Environment Agency Ban
Due to the current Ban on Fishing for Silver Eels, imposed by the Environment Agency from June 2010 to February 2011, the Committee has had to remove Eels from the current minimum size sheet.
As of 21th June 2010, no angler may weigh-in Silver Eels for the remaining matched of the 2009/2010 season.
The Committee is seeking clarification of the extent of the ban and how it affects Match angling. Further updates will be released as informationn is recieved from the Environment Agency.
Please remember - A fine of upto £50,000 is imposable by the E A on anyone found to be taking Eels from rivers or the coastal waters.
Under the new fis removel byelaws the following applies
No person may remove by rod and line any eels or subject to the provisions of sections 9 and 28p of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Shad from any waters.
Subject to the provisions of sections 9 and 28p of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Byelaw 3 shall not apply to any person with as little injury as possible either returns fish immediately to the same water alive or retains fish in a keepnet or keepsack and then returns it to the same water alive on or before completion of fishing.
This applies to both freshwater and marine enviroments.