The Environment Agency has today (Tuesday 28th October, 2008) named Mathew Crocker as its new Head of Fisheries.
Mathew, a keen angler who has worked for the Environment Agency since it was formed in 1996, takes over from current Head of Fisheries Dafydd Evans. He will begin his new role on 1st November 2008, for one year.
Dafydd, who has been Head of Fisheries for over four years, has taken up a year’s assignment in the Anglian region of the Environment Agency.
Speaking on his priorities in his new role Mat commented: “Dafydd has made huge strides as head of fisheries, including persuading government to modernise freshwater fisheries legislation through the Marine Bill.
“I look forward to building on Dafydd’s work by making the most of the forthcoming legislation changes which will help us better tackle illegal fishing and practices which could damage the environment.
“I also look forward to taking the opportunities presented by the Water Framework Directive to create a better quality environment where fish will thrive.”
Mat Crocker starts his role as head of fisheries on 1st November. He is pictured here on Old Bury Hill Lake in Surrey. He is the one in the hat!