If you bought someone aged 12 years old or over a fishing rod for Christmas, make sure they have a valid rod licence before they try it out. The reminder comes as nearly 300 anglers were prosecuted by the Environment Agency in December, resulting in more than £44,000 in fines and costs.
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“The protection of vulnerable fish stocks and increasing fishing participation are among the Environment Agency’s key environmental objectives. The money raised through rod licence sales; some £19m, is invested directly in fisheries work that benefits all anglers.”
Rod licences expire on March 31, 2007. Buying a new licence couldn’t be easier – there are around 15,000 Post Offices and other outlets which sell them; a direct debit can be set up, and for a small additional charge they can be purchased over the phone (0870 1662662) or from our web site – www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence any time, day or night.
Breakdown of prosecutions figures by Environment Agency region shown below.
Region Defendants prosecuted Total fines Total costs
Anglian 16 £998 £922
North East 30 £1,640 £2,015
North West 64 £3,870 £3,865
Southern 22 £1,565 £1,205
South West 31 £3,340 £4,764
Wales 37 £3,380 £2,110
Total 294 £23,845 £20,821