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Two arrested for illegal fishing in Durham City
3:56pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
TWO anglers have been arrested as part of an ongoing crackdown on illegal fishing.
The pair were detained in a joint operation by police and Environment Agency officers on Tuesday night, at Framwelgate Waterside in the centre of Durham City.
Both suspects were interviewed in custody before being released. Officers seized eight fish, two fishing rods and a large amount of illegal fishing equipment.
The Environment Agency said the pair had been using bare treble hooks and weighted lines to deliberately "foul hook" salmon or sea trout as they made their way upriver to spawn.
The arrests follow a similar night-time operation last week in which seven people were arrested in the city centre for poaching salmon.
Kevin Summerson Team Leader Fisheries Enforcement at the Environment Agency said: "We had continued to receive information from members of the public and concerned anglers that illegal activity was still happening in Durham city centre.
"These poachers are not taking ‘one for the pot’, they are taking frequently high numbers of fish that are often sold on for monetary gain.
"The methods that are being used can have a dramatic impact on wildlife, cause serious damage to already threatened fish stocks, our natural heritage, and ruin the sport for legitimate anglers and future generations.
Anyone who things they have information on illegal fishing is asked to ring the Environment Agency’s 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 807060.
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