RURAL SPECIALS CONDUCT RECORD FISHING ROD LICENCE CHECKS IN CLAMP-DOWN OPERATION:
On Saturday 4th February, Nottinghamshire Police's Rural Special Constables joined forces with the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust and Local Voluntary Bailiffs to conduct a fishing enforcement operation across the county.
The 15-strong-team visited a number of areas across the County, including Winthorpe, Newark, Gunthorpe, Hazelford, Lowdham and Collingham - carrying out high visibility patrols and checking a record-number of fishing rod licences; a total of 167 checks were carried out.
Three warnings were issued on the day to anglers who didn't have a licence to produce upon request - although subsequent checks revealed that they were to hold the relevant licence to fish.
Rural Special Sergeant, Mathew Ward, who heads up the Rural Pro-active team, said: "Our high visibility patrols are very much welcomed by those who lawfully fish on our waters and the vast majority of Anglers were extremely happy to see our officers working together with partnership agencies to combat illegal fishing."
The team travelled by vehicle, boat and foot to conduct patrols in popular and hard-to-reach locations throughout the day and engaged with hundreds of members of the public.
Special Sergeant Ward continued: "We will continue spreading the message that illegal fishing will not be tolerated through raising awareness and by taking enforcement action. Such activities can have a huge impact on the waterways, the local environment and those who go about their business in a lawful manner."
In order to be able to legally fish for Salmon, Trout, Freshwater Fish, Smelt or Eel with a rod and line in England and Wales, you must obtain a fishing rod licence and carry it at all times whilst fishing.
You can be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod licence and up to £5,000 for the theft of fish.
Nottinghamshire Police regularly patrol rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and canals across our county and work closely with partner agencies to combat such activities.
For more information in relation to rod licences, including how to purchase one, visit:
You can report a suspected incident of illegal fishing, including fish poaching via the Environment Agency's 24-hour hotline on: 0800 80 70 60