A Newark Angler has been fined more than £700 for illegal fishing
- Fishing without a license and leaving his fishing rod in the water cost a Newark fisherman a total fine of £731.
- Fisheries enforcement officers crack down on illegal fishing to protect fish stocks and make fishing sustainable
Ramunas Zukauskas, 32, of Byron Close was convicted in his absence at Northampton District Court on Monday 15 January 2024. He received a total penalty of £731 for leaving his fishing rod in the water and fishing without a license in the River Trent. , Newark Dike on July 1, 2023.
The penalty includes fines of £220, £200 fines, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £176. An annual fishing license costs £33.
Following the ruling, an Environment Agency spokesman said:
“We hope that the punishment received by this poacher will act as a deterrent to anyone considering flouting the laws and regulations across England.
“Illegal fishing can result in a fine of up to £2,500, and violators can also have their fishing equipment confiscated. We check fishing licenses 24/7 to check cases of illegal fishing, and for those caught fishing Cheat the system, we will always be prosecuted.
“Illegal fishing undermines the Environment Agency’s efforts to protect fish stocks and make fishing sustainable. Funds raised from fishing license sales are used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries for the benefit of legal fishermen.”
Any angler aged 13 or over who fishes a river, canal or backwater will need to obtain a fishing licence. A single day license costs just £6.60, and an annual license starts from £33 (privileges available). Beginner licenses are free for children ages 13-16.
Licenses are available at www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-based, targeting known hotspots and where illegal fishing is reported.
Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can call the Environment Agency’s incident hotline 24/7 on 0800 807060 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Ramunas Zukauskas was charged with the following crimes:
On the 1st day of July 2023 at the Trent River – Newark Dyke, Newark left a rod and line with its bait or hook in the water unattended or such that the person is not at any time able to have control or exercise adequate control over said rod and line in contravention of Regulation 10 of the Regulations National Environment Agency which came into effect on 27 May 2001 and which was made under section 210 and Schedule 25 of the Water Resources Act 1991 and contrary to section 211 of the said Act.
On the 1st day of July 2023 at the Trent River – Newark Dike, Newark at a place where the fishing of freshwater fish or eels by means of an unlicensed fishing tackle, namely rod and line, is regulated. Other than section 27(1)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.