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Nottingham anglers plead guilty to fishing without a licence

Two men from Nottingham have pleaded guilty at Wellingborough Magistrates Court to fishing illegally, in cases brought by the Environment Agency.

  • Two anglers from Nottingham receive total penalties of £382 for fishing without a licence.
  • An annual fishing licence costs from £33.
  • Fisheries enforcement officers clamp down on illegal angling to protect fish stocks and make fishing sustainable.

Two men from Nottingham have pleaded guilty at Wellingborough Magistrates Court to fishing illegally, in cases brought by the Environment Agency on Tuesday 13 February 2024.

Yacine Abdi, 21, of Windmill Close pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence at Holme Pierrepont – River Trent, Nottingham on 9 June 2023. He has received a total penalty of £177, including a fine of £30, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £12.

Mohamed Al Jalam, 21, of Byfield Close also pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence at Holme Pierrepont – River Trent, Nottingham on 9 June 2023.  He was handed a penalty of £205, including a fine of £50, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Following the verdict, a spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

“We hope the penalties these anglers have received sends out a message to others that illegal fishing is taken seriously and those who flout the law can expect to face enforcement action.

“They could have bought a one-day rod licence for just £6.60, or an annual licence costs from £33, which would have avoided both the fine and court process, so this has proved costly for them.

“Fishing illegally can incur a fine of up to £2,500 and offenders can also have their fishing equipment seized. We inspect rod licences 24/7, seven days a week to check on cases of illegal fishing and for those caught cheating the system, we will always prosecute.

“Illegal fishing undermines the Environment Agency’s efforts to protect fish stocks and make fishing sustainable.  Money raised from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries for the benefit of legal anglers.”

Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence to fish. A 1-day licence costs from just £6.60, an 8-day licence costs from £13.20, and an annual licence costs from £33 (concessions available). Junior licences are free for 13 - 16-year-olds. Licences can be bought up to 30 days before they are needed to start.

Licences are available from www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-led, targeting known hot-spots and where illegal fishing is reported.

Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency incident hotline 24/7 on 0800 807060 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fisheries enforcement blog: Fisheries Enforcement 2023: A Year of Action and Collaboration  - Creating a better place (blog.gov.uk)

Further information

Both anglers were charged with the following offence:

In a place where fishing is regulated fished for freshwater fish or eels by means of an unlicensed fishing instrument, namely rod and line. Contrary to Section 27(1)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.

Channel website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nottingham-anglers-plead-guilty-to-fishing-without-a-licence

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