Following a conversation between the Directors and consulting the latest advice from Angling Trust we are asking all our members not to fish our waters until advised that this is safe to do so.
Whilst we understand the proven benefits on active lifestyles, physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides, as well as many anglers opinions that as an often solitary pastime angling could be a perfect way to isolate oneself, the current government advice is that angling in any form is NOT currently classified as one of the safe exercises in which to participate.
As an alliance, we also have a duty of care to the community on a whole and that should any angler become injured on the river bank or become involved in an accident whilst travelling to the river then that in itself would cause an avoidable impact on all emergency services, which could, in turn, have a significant impact on those needing emergency care during the pandemic.
We hope that all anglers will understand that we, as a responsible Association, and also the angling community in general, must take action to protect ourselves, our families and our communities through this period and that you will support us through what will hopefully be a short term closure.
We will continue to review the situation as it develops and update you in due course.
Liam Walsh Club Secretary
on behalf of the MTAA Directors.