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Clampdown on Hampshire poachers
5:10pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
THE ENVIRONMENT Agency is waging war on fish poaching and illegal angling in Hampshire.
Specialist teams of enforcement officers will step up patrols and surveillance at known poaching hotspots, and anyone caught poaching fish will face a £50,000 fine.
The crackdown comes after the Environment Agency has received reports of illegal fishing and evidence of increased poaching. Recently officers seized poaching equipment which included a spear gun and a weighted hook that is used to impale fish.
Tim Sykes of the Environment Agency said: “We are committed to eliminating illegal fishing. We urge anglers and the public to report any suspicious nets, traps or set-lines they come across. We take illegal fishing very seriously and will look to prosecute perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.”
If anyone thinks that they have seen any poaching they can phone Environment Agency on 0800 807060 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.