Anglers caught on the bank without a rod licence are being named and shamed on an online list designed to combat illegal fishing.
At the touch of a button anyone can now access the damning list which contains the names and addresses of those that have been caught fishing without the required paperwork by the Environment Agency.
The Prosecution List, which is published on the Angling Trust’s website on a monthly basis, also contains other information such as where each offender was fishing when they were apprehended, along with details of the offence and the fine received.
Last year EA officials checked more than 80,000 licences and prosecuted almost 3,000 illegal anglers, who between them were ordered to pay in excess of £335,000 in fines.
It’s hoped that the publication of the new list will act as a deterrent to those who don’t pay the £27.00 for an annual Environment Agency coarse fishing licence.
“We hope that the prosecution list will send a clear message to licence dodgers who are cheating the sport,” said Paul Lidgett, Environment Agency fisheries manager.
“The EA rely on the income from rod licences to continue the important work that we do to protect and improve the nation’s fisheries.
The Prosecution List will be published around the middle of every month with details of the previous month’s offenders. It only refers to prosecutions of anglers that were conducted by the courts in England in the month stated.
“We fully support the Environment Agency in taking a tough line with those who cheat their fellow anglers because it’s a disgrace and won’t be tolerated,” said Angling Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd.
“This list will also be a great help to clubs and fisheries who want to identify licence cheats.”
You can view the Prosecution List by using this link: www.anglingtrust.net/prosecutions