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Looking After The Environment

Fish For Years to Come

Fishing isn’t just about the catching the biggest, or the most. It’s about feeling the breeze on your face, watching the sunrise, seeing baby grebes hitching a ride on their mother’s backs, a flash of electric blue as a kingfisher darts by, or the hoot of an owl as you head for home. All the things you won’t experience if you stay at home.

Fishing really can cast its spell on you. Try watching a float; waiting for that magical moment when a fish pulls it under, and you’ll soon discover what spellbound really means. That’s the magic of fishing.

In the UK, the Environment Agency is the body that works to look after our waterways and the wildlife that lives there, staying on top of things like water quality, pollution, littering, and ensuring both fish and wildlife stocks are plentiful and safeguarding for the future.

If the worst happens...

If you're out fishing and have a problem, the following advice could be essential in helping you enjoy your fishing experience:

  • Never attempt to restrain an injured swan (or other large bird or animal) by holding onto the line. This can cause severe injury and heightened trauma. For swans and geese cut the line and report the incident as soon as possible to the rescue organisations below. Smaller birds may be freed at the time of the incident, or held comfortably in a small box or other dark space if treatment is required.
  •     National Swan Sanctuary hotline: 01784 431 667
  •     RSCPA: 08705 555 999
  •     Wildlife Hospital Trust: 01844 292 292
  •     Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60 (Please only call this number if the incident you are reporting is related to a suspected pollution incident)

What to do if you see fish in trouble...
To report fish in trouble please call the EA incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone*, 24 hour service). *Calls from mobile phones are not free and will be charged at normal network operator's call rates.
Whether you're an angler or a fishery owner, if you see fish doing any of the following, report it on 0800 80 70 60:

• gulping for air
• swimming very slowly in large groups
• staying in one place near the surface
• floating on the surface

Code of Conduct booklet

A Code of conduct for specialist coarse anglers has been produced by the Specialist Anglers Alliance (SAA):

Download A code of conduct for specialist coarse anglers (PDF, 31KB)

Environment Agency Rod Licences

To fish in the UK, you need an Environment Agency rod licence. Each licence covers you for two rods, though separate licences are available for Salmon fishing between March and June. This rod licence must be renewed every year, and is also available as a one-day or one-week licence should you just wish to try fishing before spending the full amount on a licence. You can buy one ONLINE by clicking HERE.

The Environment Agency also has a website packed with advice on fishing. See Environment Agency Website.

You can also:

  • Buy your rod licence at your local Post Office (England and Wales and selected Post Offices in Scotland)
  • Buy your rod licence over the phone – 0844 800 5386 (lines are open from 8.30am to 8 pm daily from March to September excluding Bank Holidays except Good Friday and Easter Monday and 8.30 am to 6 pm from October to February, Monday to Saturday)
  • Buy your rod licence by direct debit - 03708 506 506 (lines are open 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday)
  • Buy your rod licence by retained agent – please contact the EA customer contact centre to find which locations also sell rod licences – 03708 506 506

Other useful agencies in Angling:

  • Anglers' Conservation Association (ACA)
  • Angling Trades Association (ATA)
  • National Convention for the Welfare of Swans and Wildlife
  • National Federation of Anglers (NFA)
  • RSPCA
  • Specialist Anglers Alliance (SAA)

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