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23 September 2016
Fishing cheats land big fines in court!
Two London anglers had penalties of over £450 each imposed at St Albans Magistrate Court on 21 September 2016 for fishing without a
rod licence and taking fish without
permission,in contravention of national byelaws and schedule one of the Theft Act,at a trout fishery in Ware,Hertfordshire. (US !!)
Leonidas Kupcikovas and SlavkasKupcikovas,were caught by the Police fishing at night & were each fined £330 (plus £127
costs & £33 victim surcharge) when an Environment Agency annual licence costs just £27.
Environment Manager Debbie Jones said:
“We check licences across all fisheries in Hertfordshire, and work in partnership with fishery owners,and the Police to
detect and deter fisheries crime.People who don’t buy a licence are cheating other anglers and the future of the sport. The Environment Agency relies on the income from rod licences to continue the
important work we do to protect fish stocks, improve fisheries and encourage more people to take up fishing.”
If you are caught fishing without a rod licence you risk a criminal conviction and a fine up to £2500. There is no
excuse – Annual rod licences for trout and coarse fishing remain at £5 for 12 to 16 year olds, £18 for senior and disabled concessions and £27 for non-concessions. Children under 12 can fish for
free. Licences are easy to buy from the Post Office website or by phone on 03448005386 prior to fishing. Anglers should always ensure they have permission to fish at a fishery and check Environment
Last year, Environment Agency officers checked more than 62,000 licences and prosecuted more than 1900licence cheats.
Between them, they were ordered to pay fines and costs in excess of £600,000. To help crack down on unlicensed fishing the Environment Agency urges anyone to report illegal activity by calling 0800
80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Money raised from rod licence sales is reinvested in the environment, including a whole range of projects to improve
facilities for anglers, protect stocks from illegal fishing, plus fish restocking, invasive species eradication, and working with partners to encourage people to take-up fishing for the first
The money raised through rod licence sales is invested directly in fisheries work that benefits all anglers. The Environment
Agency either spends that money directly or through their partners the Angling Trust to deliver projects to maintain and improve the health of fish and to establish an infrastructure to develop the
sport of angling across England. Locally this means, protecting fish stocks through permitting and regulation.