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Angler fined for fishing without licence 6 August 2007

A Ramsey man has been fined £100 with £150 costs by the High Bailiff on 31st July 2007.

Mr Brian Speakman was caught fishing without a licence at Ballure Reservoir on 13th June 2007. Mr Speakman’s fishing equipment was confiscated and he is not allowed to hold an angling licence for 12 months.

A Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry spokesperson said “The Department will prosecute any offender caught without a rod licence on reservoir or river. A day licence for reservoir fishing costs a mere £13.75 which is considered extremely good value for money.

For this particular individual, it has cost him not only the £250 in fines and court costs but also his fishing equipment and the opportunity to fish in the Island’s well-stocked reservoirs and its rivers for the next 12 months. The imposition of such penalties should make those who consider fishing without a licence think twice.

The Department wishes to thank its dedicated staff and those volunteers who patrol the rivers and reservoirs at all hours in order to ensure adherence to the law.”

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