MP’S worry over il­le­gal fish­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

CITY MP Ste­wart Jack­son has raised con­cerns in Par­lia­ment over poach­ers fish­ing il­le­gally on the River Nene near Peter­bor­ough.

The move fol­lows an ET ar­ti­cle which re­vealed gangs of poach­ers are be­lieved to be ag­gres­sively fish­ing sec­tions of the river from Peter­bor­ough, through Whit­tle­sey and on to Wis­bech, be­fore sell­ing the fish on the black mar­ket.

Mr Jack­son asked MP Richard Benyon, a Par­lia­men­tary Un­der-sec­re­tary of State for environment and fish­eries, what the Environment Agency would be do­ing to com­bat the prob­lem.

Mr Benyon re­sponded by re­fer­ring to the agency’s Build­ing Bridges project, which seeks to ed­u­cate mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties, such as those from East­ern Europe, about the law.

Re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion on the Nene, Mr Benyon said: “A project of­fi­cer has been ap­pointed to ex­plain our cul­ture and fish­eries leg­is­la­tion to these com­mu­ni­ties. An an­gling event to pro­mote this was held in Cam­bridgeshire in late Novem­ber.”

Mr Jack­son, speak­ing af­ter the an­swer was pro­vided, said: “I wanted to en­sure the min­is­ter was aware that we do have some is­sues on the River Nene and that ac­tion was be­ing taken at a govern­ment level as it is caus­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of up­set.”

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