Coarse fish closed season finishes

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RIVERS in Sussex opened up to coarse anglers on Thursday June 16 as the annual coarse fish close season finished.

The coarse fish closed season on rivers, streams and drains is between March 15 to June 15 inclusive.

It is in place across England and Wales on rivers, streams and drains to protect fish before, during and after their breeding season, helping to increase fish stocks and secure angling for the future.

Environment Agency’s fisheries and biodiversity team Paul Newman said: “Starting from today, this year’s close season finishes meaning that coarse anglers are once again able to go on fishing on our rivers, streams and drains for coarse fish.

“This necessary break safeguards fish before, during and after their breeding season, resulting in increased fish stocks and better angling opportunities.

“Our fisheries officers will also be out on patrol across the county this week to ensure those that are fishing are do so legally.”

Anyone over the age of twelve requires a valid rod licence to fish in freshwater in England and Wales.

To find out where you can fish near to where you live visit the Environment Agency’s website.

Ensure you have a valid rod licence which can be bought at the post office, by telephone on 0844 800 5386, by direct debit or online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence.

Mr Newman added: “If you fish without a rod licence you are cheating other anglers.

“Money raised through rod licence sales is invested in fisheries work to benefit all anglers.”

To find out where to fish in your area and to download free fishing guides visit:

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/31445.aspx.