Record number of prosecutions for illegal angling –

Record number of prosecutions for illegal angling Published:  05 January, 2005

More than 400 people were successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency for rod fishing licence offences during November 2004, it has been announced. Fines for the month totalled £27,457, with costs of £25,455 awarded to the Environment Agency.

Almost a quarter of the successful prosecutions occurred in the North West, which saw 102 of the 417 successful cases. The month’s highest fine was £300, imposed on an angler at Southampton for three offences; fishing without a licence, fishing for freshwater fish in the close season and fishing by means other than using an

artificial fly or lure during the freshwater fish close season. On average, each unlicensed fishing trip cost the angler £127.

Dafydd Evans, the Environment Agency’s Head of Fisheries said ‘It is good to see that the effort made by our enforcement and legal officers to catch and prosecute illegal anglers is paying off. This month’s increase in both successful prosecutions and fines should serve as a warning to anyone considering fishing without a


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