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Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service
takes on another 113 volunteers
Another 113 volunteers have joined
the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff
Service following the latest round of
recruitment across the country. It
brings the total number of volunteers
in the VBS to 492. The latest recruits
received professional training from
the Angling Trust, Environment
Agency and other partners at six fullday regional inductions held over the
past two months and are already filing reports from their patrols. On one
recent joint patrol with police in the
South East, three people were
arrested for allegedly stealing fish.
The VBS is part of the Angling
Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service, which runs in partnership with the Environment Agency
and is funded by fishing licence
money. This year, funding enabled 20
new volunteer bailiffs to be taken on
in each of our six regions so, to make
room for new recruits, the Angling
Trust canvassed existing volunteers
to identify those whose circumstances had changed and were no
longer able to continue as a bailiff.
“The VBS has been operating for a
number of years and, with changing
circumstances and commitments, it
will not always be possible or convenient for volunteers to contribute,” said
Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust’s
National Enforcement Manager.
“We recognised this and factored it
i n t o t h i s y e a r ’s r e c r u i t m e n t .
Inevitably, on the day a small number
were unable to attend but we were
still able to induct 113 new volunteers. It now means the VBS has a
very healthy ratio of active volunteers.”
Dilip Sarkar added: “It was particularly pleasing to hear the exclusively
positive feedback regarding inductions, in which my team invests great
effort, and likewise to see so many
volunteers actively patrolling and
reporting. I commend all of our volunteers for their positive contribution.”
After attending an induction day in
the Midlands, recruit Mick Rowley,
from Stafford, wrote and told us:
“What a great day! I’m now a volunteer bailiff with the Angling Trust.
Huge thanks to Kevin Pearson [Midlands Regional Enforcement Manager].”
Similarly, Paul Moore and Graham
McNally from Stoke-on-Trent wrote:
“We found the day really good and
got a good insight into what needs to
Volunteer bailiffs at their induction days in the South East (top) and North East.
be reported and how the Angling
Tr u s t a n d t h e a u t h o r i t i e s l i n k
together. The information gained will
help our club protect its water.”
Following the induction day held in
West Sussex, South East Regional
Enforcement Manager Dave Wilkins
said: “It is always great to welcome
new volunteers to the VBS team. They
have already had some excellent
results with a huge amount of time
recorded from patrols across the
region and many incidents reported
to the Environment Agency and the
police including three arrests for fish
theft. Great work!”
Graeme Storey, Fisheries Manager
with the Environment Agency, said:
“Voluntary Bailiffs are eyes and ears
on waterways across England. This
network of anglers, able to provide
good information, is valuable in
directing our enforcement patrols to
catch those who damage the sport
through illegal activity.”
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
Rob’s Mailbag
Hi Rob,
We’ve missed you on the
banks recently and would
love to see you out there
fishing again. With summer
on the horizon, now is the
perfect time to dust off the
rods and get back out there.
Starting at just £30 for a 12month, two-rod licence, it’s
easier than ever – just buy
your licence online and
away you go.
We’d really like to stay in touch with you as well. So while you’re getting your
licence, don’t forget to sign up to receive our newsletter by clicking the ‘update me’
box. It’s a great way to find out what’s happening in the world of fishing each
month and how your licence fee keeps fishing fabulous.
See you out there soon,
The Environment Agency fisheries team.
PS. Don’t forget that regional byelaws apply to all waters in England.. n


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