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Rod Licence - Checks in the Snow Catch Four Illegal Anglers

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Four anglers were given offence report forms by Environment Agency officers who braved freezing temperatures for a spot-check on illegal fishing in the Anglian region last Saturday.

 

The EA report that:


The snow and ice couldn’t keep the enforcement officers away from the organisation’s planned blitz on illegal fishing and a total of 47 anglers were seen bracing the cold in the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire rivers that were visited. Four (8.5 per cent) did not have a fishing licence.


Lesley Robertson, Environmental Crime Team Leader, said:

“Those issued with offence tickets will almost certainly end up in court. We monitor the river all year round, no matter the weather, and our fisheries enforcement officers were out in the cold last Saturday.

We were pleased to see that most anglers had valid rod licences, as all the money the Environment Agency receives from sales is spent improving fisheries.

Those law-abiding anglers were very happy to see our officers out on the ground and were encouraged by our continued stance against illegal fishing.”


The blitz targeted waterways including the River Great Ouse, the River Lark and the River Wissey.







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Comments (5 posted):

Lord Paul of Sheffield on 30/01/2013 12:18:30
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Quote from article We were pleased to see that most anglers had valid rod licences, as all the money the Environment Agency receives from sales is spent improving fisheries. Is this true?
cg74 on 30/01/2013 12:56:12
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Quote from article We were pleased to see that most anglers had valid rod licences, as all the money the Environment Agency receives from sales is spent improving fisheries. Is this true? Actually I'd say yes it is true, in fact they spend considerably more on improving water habitats than they generate from sales of rod licences. That said; it's their fault (as a whole entity) that our waters are in such a dire state! They (as an agency) have to big a remit; licencing pollution, licence absraction, responsible for flood control and still improve the environment. A while back they were harping on about how much stock fencing they had erected to stop cattle walking in and next to a river. A complete waste of tax payers money! If current guidelines/legislation is ineffectual; then change it! Going back to Rod Licence checks - I think they're damned if they do, damned if they don't....
tiinker on 30/01/2013 14:23:10
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Nice to know they are out there checking.
beerweasel on 30/01/2013 14:35:53
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I wonder what nationalities they are.
binka on 30/01/2013 20:14:02
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The EA have been very active checking licences around the Newark area over the last few months. One was a right cocky git... taking delight in telling me the blank that i'd had on the stretch of water I was fishing was a first! I could only reply that if he'd been there when i'd fished a week earlier I could have proved that he was in fact wrong ;)


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