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Organisation sells rod licences while telling anglers not to go fishing

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The Environment Agency, the body responsible for selling rod licences in the UK, is still making them available despite telling anglers not to go fishing.

Rods licences are still being sold in the UK, despite the fact that the organisation selling them is telling people not to go fishing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Environment Agency (EA), which sells the £30 (two-rod) and £45 (three-rod) licences, is not currently offering refunds or an extension to the time period for which they are valid. 

However, it says that all options for licence sales remain under review pending further Government guidelines. The Government last week extended the UK lockdown by a further three weeks.

The Angling Trades Association (ATA) and the Angling Trust, the representative bodies for the trade and anglers respectively, have also made it clear people should not go fishing.

Advice from the Angling Trust for anglers to stay at home came after it had been in contact with the Sports Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. “Namely, to stay at home, stay safe and avoid all but essential travel,” said the Trust’s CEO Jamie Cook in a statement.

Rod licence sales in 2018-19 dropped from 929,176 the previous year, to 847,846. Rod licence sales in 2009-10 totaled 1.47 million.

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