Pulled this from the PAC Forum
The Angling Trust has worked with CEFAS, the EA, and others to fund a new Crimestoppers number for anglers, clubs and fisheries to report poaching. This service is both confidental and free: -
CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555111
The Angling Trust's 'Fish Legal' department has also collaborated with the National Wildlife Crime Unit to raise awareness of poaching. This is because, as I have said on another thread, the police's awareness and understanding of poaching and the wider implications involved must be raised.
The T emphasises that poaching is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968, and that ALL such incidents must be reported to the police. We MUST do this to support this excellent work by the AT - otherwise the police simply won't get the message regarding the incidence or severity of the problem.
All incidents should also be reported to the EA on 0800 807060.
The AT has also launched CORMORANT WATCH, and asks that all cormorant, goosander and merganser sightings be reported: http://www.cormorantwatch.org/. Again, this is in order to collate data and force DEFRA to do something about it. As with poaching, unless we comply, nothing will get done.
Are YOU a member of the AT? If not YOU should be! The AT's membership currently stands at just over 14,000 individual members, a small % of the number of anglers in the UK. Natiionally, wildlife trusts have over 800,000 members; need I say more?