Pike pro­tec­tion sought in

En­vi­ron­ment Agency task Trav­el­ling the coun­try Pike An­glers’ Club lobby

Anglers Mail - - Front Page -

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.

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