On Sunday the 26th June, Scott West, a fisheries scientist from WRT joined forced with Dean Asplin from the Angling Trust to deliver a partnership day focused on introducing young people to the sport of fishing. The day was part of “Taunton wildlife week” organised bythe Somerset Wildlife Trust on the banks of the River Tone in Somerset.

Scott had this to say about the event: “Every now and again I do a day’s work that really fuels my passion for angling and fisheries, this day was one of them. To see young people and families sharing happy times by the water was a pleasure and maybe in the future one of those children will have been inspired enough to be a biologist or fisheries expert! You never know. That thought makes be proud to be a part of WRT and community engagement”

The day had a real family feel, allowed people to try angling for the first time with the trained coaches that were present and everyone caught fish! Alongside the actual fishing, those attending were introduced to the fish species in a tank environment and learnt about their life cycle and diet, with the help of a tray of river invertebrates. The fish species caught ranged from minnows to eels with a total of 8 different fish species caught.