Anglers caught in illegal fishing blitz

Anglers caught in illegal fishing blitz

Published at 10:06am 25th August 2015. (Updated at 5:28pm 25th August 2015)

Environment Agency fisheries enforcement teams have been clamping down on illegal fishing across Yorkshire.

Officers visited 18 fisheries on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, checking a total of 235 anglers and reporting 49 people for fisheries offences.

Patrols focused on a range of illegal fishing and fishing without a valid rod licence.

Peter Mischenko, fisheries officer at the Environment Agency in Yorkshire, said: "The number of anglers caught red-handed is testament to how seriously we take illegal fishing, but worryingly it shows a blatant disregard for the law and the health of fisheries.

"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."

Fishing without a rod licence can result in a fine of up to £2,500.

The Environment Agency's work is intelligence-led, meaning that work is focused on areas where there are reports of evasion or known illegal hotspots.