The Environment Agency is reminding anglers of the importance of having a rod licence after 2 local anglers were ordered to pay more than £1,400 for fishing without valid Environment Agency rod licences.
Following the verdicts, an Environment Agency spokesman said:
Money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefiting all anglers. We hope that these cases will provide a deterrent for any angler thinking of fishing illegally.
James Boswell of Fettiplace Road, Abingdon was fined £440, ordered to pay £127 costs and a £44 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to fishing without a licence on 26 September 2015. Environment Agency officers found Mr Boswell breaking the rules at Culham, River Thames in Abingdon.
Tabeus Thraskevic of Morris Crescent, Oxford was fined £660, ordered to pay £127 costs and a £66 victim surcharge after a charge of unlicensed fishing was proved in his absence. On 25 September 2015, Environment Agency officers found Mr Thraskevic breaking the rules at Donnington Bridge in Oxford.
The cases, heard at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 25 April 2016, were brought by the Environment Agency.
As well as cheating other anglers, fishing illegally can carry a hefty penalty. Getting caught without an appropriate licence could land you with a fine of up to £2,500.
Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.