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Anglers reminded rivers are off limits
8:56am Friday 16th March 2012 in Angling
Anglers across North Yorkshire are being reminded that rivers are now off limits as the close season starts.
The Environment Agency says the coarse fishing season will be closed and anyone caught breaking the rules may be prosecuted.
Fishing is still permitted on many canals and stillwaters, depending on landowner agreement.
Peter Mischenko, fisheries officer at the agency, said: “The river close season for coarse fishing is there for a reason. By preventing coarse fishing for three months, between March 15 and June 15, inclusive, it allows for an uninterrupted spawning period which increases spawning success, in addition to providing wider environmental benefits. Our fisheries enforcement officers will be doing regular patrols of waters during the close season and anyone found fishing illegally may face prosecution, and a hefty fine.”
Illegal fishing should be reported to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
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