THE Environment Agency is urging anglers to use official routes to buy their rod licence after the design of this seasons permit was revealed.
Barbel, perch, and roach have all featured on it since it was made into a card style document in 2009 and officials have now announced that an image of a tench will appear on this year’s version.
Bosses at the EA are hoping more people than ever will get involved in the sport in 2014 but are warning against the dangers of purchasing a licence from websites they don’t endorse.
In recent years, various online companies have started charging an admin fee, often hiking the price up by over 50 per cent. Hundreds of fishermen fell victim to the scheme – which isn’t classed as illegal - leading to a surge of complaints.
In order to avoid a repeat performance anglers are now being directed to use the Post Office and an EA spokesperson said: “The price of an adult full season trout and coarse rod licence has been frozen at £27 and you will not be charged any additional fees if you purchase it through the Post Office.”
Current licences are set to expire on March 31 and the EA issued a stern reminder of the consequences of not renewing it.
“No matter where anglers choose to fish in England, they need a rod licence. The money raised by sales helps us to carry out vital work to protect fisheries and we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”
**To buy your rod licence online visit www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence**