More than 1,200 cases of illegal fishing were brought in front of the courts between April and June this year by the Environment Agency; with 98% of cases resulting in fines, costs and formal cautions.
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“The protection of vulnerable fish stocks and increasing fishing participation are among the Environment Agency’s key environmental objectives. To help us to achieve them we need to target poaching and rod licence evasion to protect the primary income stream of rod licence sales. Fisheries Enforcement Officers will continue to patrol waterways targeting illegal fishing activity.
“Some anglers believe a licence is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. This is not the case. All rod licences expire on March 31. So, if you have taken a break from fishing to watch the World Cup remember to check your licence is valid before going back to the riverbank.”
Buying a licence couldn’t be easier – there are around 15,000 Post Offices and other outlets which sell them direct; 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.
Region Prosecutions Total fines Total costs
Anglian 180 £12,433 £10,264
North East 168 £9,449 £10,565
North West 171 £11,039 £10,446
Southern 106 £8,520 £6,890
South West 91 £6,667 £5,625