Fisheries Enforcement: How far we’ve come!

In the past decade, angling has made huge strides against fisheries crime. With the establishment of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) and multi-agency work with police and the Environment Agency, real progress has been made, but are you doing your bit? The Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar reflects on our journey so far…

Let’s Crack On !

Well, here it is: 2016, a year that we have been awaiting for some time – because, at last, Phase 1 of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) is being rolled out across England. As previously reported, the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) was launched last November, staffed by highly experienced retired police officers with a…

It’s A Funny Old World !

It is, I’ve decided, a funny old world. Since the Iron Curtain came crashing down and former communist states joined the European Union, some people from those countries have decided to work temporarily or make their homes permanently in England – this free movement being provided for by legislation. No-one, of course, anticipated the effect…

Together We’ll Crack It !

As was reported in my previous blog, 1 November 2015 saw the new Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) launched as a result of the Angling Trust achieving the National Angling Services Contract to deliver a number of outcomes. This involves working in support of and in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA), so it is…

At Last: Fisheries Enforcement Support Service Goes Live !

For the past three years I’ve worked on establishing the Voluntary Bailiff Service in SE England, and equally importantly delivering what is now the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign: more appropriately locating fisheries related offences within the accepted policing frameworks of Rural, Wildlife, Business, Hate and Organised Crime. This is all about raising awareness: educating anglers regarding…

Progress – and a Game Changer…

Personally, I can’t believe sometimes how far we’ve come in putting fisheries crime well and truly on the map – a long way to go yet but progress is now clearly visible. Just have a look at this for starters… Voluntary Bailiff Service & Fisheries Enforcement Support Service We have recently won a major contract…

Enforcement Mission to Lithuania

To really deal decisively with a problem, first you have to understand it. Really understand it. In England we have an issue with some migrant anglers from eastern Europe not abiding by our conservation-based angling law and rules. It is widely believed that this is because there is no such thing as regulated fishing in…

Operation LEVIATHAN – and more PROGRESS!

For years, fishery owners and angling clubs have felt impotent in trying to deal with issues such as fishing without permission and fish theft. Why? Because these offences – which are criminal matters – were not properly understood by the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), or courts. Confusion abounded, regarding the law and who was…

PROGRESS !

There really isn’t time to write in detail, but it is important, I think, that we cover some news.  Operation TRAVERSE In March I spoke at the Angling Trust East of England Regional Forum, chaired by Kelvin Allen, and in April at Adey Paul’s public meeting in Boston, Lincolnshire, on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and…

Fisheries Enforcement Campaign: The Vision Progresses…

It is clear that hitherto, fisheries enforcement has not been appropriately located within the wider frameworks of Rural, Wildlife, Business, Hate and, indeed, Organised Crime. Likewise it is obvious that there has been a pronounced lack of awareness of the wider criminal implications throughout the police service. Moreover, there has been a demonstrable lack of…