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Cheaper fishing for anglers in 2011 with the new Combined Season Licence 21 February 2011

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has introduced a new type of fishing licence for the forthcoming fishing season. The Combined Season Licence is available to adult anglers, allowing them to fish in both reservoirs and other waters (within the appropriate seasons) using a single licence, at a cost of £210 – a saving of £17 on the purchase of the two separate licences. Combined Season licences will only be available for sale via the Government’s Online Services website from 24 February 2011.

This new licence is being trialled in 2011 and it is hoped that it will encourage more anglers to try their hand at both reservoir and river fishing in the Island.

Anglers will also be delighted to know that the cost of both adult and student day reservoir licences has been reduced by almost 20% on the 2010 cost, to a duty of £15 and £8 respectively. At the same time, the day licence rate for Other Water licences has remained unchanged from the 2010 duties of £9 and £5.50.

Mr Juan Turner MLC, member for Fisheries says that "in recent years the sales of day fishing licences appears to be increasing and I hope that by reducing the cost of a day’s fishing, more people will be encouraged to try out the sport. The new Combined Season Licence is also a great chance for anglers who may usually only purchase one type of licence, to try out a new type of fishing in 2011 and as an incentive, the Combined Licence is being offered at a reduced rate – less than the price of purchasing two season licences."

Improvements have recently been made to Government’s Online Services website to make it easier to register and to find the information or service you need. Fishing licences will be available to purchase online from 24 February 2011 (https://www.gov.im/onlineservices/) and will also be available from Post Offices and from the DEFA HQ at Thie Slieau Whallian, St John's from week commencing 28 February 2011.

The reservoir fishing season opens on the 10th March, and the river season commences on 1st April. Anglers are reminded that they must be in possession of a valid fishing licence before they go fishing.

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