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|Agency officers distribute the ultimate guide to fishing|
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Feb 10 2003, 05:50 (UTC+0)
|From: Dtidmarsh : |
Essential reading for anglers will be available at Environment Agency offices from today, when the latest edition of the fishing guide ‘Fishing in the South’ is launched.
This handy book is an indispensable mine of information about freshwater fishing opportunities across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
More than two hundred fisheries were approached, to ensure the most up to date and relevant information is at the fingertips of anglers in the Region. There are also details on fishing opportunities for disabled anglers, as well as on conservation, health and safety on the riverbank, bylaws and rod licence charges.
The funds raised from the Rod licence allow the Agency to continue its work to maintain and restore fisheries, restock rivers, improve the riverside habitat and to increase fishing opportunities, particularly for the young.
Environment Agency Fisheries Officers will be patrolling fisheries this weekend piled high with free copies of Fishing in the South for any new and visiting anglers they encounter. Ian Johnson, Regional Fisheries, Recreation, Conservation, Navigation & Biology Manager said "This is our best ever guide to Fishing in the South, it lists the excellent range of day ticket waters here in the South East. Our staff are taking copies out during licence checking patrols to provide free, to anglers that have just started the sport or are visiting the Region".
"Informing newcomers of the venues where they can easily fish, opens up the sport to both visitors and those wondering how to get started - Promoting fishing opportunities is an important part of our role. We just ask that all anglers enjoying a day’s fishing, make sure they have a valid fishing licence."
A blitz of well-known licence evasion areas over last weekend found that of the 951 anglers who were asked to produce a valid licence, 78 were unable to do so. Nine percent of Kent and Sussex anglers checked could not prove that they were correctly licensed, however Hampshire and the Isle of Wight anglers showed an improvement – with only a 4% evasion rate.
Ian Johnson commented, "Whilst I am very pleased with the improvement in Hampshire, I am amazed that despite our widespread announcements, some anglers failed to heed our advice to buy a licence. They were cheating themselves and their fellow anglers, as this income goes to pay for improving the fisheries across the South".
"Responsible anglers who respect the environment do not mind paying this nominal sum each year, so that they can benefit from better opportunities to catch fish from well stocked rivers and to enjoy glimpses of wetland wildlife living in a wide range of natural habitats".
"We have received tremendous support from the honest majority as we seek to crack down hard on those who think that they can just not bother to pay up. We will continue to make sure that illegal anglers are brought to book, it’s simply not fair on everyone else. Anglers could find that their dishonesty costs them dear with fines up to £2,500 for this offence".
"It is licence monies that have allowed us to produce the excellent ‘Fishing in the South’, and
I hope that those who have so far received copies of ‘Fishing in the South’ will find it useful when planning a relaxing day fishing. It really is the ultimate guide; an essential piece of kit!"
Copies of the guide are available at Environment Agency offices across Hampshire, Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight or by telephone on 01903 832239.
All licence types can be bought at any Post Office in England and Wales, and certain types directly from the Agency through its telephone sales line (0870 166 2662) or its new Internet sales service at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish.
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