Pike protection sought in
Environment Agency task Travelling the country Pike Anglers’ Club lobby
ACOMPLETE review of angling byelaws is being carried out by the Environment Agency.
As we revealed recently, a major review of the Close Season is well underway, but now the EA are in the process of updating their national and regional byelaws.
The Pike Anglers’ Club have already been to one meeting and hopes to gain special protection for Britain’s favourite, but under threat, predator.
An EA spokesman told Angler’s Mail: “We are in the early stages of reviewing our coarse and trout angling byelaws.
“The aim is to consolidate and rationalise as much as possible the large number of angling byelaws in force, to make sure that they are necessary to protect fish stocks and fisheries, and their requirements are clear to assist anglers in complying with them.
“We have replaced a range of local byelaws with single national byelaws in the past, such as specifications of keepnets.
“The EA has powers to make fisheries byelaws.
Any new byelaws would be formally advertised, allowing anyone to provide their views. Government takes account of the public response to our proposals and has the final say on what byelaws are confirmed.
“The Angling Trust is aware of this review, and we will be talking to them, as well as other angling organisations, as we begin to develop the options.
“The Close Season consultation, the National Angling Strategy and the review
The Pike Anglers’ Club is pushing for an end to any pike being allowed to be killed and taken away from waters for food, or used as bait.