Press release

No licence angler faces high costs

Fishing without a licence has cost a Cambridge angler almost £500.

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Caught by an Environment Agency bailiff fishing at Cawcutts Lake, Milton, 45-year-old Mark Traynier was unable to produce a licence.

He pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday (4 Nov) and was fined £335 and ordered to pay costs of £127.47 and a victim surcharge of £33.

Traynier, of Dolphin Close, Cambridge was caught in May this year.

After the hearing an Environment Agency spokesperson said:

People who don’t buy a licence are not only cheating other anglers and the future of the sport but running the risk of criminal conviction and a fine. There is no excuse – it costs just £27 for a whole year and you can buy it from the Post Office website

We track criminals on an intelligence led basis using information gathered by ourselves, partner organisations and reports from the public. We urge anyone to report illegal fishing as quickly as possible by calling our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Anyone fishing illegally can expect to be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £2,500 and up to £50,000 for byelaw offences. Last year, the Environment Agency checked over 62,000 rod licences and prosecuted more than 1,900 anglers for rod and line offences resulting in fines and costs in excess of £500,000.

Published 8 November 2016