Illegal fishermen caught on the River Blackwater

Simon Wakefield and Cathy Fusedale, landlady of the Stone Inn, spotted illegal fishermen on the River Blackwater

Simon Wakefield and Cathy Fusedale, landlady of the Stone Inn, spotted illegal fishermen on the River Blackwater

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Illegal fishermen were caught and their fish confiscated by residents concerned they were fishing unlawfully in the River Blackwater.

Simon Wakefield, 57, company director at Yellow Admiral, a marine recruitment firm, spotted the fishermen near the Stone Inn.

The fishermen had a seal trapped in their nets and were catching undersized sea bass illegally.

Legally sea bass can only be caught with a rod and line when they are 36cm or over.

Mr Wakefield and his neighbours confiscated the fish, which had died, and contacted the coast guard, police and Maldon District Council.

A council spokesman said: “That part of the river is a public fishery so anybody can set their own nets, but everyone must adhere to the strict size limits and no undersize fish can be taken for any purpose."

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10:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

Opsiomath says...

Good luck with the Bradwell contamination
Good luck with the Bradwell contamination Opsiomath
  • Score: -3

10:57am Thu 17 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Not sure I agree with acting as 'the law' by confiscating dead undersize fish...
Not sure I agree with acting as 'the law' by confiscating dead undersize fish... Jack222
  • Score: 0

11:19am Thu 17 Jul 14

Hawthorne says...

Opsiomath wrote:
Good luck with the Bradwell contamination
You hit enter before you finished your sentence with 'which has been independently assessed to be well below safety levels.'
[quote][p][bold]Opsiomath[/bold] wrote: Good luck with the Bradwell contamination[/p][/quote]You hit enter before you finished your sentence with 'which has been independently assessed to be well below safety levels.' Hawthorne
  • Score: 4

11:35am Thu 17 Jul 14

SeaPie. says...

Good news.
Good news. SeaPie.
  • Score: 0

9:49pm Thu 17 Jul 14

There Abouts says...

"Legally sea bass can only be caught with a rod and line when they are 36cm or over."

How do you stop the under 36cm ones being caught ?
"Legally sea bass can only be caught with a rod and line when they are 36cm or over." How do you stop the under 36cm ones being caught ? There Abouts
  • Score: 0

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