Press release

Angling ban threat following illegal fishing conviction

Illegal angler warned after Durham offence

Framwellgate Bridge, Durham

An angler caught fishing in a prohibited area in Durham was warned that he faces a ban if discovered fishing illegally again.

Jonathan Cummings, of Northlands, Chester-le-Street, was found guilty in his absence by North Durham magistrates on 17 March 2015 of an offence under local byelaws.

He was fined £110 and ordered to pay £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. The court warned him that he could be banned from fishing if he appeared again.

Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers caught Cummings fishing in the prohibited area below Framwellgate Dam on the River Wear in Durham on 5 August 2014.

The prohibited area is intended to provide protection to fish that congregate below weirs when travelling to their spawning grounds,

Environment Agency fisheries enforcement team leader Kevin Summerson said:

These byelaws are important for the protection of all species of fish, in particular at times when they are attempting to migrate upstream to reach spawning grounds.

Offences of this type can have a serious effect on the spawning at a time when salmon and trout are perceived to be in decline on many of the rivers in England.

Published 19 March 2015