Family fishing days uncover new species

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  • Family fishing days return to Shoreham Port
  • Sessions have proved a huge success
  • Endangered species discovered in Shoreham Harbour

YOUNG anglers will have the chance to develop their skills at family fishing days in Shoreham Harbour.

There will also be the chance for young people to try their hand at fishing for the first time, with the help of the Angling Trust.

Shoreham Port has been the home of the trust’s fishing sessions since 2013.

The trust gives young people the opportunity to try their hand at fishing, both from land and at sea.

This experience has enabled many young anglers to develop their skills in a fun, relaxed environment alongside more experienced fishermen.

Reg Phillips, representing the Angling Trust’s Sussex Marine region, said: “Thank you once again to Shoreham Port for providing the perfect venue to show young anglers how to try sea fishing.

“Our events are becoming more and more popular and we expect the number of participants for the 2015 family fishing days to exceed those seen in 2014.”

Last year, 192 people took part in the fishing events, some for the first time and others who had returned because they enjoyed their first experience of sea angling.

Some who had returned from the previous year said they were thrilled to report they had been fishing in other locations, with their families, having taking part in the coaching sessions in 2013.

The family fishing days this year will all be on Sundays, planned for July 26, August 9, August 30, and September 13.

You only have to look at the photos from the events to see how much they were enjoyed

Julian Seaman, harbour master

Harbour master Julian Seaman said: “It is fantastic news that the Angling Trust will be returning this year to hold another summer of family fishing days.

“You only have to look at the photos from the events to see how much they were enjoyed.

“Holding the sessions at Shoreham Port has also led to the discovery of a number of new species, including several catches of sliver eel (still thought to be endangered) and very surprising catches of red mullet and a gilthead bream.

“These discoveries reinforce our belief that there is a healthy and vibrant multi species marine ecosystem within the harbour.”

Email enquiries@anglingtrustsussexmarine to sign up.