More than 300 cases of fishing without a valid rod licence were brought in front of the courts by the Environment Agency in October resulting in nearly £50,000 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.
“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.”
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.
Media enquiries: 020 7863 8710 (five lines), or outside normal office hours, please contact the National Duty Press Officer on 07798 882 092
Region Defendants prosecuted Total fines Total costs
Anglian 59 £4,175 £3,333
North East 67 £3,165 £4,575
North West 18 £1,370 £1,190
Southern 68 £5,120 £4,635
South West 32 £2,085 £4,739
Wales 23 £1,950 £1,460
Total 348 £22,966 £25,312