Virtual Fisheries Forum | Managing Invasive Plants

29 March 2022 7:00 PM - 29 March 2022 8:30 PM
Open to all


In our next Virtual Fisheries Forum, we explore the steps being taken to manage the Invasive Non-Native plants growing in and around our waters; with and overview of national strategies, as well as the practical, hands on techniques clubs and fisheries can employ to tackle the problem.

INNS are estimated to cost the UK economy over £2.2 billion each year. From an angling perspective, their impact on our waters can range from inconvenient, to downright destructive. Floating pennywort for example has been known to choke entire lakes and rivers; preventing access and posing a existential threat to angling where it becomes established. As a whole, INNS challenge our native ecology, creating imbalance in the aquatic environments we all rely on for healthy fish stocks.

This session is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at all angling clubs, fisheries and syndicates who want to learn more about tackling invasive plants.


Meet the Panel

Dr Emily Smith

Emily is the Environment Manager for the Angling Trust and heads up the Angling Trust Environment Team, who work with anglers to provide advice on invasive species management and the implementation of best biosecurity practice. Through the Angling Improvement Fund opening in mid-May, there will be a dedicated pot of funding available to assist anglers in managing established invasive species and installing measures on site to stop invasive species spread and introduction.

Trevor Renals

Trevor Renals has been involved in weed management for 32 years. He instigated the Cornwall Knotweed Forum, an approach that inspired our current network of local action groups. He was the author of the Japanese knotweed code of practice, which provided an important regulatory platform for the knotweed management industry. Trevor participates in various national groups concerning invasive species management, including the GB biocontrol steering group and is chairing the Pathway Action Planning group for the horticulture industry. He is also coordinating the national eradication programmes for water primrose and various-leaved water milfoil.

Tuesday 29th March 2022

Start time: 7:00pm

End time: 8:30pm (approx)



After feedback from previous events, our Virtual Fisheries Forums are now be broadcast via Zoom. Once you’ve registered, you will be sent a link for joining. You do not need an account with Zoom in order to take part.

Virtual Fisheries Forums follow a simple format, with a talk from our guest speaker, before an open Q&A session, where your questions will be answered. Using the Q&A function on Zoom, you will be able to raise questions at any time. We are also happy to take questions in advance of the meeting.

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