Remember: rod licences expire on March 31, 2007

The reminder comes as nearly 500 cases of fishing without a valid rod licence were brought in front of the courts by the Environment Agency in February 2007, resulting in more than £62,000 in fines and costs.

“Fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish and eels in England and Wales requires a licence from the Environment Agency. Failure to have a licence is an offence. Those caught fishing illegally face tough penalties, including fines of up to £2,500 and a ban from fishing. This time around the courts fined the illegal anglers a total of £31,592 and charged them an additional £30,946 in costs,” confirmed Environment Agency Head of Fisheries Dafydd Evans.

“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.” 

New rod licences can be purchased from 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 – any time, day or night.

Breakdown of prosecutions figures by Environment Agency region

Region Defendants prosecuted Total fines Total costs 
Anglian  62   £4,002  £3,885  
Midlands  39   £2,328  £2,420  
North East  107   £5,058  £6,405  
North West  67   £4,265  £4,400  
Southern  37   £3,635  £2,315  
South West  37   £2,685  £4,046  
Thames  81   £6,874  £5,330  
Wales   31   £2,745  £2,145  
Total   461   £31,592 £30,946