The EA had an Easter crackdown over the Bank Holiday weekend checking 421 rod licences and reporting 29 offences on North East river banks.
This is brilliant news for every genuine angler who buys a licence and pays for a permit to fish or for club membership.
Kevin Summerson, Fisheries Enforcement Technical Specialist at the Environment Agency, said:
It’s encouraging that the vast majority of anglers abide by the law, but there are still too many that we find during patrols that are fishing illegally.
We take illegal fishing very seriously – it’s not fair on other anglers and endangers the future of the sport.
Our work is intelligence led and we work closely with our partners at the police and Angling Trust to target known hot spots and where illegal fishing is reported to us.
We carry out enforcement work all year round and will be continuing throughout the coming weeks, including the upcoming Bank Holiday weekends.
We really want people to get outdoors and enjoy what is a fantastic sport, and the rod licence is great value for money for all the family.
I’d urge people to help us protect the health of our fisheries by reporting any suspected illegal activity to us.
Congratulations and thanks go to Kevin Summerson and his team who have sent a strong message out about fishing illegally in the North East.
Environment Agency officers routinely carry out licence checks and anyone with information about illegal fishing activities is urged to report it via the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Willington Club Bailiffs spend many thankless hours walking the river banks helping to reduce illegal fishing on our waters. You can help. If you have any suspicion about strangers fishing on WADAC waters this can be reported directly to the EA hotline but please remember to let the club know. Last year by logging as many incidents as possible we were able to gain extra help from the authorities in combating the problem, so please don’t hesitate to make that call, oh, and remember to carry your licence.