Fisherman fined £389 while fishing in Shropshire
David Norman, 36, had a fishing license to fish up to 2 rods. But he was fined £389 for fishing without the proper license to cover the number of rods he was fishing with at Marchamley Pool on May 21.
The case was brought by the Environment Agency to Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 26. The £389 penalty includes a £220 fine, £135 costs and a victim surcharge of £34.
Nichola Tomlinson, Fisheries Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said:
David Norman was rightly punished for fishing illegally in Hodnet, Shropshire in May this year. This case shows how seriously the courts take these offenses and we hope the high penalty will act as a deterrent to any angler considering fishing without a licence.
Illegal fishing can result in a fine of up to £2,500 and offenders can also have their fishing gear seized. We inspect rod licenses 24/7, to check for cases of illegal fishing.
The money from the sale of fishing licenses is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fishing, for the benefit of fishermen and, for those who cheat the system, we will always sue.
Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing in rivers, canals or calm waters, needs a valid license to fish. A day license costs from just £6 and an annual license from just £30 (concessions available). Junior licenses are free for 13 to 16 year olds. Licenses are available at 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 throughout the year and is supported by partners such as the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-driven, targeting known hotspots and places where illegal fishing is reported.
Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency’s 24/7 incident hotline on 0800 807060 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
David Norman was charged with the following offence:
On May 21, 2022 at Marchamley Pool, Hodnet, in a restricted fishing location, caught freshwater fish or eels using an unauthorized fishing instrument, namely a rod and line. Unlike Section 27(1)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.
He was fishing with 3 rods with only a 2 rod license; a 3 rod license is available for purchase.