A man from Leicestershire though has been handed a whopping £600 fine after being found guilty of fishing without a licence in 2018.
The case was brought before the Northampton Magistrates Court on the 18th February 2019 where Michael Burton, who lives in Owen Street, Coalville was proved as ‘guilty in absense’ and was ordered to pay a collective total of £611.47. The price of an annual course fishing license would have cost the angler only £30.00 for the year.
After the verdict was given, the Fisheries Enforcement Officer for the Environment Agency, James Anderson, said the following:
What happens with the fishing license money?
All funds raised from the sales of freshwater fishing licenses are used to fund the fantastic work that the Environment Agency do to protect and improve fisheries and fish stocks.
Such tasks include:
- Providing better facilities for anglers to fish
- Tackling illegal fishing such as featured in this story
- Increasing and improving the stock of freshwater fish
- Working with other organisations to increase participation levels and ensure the long-term functioning of the Environment Agency in the future.
Do I need to buy a freshwater fishing license?
- Children under 13 do not need a licence
- Licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free. You’ll still need to get a junior licence.
- You may also need: Permission from the landowner if you’re fishing on private land, and, an additional licence to fish in locks or weirs on the River Thames
For more information on purchasing a freshwater fishing licence, please visit the Government website.
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