What is the Welsh Salmon & Trout Angling Association (WSTAA)
- It is the Governing Body for Game Angling in Wales.
- It is a democratic organisation based on angling clubs & regional structures.
- It is managed by angling club representatives.
- It has representatives on many Fishery Committees.
- It is managed by an executive committee with members drawn from all the Welsh regions
- It has about one hundred clubs in membership
- It has Sports Council recognition and representation.
- It has representation on major angling organisation in the U.K. including the Moran Committee
- It has links with most national angling governing bodies world over.
- It has organised two major World Fly Fishing Championships and the 2002 Commonwealth championship in Wales .
- It has several M.P’s and A.Ms as Vice Presidents.
- It has a President who actively represents angling in the House of Lords
- It is recognised in the Assembly as the Body speaking for Welsh Game Angling and has meetings with the Agricultural Minister.
History of WSTAA
The Welsh Fly Fishing Association (WFFA) was founded in 1952.Prominent Welsh Anglers of the day were conscious of the need for a National Body to represent game angling interests in the Principality.The Welsh anglers and angling clubs were then isolated and divided. Thus the WFFA was formed.(Changed to WSTAA in 1978.)
Since its inception the WFFA sought to improve the lot of the angling clubs and in 1967 its report on the Survival of Welsh Angling Clubs resulted in grant aid being made by the Welsh Office and this enabled Welsh angling clubs to halt the ‘Cheque Book’ invasion as the practice of purchasing fishing rights by outside interests was then described.
From time to time WSTAA has produced papers on subjects such as Pollution and the Law;The Problems of Barrages; Poaching in Wales; Problem of the Brown trout in Acidic waters of Welsh Rivers, To stock or Not to Stock, Objective One, Sewin..
WSTAA has financially supported projects such as the Usk Barrage, Buying out of Greenland Nets. It promoted a special Seminar on Objective One and got influential speakers from Ireland.
The WSTAA has been involved in the Net Limitation Exercise spending over £20,000 pounds on the Public Enquiry in 1982 and again spent a lot of time on the same issue in 1995.The WSTAA is anxious that salmon and sewin are given a fair chance to return to the rivers of Wales .The recent years have been exceptionally busy with the National Byelaws, The Legislative Group, Devolution and Welsh Assembly and the Review of the Environment Agency all demanding time and effort. The year 2001 was an exceptionally difficult one yet but with the help of the Welsh Assembly the clubs were compensated for their losses. The WSTAA celebrate its half century of in 2002 and with the Objective One money now pouring into the Welsh fishing scene the Welsh anglers will have something to sing about.
When the WFFA was first formed in 1952 the aim was to safeguard the interest of Welsh anglers and it is to its credit that it has succeeded in doing just that along the years