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PostSubject: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Thu May 31, 2012 4:31 pm

With a long Bank Holiday weekend ahead many anglers will be taking the opportunity to visit their local fishery – and they need to make sure they are fishing legally.

Environment Agency enforcement officers will be blitzing waterways as part of Operation Pisces between 1-5 June to make sure those enjoying the sport are licensed and fishing only where they are allowed during the closed season.

There are wide variety of excellent waters that are open for fishing across the region from the large trout reservoirs and gravel pits to commercial fisheries and smaller ponds.

Anglers are reminded that the coarse fish close season on rivers runs until 15 June so no one should be fishing the rivers until then, whether they have a licence or not.

During the last blitz at Easter, intelligence was used to identify ‘hotspots’ and problem areas. More than100 locations were targeted and several anglers were unable to produce a licence. They were issued with offence tickets and will almost certainly end up in court.

Operation Pisces was the first of its kind spanning the entire region. Now the same approach is being used again.

Lesley Robertson, Fisheries Enforcement Team Leader said: “Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers will be carrying out regular patrols of waters during the close season and anyone found fishing illegally may face prosecution, and a hefty fine.

“All anglers need a valid Environment Agency rod licence which allows them to use up to two rods. Rod licences run from 1 April to 31 March and fishing without one can lead to a substantial fine”

Lesley added: “The river close season for coarse fishing is there for a reason. Preventing coarse fishing for three months allows an uninterrupted spawning period which increases spawning success, in addition to providing wider environmental benefits. All the money the Environment Agency receives from rod licence sales is spent improving fisheries. People who don’t buy a licence are cheating their sport and other anglers so we urge people to help us crackdown on unlicensed anglers by reporting this illegal activity to us on 0800 80 70 60”

An annual rod licence for the 2012/13 season remains at 2011 prices, costing £27 for non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels or £72 for salmon and migratory trout. Concessionary licences, which cost £5, are available to juvenile anglers (aged 12-17). Anglers under 12 do not require a licence.
Anglers over 65 and anyone with a Blue Badge parking concession or in receipt of Disability Living Allowance also pays the concessionary adult rate of £18 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels) and £48 (salmon and migratory trout).
One to eight-day licences for occasional anglers are also available for £3.75 and £10 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels) or £8 and £23 (salmon and migratory trout).
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:51 pm

Great results for the EA:

07-Jun-2012

Over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, Environment Agency officers in the Midlands caught a number of rod licence evaders.

This enforcement activity is part of a national rod licence blitz at fisheries that are known to have a higher-than-average rod licence evasion rate.

Officers in the Environment Agency's Midlands Environmental Crime Team checked 1417 anglers over the course of the weekend and 121 offences were recorded.

Environmental Crime Team leader Al Watson said: "Every licence evasion means less money to spend on protecting and improving the nation's fisheries. Anglers will spend a lot of money on fishing tackle, day tickets, bait and travel, so it is disappointing that they fail to buy a £27 rod licence. At 52p per week it is great value.

“Anglers risk losing their equipment when they avoid buying a licence. They can easily buy one from a Post Office, on-line or by telephone. If anglers sign up to buy their rod licence by direct debit, we will automatically post their new licence each year in time for the new season - there is no excuse.”

To buy a rod licence by direct debit, email us at enquries@environment-agency.gov.uk or call us on 03708 506 506.

Alternatively purchase a rod licence by calling 0844 800 5386 or visiting www.postoffice.co.uk

For more info on ways to pay visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/31497.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:44 pm

thats a lot of anglers caught good work by the ea.
i said before the fishery/lake that you have to buy a ticket for on the day should
check to make sure that anglers have a licence before they can buy a ticket.
this used to happen at frant lake years ago when i fished it as the ea where always
catching people fishing without licenses so the ea told them to check before they
issued tickets from there little cabin.
then if any angler is caught without a licence after buying a day ticket from the fishery then
they should be fined as well as they need to do there bit as well as elmbridge council park patrol
check rod licenses and also had plastic police check my licence up the wandle and on a little estate
pond as well as cant be that hard......
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:50 pm

Absolutely agree John, produce your licence before they will sell you a ticket, seems so simple, don't know why they don't all do it.

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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:50 am

That will only work if the commercial fishery is licensed to sell a license, they won't turn away business.

A popular fishery I visit has approx 300 visitors on a weekends during BST. If you work it out 10% evasion over those weekends that's about 12k a year.

The risk would outway any fine by the EA.
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:10 am

That shouldn't be very difficult to arrange, it's just IT. A matter of making a PC or smartphone application available on site. It's already easy to buy a 1-day licence online from the post office, £3.75, they don't even post anything to you, just give a reference number. Some fisheries already do this.

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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:06 am

Well I got checked at Bury Hill last weekend, The Baliff asked me If I had a license before fishing but didnt ask to see it so I could have fibbed. A few obviously did as he caught a few out.
However fished Twynersh a few months back and they wouldnt sell me a ticket without producing it first.
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:01 pm

I've never been asked for my license by the management of a commercial, just looked at my 2011 diary and i fished a commie on 73 occassions, 2012 it stands at 33.

I fished OBH on Wednesday this week and wasn't asked.

However I should say you are 100% right, a commie shouldn't be allowed to operate without a check in place !!!
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:43 pm

Report fresh off the press, thanks to Stuart at the EA West Thames for sending it over:


Rod licence Bank Holiday blitz
Environment Agency fisheries bailiffs were out in force over the Bank Holiday weekend, checking that anglers were fishing legally and held a valid licence. Despite the weather, they found 7175 anglers fishing at 631 fisheries across England and Wales.
Almost 500 anglers (nearly 7%) were found to be fishing without a licence.

Paul Lidgett, Fisheries Officer with the Environment Agency said, “Every pound from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fisheries. Those who choose not to buy a licence are not only cheating their fellow anglers, but also risk a court appearance and a hefty fine. And there really is no excuse - we’ve kept the cost of a licence the same again this year and it is so easy to buy a licence on-line, over the phone or at the Post Office.”

The Environment Agency also continued its campaign against out of season coarse fishing during May, with over 150 patrols in England and Wales. Fisheries enforcement patrols reported a further 56 anglers for fishing in the close season during the month, bringing the total so far to 123.

The patrols also detected other offences, such as unlicensed fishing. Despite the recent rain, which has helped to boost river levels, a return to dry weather could see river levels recede again. Patrols will also help officers spot any fish in distress during drought conditions.

Paul Lidgett continued, “We will maintain regular patrols and respond to reports during the closed season right up to 16th June. Anyone tempted to break the rules should think again. They risk a court appearance and a fine of up to £50,000 if convicted.”
“Anyone witnessing illegal fishing incidents in progress can report it directly to the Environment Agency hotline, 0800 80 70 60. Information on illegal fishing and environmental crime can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

“Our licence patrols will continue as the season gets underway, to make sure no one is tempted to fish without a licence.”

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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:51 pm

Less than 1 evader per water on average. Except in the Midlands!

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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:14 pm

Every pound from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fisheries. Those who choose not to buy a licence are not only cheating their fellow anglers, but also risk a court appearance and a hefty fine.

thats all well & good, but the money from fines doesn`t go where it should,
it goes to the treasury, the licence dodgers aren`t even forced to buy a rod licence before they leave court.
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PostSubject: Re: EA plan Bank Holiday blitz on license checks   Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:46 pm

Good point Brian, at least forced to buy a licence, very good point.
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