Westcountry Angling Passport
Fish in unrivalled surroundings
The Angling Passport Scheme offers fishing for wild brown trout, sea trout, salmon, grayling and coarse fish in unrivalled surroundings. There are 38 beats available as Token Fisheries and also the extensive Dartmoor Fishery on the East and West Dart and tributaries. In addition, Westcountry Angling Passport tokens can be used at all of the South West Lakes Trust Fisheries and also on most of the other Passport Schemes around the UK.
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.
This approach is called a ‘Payment for an Ecosystem Service’ (PES for short). The beneficiary, in this case the angler, is paying the provider (often a member of the farming community) for the service of a good environment to fish in and this transaction is mediated by an ethical broker, the Westcountry Rivers Trust in this instance.
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.
Under the Westcountry Angling Passport Scheme we have developed a series of introductory iGillie films. iGhillie instructional film clips are unique in that they allow prospective anglers to get a feel for fishing a beat from their home. The clips also lead the angler through how best to approach the beat in question, the best techniques to use and the main areas to concentrate on. Ten clips are available online at www.westcountryangling.com.