Environment Agency targets Hampshire fish poachers

Salmon Enforcement officers are now carrying out extra patrols and surveillance at known poaching hotspots

Related Stories

Poachers are being targeted by the Environment Agency (EA) after an increase in fish thefts and illegal angling in Hampshire's rivers.

An EA spokesman said there had been 10 reports of illegal poaching in the last two months - an increase of about 50%.

Officers have increased patrols at poaching hotspots along the River Itchen and River Test.

Illegal fishing equipment, including a spear gun, have already been seized. Poachers face fines of up to £50,000.

Tim Sykes, from the EA, said: "Recently we have received increasing reports from responsible anglers of unscrupulous individuals using illegal and dangerous equipment to catch fish.

"These methods have the potential to harm wildlife, seriously damage fish stocks and our natural heritage, and ruin the sport for future generations.

"The Environment Agency is committed to eliminating illegal fishing."

The agency has asked the public to report anything suspicious such as nets, traps or set-lines, or if they see someone shining a light into a river at night.

Shops can also be fined if caught selling rod-caught salmon and sea trout, as fish must be sourced from licensed fisheries.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Weather

Southampton

27 °C 17 °C

Features

  • VigoroAnyone for Vigoro?

    The bizarre Edwardian attempt to merge tennis and cricket


  • Payton McKinnonLeft behind

    Why do so many children die in hot cars?


  • Dr Mahinder Watsa Dr Sex

    The wisecracking 90-year-old whose agony column is a cult hit


  • White Rhino, KenyaSky rangers

    How drones may be used to fight wildlife poaching in Africa


  • Picture of Beckie0 who runs Trichotillomania Youtube channelPulling hair Watch

    Six-year selfie goes viral on YouTube


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.