Forces join up to tackle illegal fishing

Date published: 25 May 2019 10:45
Dated: 25 May 2019 11:35:44

South Yorkshire Police have signed up to the country wide ‘Operation Traverse’ in a bid to tackle illegal fishing and fisheries crime. 

Operation Traverse is a multi-agency initiative to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing. All 43 forces in the UK are part of the operation, which enables effective working and intelligence sharing between police, the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement and the Angling Trust. 

Yesterday, Friday 23 May, officers and representatives from the Environment Agency, Angling Trust and volunteer bailiffs from the Doncaster District Angling Association conducted patrols and checks in Doncaster to ensure laws were being followed. 

Engagement with anglers took place at Highfields Lakes near Adwick, River Don in Sprotbrough, Martin Wells Lake in Edlington, Sanderson Pond and Sandall Park in Kirk Sandall, Stainforth and Keadby Canal and Long Pond and Barnby Dunn. 

Officers were pleased to find that all anglers were in possession of a licence and fishing responsibly. 

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley said “A multi-agency partnership approach is key to tackling concerns of the angling community. Op Traverse will play an important role in positively contributing to the fight against fisheries crime in South Yorkshire, and we are enthusiastic to commit to this joint initiative. 

“We will be working closely with the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service and Voluntary Bailiffs and supporting Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers on planned days of action across the region.

“It is important we emphasise the key role all anglers can play by reporting incidents and information, helping us to create a more detailed intelligence picture. Working with anglers, and other members of our rural communities helps us pursue criminals, protect the vulnerable and prevent crime”.

Officers and representatives outside College Road Police Station in Doncaster

Officers and representatives outside College Road Police Station in Doncaster

Officers at Stainforth & Keadby Canal, St Oswalds Church, Kirk Sandall

Officers at Stainforth & Keadby Canal, St Oswalds Church, Kirk Sandall

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