement, fish stocking, fish rescues, responding to incidents and providing fisheries advice.

More information on the Environment Agency activities can be found in their annual fisheries report (

Don’t forget there is only one place to go and buy your licence

Click here to watch a recording of  the virtual fisheries forum on fish health


How is fishing licence income spent?

The Environment Agency (EA) have just released their Fisheries Annual Report for 21/22 which details how and where fishing licence income is spent. During the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 the EA sold 934,760 fishing licences which generated an income of £21,854,093. So how has this income helped promote fishing?

The report gives details on all the work the EA does with the support of a brilliant network of approximately 1000 partners. These include organisations involved in angling such as the Angling Trust, Canal and Rivers Trust, as well as a large number of local angling clubs, fishery owners, local councils and charities. With the help of these partners, licence income is able to deliver far more as match funding helps ensure that every pound from the licence fee income is used to its full potential.

The report highlights a range of diverse actions where fishing licence income is invested, ranging from fisheries enforcement, habitat improvements and fish stocking, to fish stock surveys, responding to incidents and regulating fish movements to help prevent disease.

The full report can be read below


National Angling Strategy Report 2021/22

We are very pleased to be able to host the National Angling Strategy Annual Report for 2021/22. The report is produced by the Environment Agency and reflects on the work undertaken by a number of partners, including the Institute, over the past year

Foreword to the Report 

Welcome to the National Angling Strategy Annual Report for 2021/22! This year saw a return to some sort of normality after the tumultuous period of COVID-19 in the previous year. That said many social restrictions were still in place throughout the majority of the year, however it did feel a bit more like ‘business as usual’ with a full calendar of angling participation events, project work being undertaken and further strengthening of partnership working arrangements to help bolster the push to fulfil the aims and objectives of the National Angling Strategy.

This year has seen some exciting incentives get underway such as the Angling Trust’s ‘Reel Education’ schools programme backed by Shakespeare and Defra’s new Fisheries and Seafood Scheme which will look to release investment into recreational sea angling. There was also the highlight of the Canal and Rivers Trust’s National Celebration of Young People and Angling which attracted a record attendance! (You can read more about all of these in the report).These are just some of the examples of the wide and varied range of work that is underway to try and help grow angling as a sport, to help people connect with the outdoors, become active and at the same time improve their health and wellbeing. Many of the case studies in this report detail the amazing work the angling community have undertaken, with most of this being led by willing volunteers trying to give something back to their sport.

The work highlighted here is only a snapshot of the huge amount that is taking place on the ground working towards the aims and objectives of the National Angling Strategy. For more information about this Annual Report or the Strategy in general please contact Tom Sherwood ([email protected]).

The full report can be read below

National Angling Strategy Annual Report 21-22

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