Policing and enforcement

It is all very well introducing this that and the other, but for them to  work they need to be enforced.   In over 50 years of fishing for both salmon trout and sea-trout I have only ever been asked for my permit on two different occasions.  Since there will probably no money given by the powers that be to oversee and police these new regulations  it makes me wonder that perhaps another hidden agenda is in the making, and all this is just a smoke screen for something else.   At the current time trying to get the police to attend a possible poaching incident is nigh near impossible, even when the assualt of a crown bailiff has taken place. 

As for tagging............if a credit card can be copied I would think a piece plastic would be even easier.   


Why change something which works and has the cooperation of any army of volunteers when it comes to river management.

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No need to reinvent the wheel ......................

by ABK on July 28, 2015 at 10:43AM

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  • Posted by scaredforsalmon July 29, 2015 at 11:43

    Totally agree, making rules and laws with no way of policing is a waste of time. I cannot see our local bailif trying to arrest or report a fellow member for killing a damaged fish with no tag. Many of our volunteer bailifs get free fishing in return for their work so are un paid, I cannot see them being willing to do a job which is going to bring much conflict and possible abuse from non-members.
  • Posted by MJS65 July 29, 2015 at 13:51

    Haven't met a baliff on the water since I was in my mid 20s - I'll be 50 in a few months.

    Unenforced law is no law at all. As our Norwegian fish farmers and their now even published lice levels amply illustrate.
  • Posted by Ayrshirecast July 29, 2015 at 23:58

    I've said it elsewhere on this forum that without paid bailiffs and decent numbers of them, there no way this proposal can be enforced if it becomes Law. The wider angling community that hasn't responded to this and other consultation opportunities are just not interested in discussing this matter. They won't support it and policing it will be nigh on impossible. Volunteer bailiffs will disappear as confrontation faces them on every outing. Who will then enforce this law?
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