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Angling Trust Brief Environment Agency Incident Communication Service Staff on Fisheries Enforcement


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The Environment Agency's Incident Communication Service staff in Sheffield are at the sharp end with their call-takers being the first point of contact when anglers call the EA Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (the number printed on the back of every angler's rod licence).

How these calls are handled is therefore crucially important and this is why the Angling Trust's National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE, and Adrian Saunders, Environment Agency Senior Advisor Incidents & Compliance, visited the EA Incident Communication Service on 4th May 2015 to brief staff on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and specific angling enforcement operations.

It is vital that all incidents in progress relating to angling related crime, and any information concerning offenders are reported because the entire enforcement system is "intelligence-led". Those calls provide the information upon which the police and Environment Agency act, and the volume of calls provides evidence of the extent of the problem, thus strengthening the argument for allocating more resources to serve angling.

Retired West Mercia Police officer Dilip Sarkar said: "Having some personal experience of working in an operations room, I fully appreciate what a difficult job call-handling is. I was genuinely impressed by everyone I met and everything I saw at the Environment Agency Incident Communication Service. Their staff are highly professional and dedicated - and now more aware and understanding of angling issues and why it is vitally important to convey exactly the right response.

All teams at the EA's Sheffield offices were briefed on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and specific operations, including TRAVERSE and the forthcoming LEVIATHAN. Briefings like this are key to getting everyone working consistently together towards the same aim, and this has been clearly communicated and understood. The EA's Incident Communication Service is fully supportive of the Angling Trust's approach and we look forward to working much more closely for the benefit of anglers with this all-important service.

The Environment Agency deals with the enforcement of rod-licensing and national byelaws. Relevant incidents and information should be reported to the Agency's 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60. A recently published Environment Agency reporting prompt guide can be downloaded from the Angling Trust website HERE.

The police deal with criminal offences, including fishing without permission (Schedule 1, Theft Act 1968), and the theft of fish (from enclosed waters, Sections 1 - 7 Theft Act 1968). These matters must be reported to the police via 101 or 999 as appropriate. Information regarding police reporting can be found in the Angling Trusts free "Guide for Anglers Reporting an Offence to the Police" PDF HERE.

Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers, either via 0800 555 111 or online at:

Photograph above:
Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE, at the Environment Agency's Incident Communication Service, Sheffield, pictured with Team Leader Freya Chappell and Supervisor Michelle Zagrodnik-Eyre.

For a high-resolution version of the image click HERE.

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