THE cost of a fishing licence is set to rise £1 to £22 in April. Concessionary licences will cost £11.50 from April 1st, with the price of a junior licence for those from 12-16 staying static at £5. Salmon licences will be £62 for the year. Minors under 12 can fish for free.
Commented Stephen Gledhill of the Environment Agency: “The increase was first announced three years ago, following a review of our fishery funding needs. The vast majority of it goes straight back into fishing, so it’s money well spent.”

Anyone wishing to object to the rises can do so by writing to Emma Southard, DEFRA, Room 109, 10 Whitehall Place, Londond, SW1A 2HH.