Illegal anglers in the North East continue to be netted by Environment Agency

Thirty three cases of fishing without a valid rod licence were brought in front of the courts by the Environment Agency between August and October in the North East, resulting in £3,285 in fines and costs. 

“Fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish and eels in England and Wales requires a licence from the Environment Agency. Failure to have a licence is an offence. Those caught fishing illegally face tough penalties, including fines of up to £2,500 and a ban from fishing. This time around the courts fined the illegal anglers a total of £1,115 and charged them an additional £2,170 in costs,” explained Environment Agency fisheries technical specialist Philip Rippon.

“The protection of vulnerable fish stocks and increasing fishing participation are among the Environment Agency's key environmental objectives. The money raised through rod licence sales; some £19m, is invested directly in fisheries work that benefits all anglers. 

“Some anglers believe a licence is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. This is not the case. All rod licences expire on March 31.”

Buying a licence couldn't be easier – there are around 15,000 Post Offices and other outlets which sell them direct; and for a small additional charge they can be purchased over the phone (0870 1662662) or from our web site – www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence any time, day or night.