Westcountry Angling Passport
We all receive benefits from rivers and water bodies; for some of us, including fishermen, the benefit is very tangible but for others such as water consumers and coastal tourists the link is less direct. However, the future health of our rivers depends on all groups who receive these benefits recognizing their value and working together to support river conservation, locally and directly.
In simple terms, this means that money is spent on solving the problems at source rather than footing the clean-up costs. It is also clear that there will be many, additional benefits arising from this much more positive approach to the provision of a healthy water environment.
Today we are refining our methods for demonstrating to people the benefits they get from rivers and for making the economic case for funding positive upstream action rather than funding negative clean-up costs. We are also refining our methods of working with Fishery Associations and owners and this is where the Westcountry Angling Passport (WAP) approach is leading the way.