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Nottinghamshire angler caught fishing illegally to pay £700

A Nottinghamshire man has been found guilty of fishing illegally on two counts in a case brought by the Environment Agency.

  • Fishing without a licence and leaving his fishing rod in the water has cost an angler from Newark a total penalty of £731
  • Fisheries enforcement officers clamp down on illegal angling to protect fish stocks and make fishing sustainable

Ramunas Zukauskas, 32, of Newark was found guilty in absence at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 15 January 2024. He has received a total penalty of £731 for leaving his fishing rod in the water and for fishing without a licence at the River Trent, Newark Dyke on 1 July 2023.

The penalty includes fines of £220 and £200, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £176. An annual fishing licence costs from £33.

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

“We hope the penalty this illegal angler has received will act as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking of breaking the laws and byelaws we have in place across England.

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“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, and an annual licence costs from £33 (concessions available). Junior licences are free for 13 – 16-year-olds.

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.

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