Anglers caught fishing without a licence are hit with hefty fines

Anglers caught fishing without a licence are hit with hefty fines

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

THREE anglers fishing without a licence in Formby and Ince Blundell caught more than they bargained after they were handed combined fines of £1,167.

Joe Edgar, of Baker Street, Huyton; Louis Cannon, of Knowsley Lane, Liverpool; and Anthony Wood, of Harsefinch Road, St Helens, were each ordered to pay £389 after appearing at North Cheshire Magistrates Court on May 11.

In October last year, while on patrol at Carrside Fishery near Ince Blundell, Environment Agency Fisheries Officers discovered Edgar and Cannon fishing illegally. Both failed to produce a fishing licence when asked.

On the same day, an Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer, who was on routine patrol in Formby, spoke to Wood, who was also found to be fishing without a licence at a popular fishing spot.

Following the verdict, Damien Linney, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer, said: “This case shows how seriously the courts take these offences and we hope the penalty will act as a deterrent to any angler who is thinking of fishing without a licence.

“Fishing illegally can incur a fine of up to £2,500 and offenders can also have their fishing equipment seized. We inspect rod licences throughout the North West and work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to check on cases of illegal fishing and other associated fisheries crime.

“Money raised from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefitting anglers. Those cheating the system risk prosecution and a criminal conviction.”

Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A one-day licence costs from £6 and an annual licence costs from £30 (concessions available). Junior licences are free for 13 - 16-year-olds.

Licences are available from or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386.

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