Environment Agency Prosecutions – Fishing without a licence
As well as representing those being investigated or charged with crimes, Mansfield crime solicitor Tim Haines also prosecutes on behalf of the Environment Agency. He recently prosecuted several anglers for fishing without a licence.
Although some may view such offending as unimportant, the funds raised from the sale of fishing licences are used to improve fish stocks and promote angling. The money raised will be spent on dealing with the effects of pollution and disease, as well as eradicating invasive species and improving fish habitats.
Without the necessary licence, an angler can soon find that he has had an expensive day out.
Fines for fishing without a licence
The five Nottinghamshire anglers that were prosecuted were guilty of fishing without a licence. Between them they had to pay penalties totalling £4,265.
They were caught fishing without a licence during a routine patrol carried out by Environment Agency bailiffs. These patrols are carried out to ensure that the future of angling is protected for the vast majority of anglers who fish legally. An annual rod licence is currently only £30.
Applying for a licence
The Environment Agency has recently simplified the process of applying for a rod licence. The application can be made online. Changes have been made to simplify the process including:
- Free licences for junior anglers, up to the age of 17
- The fishing licence will now last for 12 months from the day it is bought. Previously they expired at the end of March every year
- Anglers now need only one licence to use three rods, rather than the two licences that were needed previously.
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