More than 30 anglers caught during Easter crackdown on illegal fishing

CAUGHT OUT: 34 anglers were caught over Easter

CAUGHT OUT: 34 anglers were caught over Easter

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OFFICERS from the Environment Agency caught 34 people fishing illegally on the region’s waterways over the Easter weekend.

More than 1,000 fishermen were checked across the North-East during a four-day operation by enforcement officers and 27 were found to be fishing without a licence.

A further seven were found to have been using illegal baits during angling’s close season, which began on March 16.

Kevin Summerson, fisheries enforcement team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “This weekend we were targeting anglers who persist in using illegal baits in rivers during the close season.

“The close season in our rivers is important to allow migratory fish time to breed and spawn, and certain baits that are more attractive to coarse fish are banned at this time to reduce the opportunity of game anglers inadvertently catching freshwater fish”.

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6:31am Wed 23 Apr 14

cromwell1599 says...

Good to see the Environment Agency taking some action, as someone who's had a licence every year since the early 70's I would be quite happy to be checked more often, as it is I've only been asked for my licence by a bailiff or EA official about four or five times since then.
Good to see the Environment Agency taking some action, as someone who's had a licence every year since the early 70's I would be quite happy to be checked more often, as it is I've only been asked for my licence by a bailiff or EA official about four or five times since then. cromwell1599
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6:34am Wed 23 Apr 14

cromwell1599 says...

The thing now is to make sure they are all prosecuted, although no doubt they will all plead poverty and end up paying any fines at the rate of £2 a month.
The thing now is to make sure they are all prosecuted, although no doubt they will all plead poverty and end up paying any fines at the rate of £2 a month. cromwell1599
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8:53am Wed 23 Apr 14

oliver james says...

The Environment Agency talk complete rubbish , 30 people caught without licences ??? Across the regains waterways ??? There are hundreds & hundreds of miles of rivers and lakes , ponds in the regain, I walk the river tees everyday in various areas and have witnessed the river being tore apart by Polish with buckets of dead course fish of which they eat , I have found a gill nett which I reported , this a waste of time , it cost me £5 in phone calls and no further forward. If you need to protect the Atlantic salmon STOP the poaching at tees barrage (Ie) the seals !
The Environment Agency talk complete rubbish , 30 people caught without licences ??? Across the regains waterways ??? There are hundreds & hundreds of miles of rivers and lakes , ponds in the regain, I walk the river tees everyday in various areas and have witnessed the river being tore apart by Polish with buckets of dead course fish of which they eat , I have found a gill nett which I reported , this a waste of time , it cost me £5 in phone calls and no further forward. If you need to protect the Atlantic salmon STOP the poaching at tees barrage (Ie) the seals ! oliver james
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