New spot checks for illegal fishing

ARE YOU fishing legally?

Fisheries across the East of England will now be protected by a new team of full-time Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers, replacing the old system of seasonal part-time bailiffs.

As well as visiting fisheries and carrying out rod licence checks, officers will work closely with police and the angling community to gather intelligence and target illegal fishing, making better use of public money.

This means they could turn up anywhere, at any time, to disrupt illegal activities/

Spot checks will still continue and anglers should make sure they have the proper licence before they head out fishing, or they could have their equipment seized, be prosecuted and face a court fine of up to £2,500.

Payment can be made via direct debit, over the telephone on 0844 800 5386 or at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence.