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Angling: Environment Protection

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on recreational fishing of the introduction of new licences under the draft Marine Bill. (207266)

[holding answer 22 May 2008]: Amendments within the draft Marine Bill relating to recreational fishing in freshwater will give the Environment Agency the flexibility to introduce licences which distinguish between different types of waters in order that it might draw a distinction, for instance, between the best salmon rivers and those which are less good. As such a distinction is not necessary at present, the Environment Agency has no intention of using this power immediately, and therefore there will be no effect on anglers in the short to middle term.

With regards to the licensing of sea angling, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter) on 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 944W.