Whitby anglers are being reminded that the close season for coarse fish in rivers has now come into effect.
Throughout the close season, which runs until 16 June, North Yorkshire Police officers will be working closely with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust to look out for illegal fishing and enforce the law on local rivers.
PC Hannah McPeake, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “Every year the close season prevents fishing in rivers for coarse fish for three months, to give them a chance to breed. Additionally, there is no fishing at Fairburn Ings, to protect nesting birds. The majority of anglers fish within the law, and we will be working closely with them and our partners to target the minority who do not. Anyone caught can expect to face prosecution and receive a substantial fine.”
Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust National Enforcement Manager, said: “This annual multi-agency operation is an important one, providing an ideal opportunity for all partners to work together to protect fish and fisheries. Our volunteers are trained to report incidents and information to a high evidential standard, contributing to the intelligence-led system, and are essential to this process. We are grateful to each and every one.”
Anyone who suspects illegal fishing should call North Yorkshire Police on 101.