Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
TAC Members-Only Forum
If you have arrived here and not yet signed up as a member, then please first join at http://t-a-c.actionboard.net/register using your real name.

Forum Membership is with Real Names only.
Please create a Username that is your First Name and Surname eg. "Joe Bloggs"
(This will save our Admin team the need to contact you about changing it)

http://rivertac.org/membership


Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
 
HomeHome  TAC Home PageTAC Home Page  SearchSearch  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  
Navigation
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
Latest topics
» Thames TideFest 10th September 2017
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:51 pm by David Harvey

» Eel Trap Results 2017
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:47 pm by David Harvey

» Do you recognise any of these men?
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 pm by Ed Randall

» Roads closed everywhere ~ July 29th/30th ~ bike race
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:17 am by Ed Randall

» Better access to free Thames fishing in Reading
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 am by Ed Randall

» Eel screens on Water Works intakes
Tue May 23, 2017 10:26 pm by Julian Jones

» River Thames Conditions - Quick Dial Numbers
Sun May 21, 2017 10:00 am by Ed Randall

» Ap[ril showers? If only! Drought beckons...
Thu May 04, 2017 6:56 pm by Ed Randall

» Abbey river this Saturday (12/5/2012)
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Molesey Eel Monitoring Training ~ 29th April 2017
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:12 am by David Harvey

» Thames Water fined a record £20m for River Thames pollution
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:54 pm by Stephen Bond

» Crane Riverfly Training ~ May 6th 2017
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 am by Ed Randall

» TAC visit to Tideway Tunnel Exhibition in Parliament
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:32 am by John LeSurf

» "Citizen Crane" project - sampling dates
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:24 pm by Ed Randall

» Egham & Stains bankside enhancement followed by brewery trip
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:27 pm by Ed Randall

» SE Rivers Trust needs help on Hogsmill
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:23 pm by Ed Randall

» Crane volunteering opportunities
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:38 pm by Ed Randall

» Seal (with enormous fish) in Thames near Richmond Lock
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:34 am by Ed Randall

» [Petition] to eradicate size and catch limits for pike to be taken and culled
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:27 am by Ed Randall

» *Thames Tunnel (Tideway Tunnel)*
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:42 pm by Ed Randall

» reels for sale
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:51 am by JeffHowe

» A new address for 2017 ~ forum.rivertac.org
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:06 am by Admin

» New users - Registration issues
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:47 am by Ed Randall

» Shepperton river death - Van removed near Dockett Eddy Lane
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:54 am by Ed Randall

» EA Pollution incidents: 2015 evidence summary
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:04 am by David Harvey

» Ham & Petersham cleanup Saturday 19th Nov
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:01 pm by Ed Randall

» LIVE THAMES TEMPS AND CLARITY - TAC exclusive!
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:51 pm by Stephen Bond

» Citizen Crane Forum at ZSL - Mon 14th Nov 2016
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:36 am by Ed Randall

» fishing trolleys
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:23 am by Harry Notley

» Draw off 2016
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:24 pm by Ed Randall

Angling Data View
River Levels
UK Map

Thames Tides

Share | 
 

 Fisheries officers seize illegal traps on Tideway

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
Admin
Admin
Admin
avatar

Posts : 488
Join date : 2009-12-27

PostSubject: Fisheries officers seize illegal traps on Tideway   Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:37 pm

19th October
Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers have seized three illegal nets on the tidal River Thames in Greater London and Kent.

Officers on a river patrol today (Tuesday) uncovered the nets in the Barking, Bow and Greenwich areas. Among the nets found was an unattended gillnet, which can trap fish and wildfowl, and two homemade traps.

This latest find follows the discovery of 17 illegal traps at Greenhithe, Kent, on Saturday October 9, which were seized by officers following a number of calls from river users and the public.

Routine patrols are carried out on the Thames estuary as the Environment Agency enforces legislation to protect fish stocks. This includes a legitimate eel net fishery licensed and regulated by the Environment Agency which stretches up to Tower Bridge. This fishery has developed as water quality in the Thames has improved.

European eel stocks are at a historic low and continue to decline. Loss of habitat and barriers to migration are believed to be the main causes for this decline in England and Wales.

The Environment Agency wants to ensure eel fisheries continue to be sustainable, but also that they do not increase pressure on stocks.

Carl Rasey, an Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officer, said: “These discoveries are disappointing, as legitimate eel netsmen respect the rules.

“Whoever has set these traps is in breach of an emergency close season and has also allowed them to dry out, which is a separate offence. Whilst these traps are primarily set for eels, they often catch a range of other species which will die if the traps are left exposed at low tide.

“Eel populations are declining across Europe but if we want to ensure that Thames eel fisheries continue to be sustainable then this sort of irresponsible behaviour is unacceptable. We would urge anyone who sees suspicious-looking traps to contact us immediately.”

There are 15 individuals which are currently licensed to use nets or traps to take eels in the tidal Thames. A condition of the licence is that the eel fishermen send in catch-returns detailing what they have caught during the year. The Environment Agency uses this and other data to regulate the levels of exploitation of this valuable and totally wild resource.

If anyone sees suspicious-looking fish traps they should call the Environment Agency on our emergency hotline 0800 807060.


To comply with EU regulations, the Environment Agency has introduced a close season for 2010 netting and trapping eel and elver. These are between 1 October and 31 March for eel fishing and 26 May and 14 February for elver fishing. Someone fishing in the close season could face a stiff penalty, up to a maximum of £5,000. They may also be banned from fishing for at least a year, which has happened on several occasions this year.

Although there is no national close season for fishing for eel by rod and line, all rod-caught eel must be returned alive to the water. Anyone who catches and removes eel by rod and line faces a significant fine.
Back to top Go down
http://www.rivertac.org
Steve Holmes



Posts : 2435
Join date : 2010-01-28

PostSubject: Re: Fisheries officers seize illegal traps on Tideway   Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:56 pm

As we've said before, we moan the EA don't come round enough to check licenses but it's more important they find illegal netting and longline operations as the potential fish loss there is far greater.
Back to top Go down
 
Fisheries officers seize illegal traps on Tideway
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Rainbow Trout Fisheries with Pike - West Central Scotland
» Fuel saving vs Crazy fuel prices vs Illegal fuel
» Inside overtake illegal?
» Ticket touting - should it be made illegal?
» Illegal submissions

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum :: Open Section :: News Board :: Environment Agency-
Jump to: