Press release

Illegal anglers caught fishing in Norfolk

Environment Agency bailiffs caught 4 people fishing without a licence when they went out this week in Norfolk.

Nick Beardmore, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer, found these anglers were fishing legally in Norfolk.
Nick Beardmore, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer, found these anglers were fishing legally in Norfolk.

Over 2 days, 2 officers checked 49 people and issued 11 offence report forms (ORF) to individuals that were unable to produce a licence on the day (a 22% evasion rate).

Lesley Robertson, Environment Agency Environmental Crime Team leader said:

‘These people were all fishing in places where it is legal to fish in the close season and the fact that most had a licence with them shows their commitment to staying within the law.

‘People issued with a form will be hearing from us soon about whether further action will be taken and they may end up with a court summons and a fine up to £2,500’.

An annual rod licence for the 2014/15 season remains at 2011 prices, costing £27 for non-migratory trout and char and freshwater (coarse) fish, smelt and eels or £72 for salmon and migratory trout.

Concessionary licences, which cost £5, are available to junior anglers (aged 12-16). Anglers under 12 do not require a licence.

Anglers over 65 and anyone with a Blue Badge parking concession or in receipt of Disability Living Allowance also pays the concessionary adult rate of £18 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater (coarse) fish, smelt and eels) and £48 (salmon and migratory trout).

One to 8-day licences for occasional anglers are also available for £3.75 and £10 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels) or £8 and £23 (salmon and migratory trout).

Licences may be bought from post offices, via the Environment Agency website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish) or by dialling 0844 800 5386.

An Environment Agency spokesperson:

‘We are aware of on line third party providers who offer to buy the rod licence for you. They charge up to £20 for this service and do not purchase the licence on your behalf immediately. You could unwittingly go fishing without a licence, be liable for prosecution and pay £47 for a £27 licence’.

Published 10 April 2014