The Environment Agency today announced that another £25 million from anglers’ licences will be ploughed back into improving fisheries this year.
Last year sales of rod licences broke records and similar sales are expected in 2010. All money raised by rod licence sales goes straight back into the sport.
This enables the Environment Agency to carry out work such as habitat improvement, monitoring of fish stocks, restocking and fish rescues – vital when angling is becoming more popular every year.
Licence funds are also used to help people take up fishing.
Anglers fishing in England and Wales must hold a valid rod licence.
The new licence year starts on April 1, and rod licences for the 2010/11 season are available now.
The attractive credit card-style licences show pictures by celebrated Wales-based wildlife artist David Miller, and this year feature either a barbel or a sea trout.
Prices for the 2010/11 rod licences are:
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Getting a rod licence is easier than ever - they can be bought or renewed online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence, by telephoning 0844 8005386 or at any Post Office in England and Wales.
The Environment Agency’s Head of Fisheries Mat Crocker said: “The new rod licences are available now and look great. Angling is more popular than ever, with more people taking part and more access to fisheries. Remember to buy a licence before you go fishing and get ready for what looks set to be a cracking year ahead.”