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Fisheries Enforcement Support Service

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Kevin Pearson blue shirt x350pxNational Enforcement Manager, Dilip Sarkar MBE (centre) with Intelligence Manager Gary Thomas (second left) and five of our six Regional Enforcement Managers; from left: Nevin Hunter (SW), Paul Thomas (Eastern), David W Wilkins (SE), David Lees (NW), and Giles Evans (NE). Not present on the day was Kevin Pearson (Midlands), pictured right. All are highly experienced retired police officers and passionate anglers.

The ‘FESS’ is a partnership between the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, and funded by English freshwater rod licence income. The FESS went ‘live’ on 1st November 2015, following the Angling Trust being awarded the National Angling Strategic Services contract by the Agency.

FESS managers are all retired police officers of immense experience – and, as anglers themselves, perfectly understand this issue and required response.

The FESS builds on the groundwork and vision firmly laid between 2012-2015 and exists to support the Agency, the statutory lead on fisheries enforcement, through:
  • Coordinating a multi-agency approach to fisheries crime and compliance, encouraging a partnership approach.
  • Raising awareness throughout the police service, Crown Prosecution Service and Magistrates’ Association.
  • Helping advise the police and Agency, and helping put things right should the service fall short.
  • Increasing incoming intelligence and sharing of that information.
  • Upskilling the angling community through Fisheries Enforcement Workshops and the provision of expert advice to angling clubs and fisheries.
  • Delivering the Voluntary Bailiff Service throughout England, empowering anglers to contribute to fisheries enforcement.
  • Delivering the Building Bridges Project, aimed at the education and integration of migrant anglers.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Enforcement Manager for professional enforcement advice. Contact details can be found here.

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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