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Angling for action on illegal fishing
OVER the past few years, there seems to be an increasing trend towards illegal fishing of our rivers and lakes.
It seems to be prevalent in the Foss basin and other venues around York.
I fish the Foss basin regularly and have noticed many “anglers” who seem to have little idea how to handle fish after catching them, and whose equipment seems to be less than satisfactory. I suspect most do not have any Environment Agency rod licences.
Along with most other anglers, every year I dutifully pay out for my rod licence.
I wonder how much the agency spends on bailiffs to patrol the river banks to catch those unlicensed anglers? I have only once been asked for my rod licence in many visits to the river bank over the years.
Many of the fish, particularly pike, are killed, when true anglers would put them back unharmed. Others are often taken away, probably to be eaten or sold.
This is yet another form of pressure on freshwater fish stocks.
The Environment Agency should do something. Justify what we pay out on our rod licences to stop these unlicensed anglers.
Lee Maloney, Millfield Avenue, York.