Rethink the rod licence

At the moment you require a rod licence to fish on private land.

I think it's somewhat counter-intuitive that someone can buy land, fill it with water, stock it with fish, look after those fish but then have to pay a rod licence to the environment agency if they or a member of their club fish in it.

At the end of the day I don't think anyone should be fined £2500 and treated like a criminal if they are fishing on stillwaters on private land without a licence.

I believe, as do many others, that the rod licence should be limited to public stillwaters, flowing waterways and canals.
 

Why is this idea important?

At the moment you require a rod licence to fish on private land.

I think it's somewhat counter-intuitive that someone can buy land, fill it with water, stock it with fish, look after those fish but then have to pay a rod licence to the environment agency if they or a member of their club fish in it.

At the end of the day I don't think anyone should be fined £2500 and treated like a criminal if they are fishing on stillwaters on private land without a licence.

I believe, as do many others, that the rod licence should be limited to public stillwaters, flowing waterways and canals.
 

Trapping Licence for Crayfish (American Red Signal)

I think the need to obtain a trapping licence in order to catch American Red Signal Crayfish should be abolished and people should be activly incouraged to catch and eat them. I am a fisherman and my local river the Lee is full of them. I have copied the enviromental damage that these are causing below but also from a fishermans point of view they are making fishing in a lot of rivers and lakes in England almost impossible due to the fact that Crayfish will chew off any bait fished on the lake/river bed. A lot of clubs employ people to trap and remove them from thier waters but even this does not even make a dent in their population.

Environmental Impact

The signal crayfish has had a significant impact on the ecosystems it has colonised in Great Britain. It is a fast growing, highly fecund, aggressive, veracious species, which has few natural predators once it reaches maturity. Being omnivorous they will eat most small aquatic fauna and flora. Signal crayfish burrow, causing extensive damage to riparian verges and subsequently to the whole ecosystem. They predate on and out-compete a number of native species, including several environmentally important fish such as bullheads and stone loach, amphibians, and invertebrate species. Of particular note is the white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), the only native crayfish species in the U.K. The white-clawed crayfish has been in significant decline in parts of England for some time. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as pollution and habitat degradation, but an increasingly significant factor has been directcompetition and predation by signal crayfish. To compound the situation further, North American crayfish species, including the signal crayfish, carry a fungal infection called the crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci), which is lethal to European crayfish (including our native white-clawed crayfish) and has resulted in their eradication from a number of waters in England. The presence of signal crayfish places a major restriction on national efforts to protect and rehabilitate our native crayfish species.

 

Why is this idea important?

I think the need to obtain a trapping licence in order to catch American Red Signal Crayfish should be abolished and people should be activly incouraged to catch and eat them. I am a fisherman and my local river the Lee is full of them. I have copied the enviromental damage that these are causing below but also from a fishermans point of view they are making fishing in a lot of rivers and lakes in England almost impossible due to the fact that Crayfish will chew off any bait fished on the lake/river bed. A lot of clubs employ people to trap and remove them from thier waters but even this does not even make a dent in their population.

Environmental Impact

The signal crayfish has had a significant impact on the ecosystems it has colonised in Great Britain. It is a fast growing, highly fecund, aggressive, veracious species, which has few natural predators once it reaches maturity. Being omnivorous they will eat most small aquatic fauna and flora. Signal crayfish burrow, causing extensive damage to riparian verges and subsequently to the whole ecosystem. They predate on and out-compete a number of native species, including several environmentally important fish such as bullheads and stone loach, amphibians, and invertebrate species. Of particular note is the white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), the only native crayfish species in the U.K. The white-clawed crayfish has been in significant decline in parts of England for some time. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as pollution and habitat degradation, but an increasingly significant factor has been directcompetition and predation by signal crayfish. To compound the situation further, North American crayfish species, including the signal crayfish, carry a fungal infection called the crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci), which is lethal to European crayfish (including our native white-clawed crayfish) and has resulted in their eradication from a number of waters in England. The presence of signal crayfish places a major restriction on national efforts to protect and rehabilitate our native crayfish species.

 

EU Common Fishery Policy quotas

Bring an end to the lunacy of the current EU Common Fishery Policy quotas that do the very opposite of what they originally set out to achieve.

This will not happen until such time as the Commission, its advisers and those policing its policies get it into their tiny minds that there can be no conservation whilst we continue to return large quantities of perfectly healthy but unwanted or immature fish to the sea – dead.

A quota regime that totally ignores in its calculations that portion of the catch that is discarded has no place in a conservation policy. It is high time that any controls were based on the entire catch and not just on the landed portion.

Other than EU politicians, who will defend their beloved quota until the seas dry up, this failing is universally recognised especially by fishermen themselves.

What is surely needed is a quota based on catches not landings, a requirement to land the entire catch, a system that will allow governments to make local decisions to ban fishing in areas from which large volumes of immature fish are being taken and an increase in net mesh size if appropriate.

(I don't know how this diktat is integrated into British law – presumably it's there somewhere!)

Why is this idea important?

Bring an end to the lunacy of the current EU Common Fishery Policy quotas that do the very opposite of what they originally set out to achieve.

This will not happen until such time as the Commission, its advisers and those policing its policies get it into their tiny minds that there can be no conservation whilst we continue to return large quantities of perfectly healthy but unwanted or immature fish to the sea – dead.

A quota regime that totally ignores in its calculations that portion of the catch that is discarded has no place in a conservation policy. It is high time that any controls were based on the entire catch and not just on the landed portion.

Other than EU politicians, who will defend their beloved quota until the seas dry up, this failing is universally recognised especially by fishermen themselves.

What is surely needed is a quota based on catches not landings, a requirement to land the entire catch, a system that will allow governments to make local decisions to ban fishing in areas from which large volumes of immature fish are being taken and an increase in net mesh size if appropriate.

(I don't know how this diktat is integrated into British law – presumably it's there somewhere!)

Envirment agency rod licence in scotland

There should be no need to have a rod licence, when fishing on the Border Esk & Liddle river's.

It is an unjust law when someone in scotland is punished by an english agency.

There are no other river's in scotland affected in this way.

Why is this idea important?

There should be no need to have a rod licence, when fishing on the Border Esk & Liddle river's.

It is an unjust law when someone in scotland is punished by an english agency.

There are no other river's in scotland affected in this way.

Fishing Rod Licences

I cannot believe that fishing without a rod licence is a Criminal Offence.

This is is prepostorous and completely over the top.

On Saturday 2nd July 2010 there were two adverts on Channel 4 advising that fishing without a licence was a serious crime!!!!!

 

To spend money on TV advrtising and ciminalise oeople for fishing without a rod licence seems utterly stupid.

Why is this idea important?

I cannot believe that fishing without a rod licence is a Criminal Offence.

This is is prepostorous and completely over the top.

On Saturday 2nd July 2010 there were two adverts on Channel 4 advising that fishing without a licence was a serious crime!!!!!

 

To spend money on TV advrtising and ciminalise oeople for fishing without a rod licence seems utterly stupid.

Knife laws are stupid and infringe on fishermen and hunters.

Yes i want to carry a hunting knife when i go hunting illegal or not yet if i carry a fixed blade or locking knife over 3 inches out of the house i am imediatelly criminalised i want these laws scrapped.

Why is this idea important?

Yes i want to carry a hunting knife when i go hunting illegal or not yet if i carry a fixed blade or locking knife over 3 inches out of the house i am imediatelly criminalised i want these laws scrapped.

Right to fish in rivers running through publicly owned or managed land

British people should have the right to fish rivers that pass through public land without the need to join a private angling club. These rights to fish should be held by the local council and if required charged for by them in the form of fishing licences. The monies collected from these licences could then be used to monitor and stock the rivers at these areas. This would also create employment and freedom of british people to enjoy the waterways of this country.

Why is this idea important?

British people should have the right to fish rivers that pass through public land without the need to join a private angling club. These rights to fish should be held by the local council and if required charged for by them in the form of fishing licences. The monies collected from these licences could then be used to monitor and stock the rivers at these areas. This would also create employment and freedom of british people to enjoy the waterways of this country.

EU laws

. Do not slavishly adopt EU policy to the letter – treat them as guidelines for UK policy  e.g. fishing – Reduce fishery inspectors role to checking net size – do not prosecute fisherman for landing undersize fish.  Italy, France & spain all sell undersize fish in their major supermarkets – why shouldn't we?

Why is this idea important?

. Do not slavishly adopt EU policy to the letter – treat them as guidelines for UK policy  e.g. fishing – Reduce fishery inspectors role to checking net size – do not prosecute fisherman for landing undersize fish.  Italy, France & spain all sell undersize fish in their major supermarkets – why shouldn't we?

Fresh Water Fishing

My Idea is to get rid of the £27.00 Fresh Water Fishing Licence, it was always frre to fish on rivers and lakes when I was growing up in the 60/70s.

It is also hard for those who have retired and have to pay this fee, as fishing is relaxing and is good for younger and older people a like.

Its just a form of tax from the environment-agency to spoil peoples leisure activities in the uk

Why is this idea important?

My Idea is to get rid of the £27.00 Fresh Water Fishing Licence, it was always frre to fish on rivers and lakes when I was growing up in the 60/70s.

It is also hard for those who have retired and have to pay this fee, as fishing is relaxing and is good for younger and older people a like.

Its just a form of tax from the environment-agency to spoil peoples leisure activities in the uk