Volunteer bailiffs carry out 976 patrols during second national lockdown

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Members of the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) have continued to help protect fish and fisheries during the Covid-19 crisis, carrying out 976 patrols and reporting 37 incidents of illegal fishing and wider crime to the Environment Agency and Police.

During the second national lockdown from 5th November to the 2nd of December, 144 Volunteer Bailiffs have been able to patrol their local waterways. Thanks to the success of the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again campaign, fishing was one of the first sporting activities to resume after the first lockdown and allowed to continue during the recent lockdown, although competitions were banned.

The Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) received very few notifications of Covid-19 breaches involving organised matches and most were dealt with by the Police by way of a warning. Comprehensive advice of what was allowed was widely circulated to Angling Trust members, the wider angling community and the Police in advance of the lockdown which avoided many misunderstandings.

Nino Brancato, National Enforcement Support Manager, said:

“We are really grateful that fishing was allowed to continue during Lockdown 2 which is a testament to the work put in by the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again campaign. Anglers once again demonstrated that they could continue with the sport they love in a safe and sensible manner, and the Voluntary Bailiff Service continued to patrol, helping protect our fish and fisheries by reporting to the Environment Agency and Police any incidents they came across.”

Heidi Stone, Environment Agency Fisheries Manager, said:

“The vast majority of people fish with a licence but there will always be some who try to fish illegally. That is why volunteers from the Voluntary Bailiff Service continue to be an invaluable source of information for the Environment Agency, helping us to direct our patrols where they are most needed.

“There has been a huge increase in the number of people taking up or returning to fishing this year since the first lockdown ended. By the end of October, we had sold over one million licences – generating more revenue to invest in fisheries and our angling community.”

Incidents of illegal fishing should be reported to the Environment Agency incident number 0800 80 70 60 or the Police on 101 to report a crime that does not require an emergency response or 999 to report a crime in progress.

The Voluntary Bailiff Service is part of the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, which is funded from freshwater fishing licence money as part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract with the Environment Agency.

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Irishhybrids

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Didnt think the Angling trust had any jurisdiction to be Bailiffs and police this
is this the case ?
 

rudd

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Didnt think the Angling trust had any jurisdiction to be Bailiffs and police this
is this the case ?
Just as much as myself and a few others on here have. Basically Bugger all.
I only ever check ticket and rules being followed but can ring our police liason officer if I suspect poaching or other crime is taking place.
 

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Am I right in thinking a fellow angler can’t ask to see your license anymore ? I know at one point they could.
 

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Am I right in thinking a fellow angler can’t ask to see your license anymore ? I know at one point they could.
On club waters, any member has the right to ask to see another members card. If they are in fact a member and do have a members card. If not you have every right to ask them to leave the water. I think the same still applies to day ticket waters which makes sense. Why should some scroat be allowed to fish for free while everyone else pays for the privilage.
 

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Yes, I know this is true on club waters and do so myself, but AT shouldn’t be on club waters anyway in theory as they have no right to be there, just thought the AT statement was odd and pointless, as if to say they trying to justify themselves .
 

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"On club waters, any member has the right to ask to see another members card."
That only applies to clubs that have it clear and distinct in their Rule Books/T&C of membership etc and all members are provided with the said book/rules on joining or throughout their membership.
Anglers unless employed by the fishery (day ticket) have no right to ask another to see their licence and I am sure they would soon get a "off" if they tried.
 

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Yes, I know this is true on club waters and do so myself, but AT shouldn’t be on club waters anyway in theory as they have no right to be there, just thought the AT statement was odd and pointless, as if to say they trying to justify themselves .
The ATVB's aren't checking club tickets and books though, they're checking rod licences and I beleive the AT receive payment from the Environment Agency towards the cost of the AYVB scheme to act as their representatives.
In doing so they have the same access rights as an EA bailiff to any fishery, private or otherwise.
 

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On club waters, any member has the right to ask to see another members card. If they are in fact a member and do have a members card. If not you have every right to ask them to leave the water. I think the same still applies to day ticket waters which makes sense. Why should some scroat be allowed to fish for free while everyone else pays for the privilage.
Sorry Carp Catcher. I was thinking rod license. I was under the impression years ago that a fellow angler had the right to ask to see your rod license. Mind, some of the places I fish your likely to get stabbed or shot if you asked. There’s no wonder the EA wear vests these days. Sorry matey I meant rod license. ?
 
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