• £285 fines for taking crayfish

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    Three men have been fined £285 apiece for taking crayfish from a pond on London’s Hampstead Heath. The three East European men were caught withb two carrier bags loaded with red swamp crayfish. Though the crayfish are a pest, it is an offence to remove or harm the crayfish under Hampstead Heath by-laws. Anglers should note that it is also illegal to set traps for  American signal crayfish, which are now common in the south of England. Here’s what the Environment Agency says. “Because the traps and fyke nets commonly used to catch crayfish are ‘fixed engines’ as defined by the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975), the use of these instruments to catch crayfish is an offence under Section 6 of the Act. So while fishing for crayfish is legal, unless crayfish traps are authorised by byelaws, their use is illegal, even where they are used within a site registered as a fish farm.” So you would have to get a by-law passed to remove signal crayfish from your own fishery. It’s a mad, mad world…

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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