We can’t af­ford to drop our guard on fish crime

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

WE can­not pre­tend that the sit­u­a­tion with East­ern Euro­pean an­glers is get­ting any bet­ter – in fact, if any­thing it’s get­ting worse.

The An­gling Trust-formed Build­ing Bridges pro­ject is great, but only if all par­ties want it to work – my sad ex­pe­ri­ences of late would point to just the op­po­site.

I had my li­cence checked by an En­vi­ron­ment Agency bailiff the other week and he told me a hor­ren­dous tale of some Lat­vians being caught on the Trent with 16 rods out and in pos­ses­sion of a num­ber of dead fish.

We must do all we can to pro­tect our fish stocks, par­tic­u­larly on nat­u­ral venues. So if you see some­thing that looks sus­pi­cious, report it and help solve the prob­lem.

Bury­ing our heads in the sand will not make it go away.

Char­lie Rig­gall, email

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