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Environment Agency

Rod Fishing Byelaws If you suspect poaching you should contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and write down their incident number. Other offences such as fishing without a rod licence, illegal fishing methods, breach of local byelaws or damage to spawning grounds should also be reported to them. Byelaws apply to all waters, whether they are owned by angling clubs, local authorities or private individuals. If you see someone breaking these byelaws, for example fishing out of season then contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline immediately.

Taking Action To Tackle Poaching

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Poaching and fish theft has increased to such proportions over recent years that this is now of great concern to anglers - and a priority for the Angling Trust to address.

In the past, this problem has degenerated due to a general lack of awareness concerning the law and intelligence-led system; little understanding of the police's responsibility towards the criminal offences involved and wider criminal implications connected with poaching; little or no appreciation that this impacts not only on the environment but also on livelihoods; a lack of consistent partnership and intelligence-sharing between the enforcement agencies, and a lack of awareness by the courts.

To help address the problem, the Angling Trust has set up the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS), headed by Dilip Sarkar MBE, an experienced police officer and life-long angler, as our first National Enforcement Manager. Click here to read all about FESS

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