MP’S worry over illegal fishing
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.”