Warnings over fishing licence

BAILIFFS are reminding anglers to renew rod licences, with a number of poachers caught in the region in last year.

A team of Environment Agency officers carry out regular blitzes on angling sites across the region and questioned thousands in 2010.

Some were caught without the correct licence and fined after being caught at lakes and ponds around the North Cave area.

Many were taken to court.

Other offences included giving a false name and address to a bailiff and using an illegal “lure” on the end of a rod to catch fish.

Officers are now reminding anglers that their annual rod licence expired at the end of March and they should have a new one in place.

Fisheries technical officer for the Environment Agency in Yorkshire, Peter Mischenko said: “There are many ways in which an angler can renew their annual licence and I would urge anyone to make sure they do.

“Our officers are out and about and will report any person caught contravening any fisheries legislation.

“This year we will be working closer than ever with fisheries owners and angling clubs to ensure that any rule breakers are reported and dealt with accordingly.”

All the money raised from licence sales is used to support fishing.

Those who fish without a licence can face prosecution and a maximum fine of £2,500, with the potential for forfeiture of fishing equipment and even a ban on holding a fishing licence for up to five years.

Licences are available at Post Offices, online from the Environment Agency at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rod licence or by telephone on 0844 8005386.