A man has been banned from fishing for year after being found guilty of trying to impale fish using an illegal fishing method.
Stewart Crowe, aged 57 and from Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to using illegal and harmful fishing methods at Teeside Magistrates court on Friday August 19. He was also ordered to pay costs of £150.
A case was brought against Crowe by the Environment Agency after he was filmed ‘stroke hauling’ – a method where a hook is dragged at high-speed through the water in order to impale fish – by CCTV surveillance on the river Tees.
The ban follows a previous conviction for the same crime in 2009 at the same venue.
Speaking after the case, Environment Agency special enforcement team leader Kevin Summerson said: “More salmon and sea trout are returning to the River Tees every year. Enforcement is an important tool to help us ensure that those fish reach their spawning grounds, to continue the river’s recovery.
“We take a serious view of illegal fishing and we will continue to focus our efforts on detecting and apprehending offenders wherever they may be.”
If you see any fishing which you think is illegal, please report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60"