Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

THE Vol­un­tary Bailiff Ser­vice is now re­cruit­ing more Phase 1 vol­un­teers to join the 250 an­glers al­ready trained to re­port in­ci­dents and sup­port the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and po­lice in pro­tect­ing fish and fish­eries.

The VBS is funded by fresh­wa­ter rod-li­cence in­come and cov­ers the whole of Eng­land, sub-di­vided into six re­gions.

Phase 1 vol­un­teers are trained by the An­gling Trust, EA and po­lice, and re­port via an on­line, se­cure web­site. They have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in joint pa­trols with the EA and po­lice, and re­ceive on­go­ing train­ing.

Phase 2, in which care­fully se­lected vol­un­teers are trained and em­pow­ered to di­rectly sup­port and work along­side the EA, is cur­rently be­ing in­tro­duced as a pi­lot project in the South East Re­gion.

The next six Phase 1 in­duc­tions will be held this au­tumn – any­one wish­ing to ap­ply for VBS should email karen.sarkar@an­

Over 250 an­glers have al­ready been trained as vol­un­teer bailiffs.

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