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South Yorkshire Police join Operation Traverse –
targeting illegal fishing and fish theft
South Yorkshire Police has become
the latest force to sign up to Operation Traverse - the multi-agency initiative launched five years ago to
tackle fish theft and illegal fishing.
The commitment creates an important link with surrounding forces and
provides a wider roll-out of the operation in the North East of England.
Operation Traverse was set up to
enable effective partnership working
and intelligence sharing between the
police, the National Wildlife Crime
Unit, Environment Agency Fisheries
Enforcement and the Angling Trust’s
Patrolling waters in Doncaster as part
of the Operation Traverse initiative.
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survivor’s love of
Iraqi war survivor Amar Kanim was the
boy who made a miraculous recovery
after the Gulf War conflict in the 1990s
nearly took his life. He eventually came
to settle in England and receive specialist surgery, but behind the headlines of
war and survival, young Amar grew up
in the Devon countryside where he discovered a love of fishing, catching both
sea and freshwater fish. Angling Trust’s
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Launch of Operation Traverse at South Yorkshire Police headquarters.
Fisheries Enforcement Support Service.
Since joining the initiative, South
Yorkshire Police officers have already
taken part in patrols on waters in
Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and
Rotherham with Environment Agency
fisheries officers and volunteer bailiffs
from the Angling Trust.
South Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief
Constable David Hartley said: “A
multi-agency partnership approach is
k e y to ta c k l i ng c o nc e rns o f the
angling community. Operation 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 Volunteer Bailiffs
and supporting Environment Agency
Fisheries Enforcement Officers on
planned days of action across the
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
A n g l i n g Tr u s t ’s N o r t h E a s t
Regional Enforcement Manager Giles
Evans said: “Tackling fish theft and
illegal fishing is vital if we are to protect fisheries and clamp down on rod
licence cheats. Having South Yorkshire Police join this important initiative is great news for all anglers.”
Anyone that suspects illegal fishing
is taking place should report the
details to the Environment Agency’s
Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or
the police on 101. n
Apply now for the Wild Trout Trust
Conservation Awards
Applications are open for angling clubs and other conservation groups to apply
to the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards 2019, seeking to recognise and
encourage excellence in wild trout habitat management and conservation. There
are two awards – Outstanding Habitat Improvement Project and Outstanding
Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation. Closing date is 31st July.. n


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