It comes after a clampdown on illegal fishing in which 118 spot checks were carried out to ensure anglers were properly licensed and fishing within the rules.
The Environment Agency operation was carried out in Lincolnshire with the help from wildlife crime officers in the county and at Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, as well as volunteers from the Angling Trust.
Anyone fishing illegally can expect to be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £2,500, up to £50,000 for byelaw offences and a potential two-year prison sentence for illegal methods.
Lee Watts, fisheries enforcement officer for the East Midlands at the Environment Agency, said: “We take illegal fishing very seriously.
Venue: Great Gonerby Social Club, 8 High St, Great Gonerby, Grantham, NG31 8JP
Meeting starts at 1900hrs with tea and coffee served beforehand.
This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and Angling Trust and is a chance to tell us what YOU think our priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.
Environment Agency Fisheries Update.
Anglian Waters Services – Their role in preventing pollution.
The Coarse Fish close season – dabate, should the close season be retained?
Thames Fisheries Forum
17th, May, 2017
The Green Park Conference Centre
100 Longwater Avenue Green Park
Tea and Coffee served from 6.40pm
Meeting begins 7.00pm
In association with the Environment Agency
This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend
This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and Angling Trust and is a chance to tell us what YOU think our priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.
How do we improve the fishing on the River Kennet?
At the forum we will be exploring and debating the current condition of the River Kennet from an Angling perspective.
To do this we will have an “Expert” panel consisting of:
• Martin Salter – Angling Trust
• Stuart Keable – Environment Agency
• Charlotte Hitchmough – Action for the River Kennet
• Del Shackleford – Reading & District Angling Assoc.
• Simon Hughes – Thames Water
The members of the panel will give a short presentation of about 5 minutes outlining the work that their organisation is doing to improve the condition of the river and what benefit this may bring to fish stocks and angling. After the presentations we will then take questions from the floor “Question Time” style with Martin Salter acting as Chair. So if you fish the River Kennet and care about it’s fish stocks, then this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved.
It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of the venue, make sure you attend.
If there is a specific question you would like to ask at the meeting please let us know well in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org