THE latest Environment Agency annual report has shown rod licence sales have fallen slightly but the organisation is in good financial shape.

Sales for 2016-17 fell by 19,059 licences – or 1.47 per cent – as the Environment Agency sold them to 961,714 individual anglers.

But the EA generated £1,227,738 more than predicted and put an extra £1,977,917 to invest in fisheries.

Largest rod licence buying region was Yorkshire with 120,961 sales, creating £2,100,844 of income.

Check out the table below  to see how your region ranked for rod licence sales…

ROD LICENCE SALES BY AREA 2016-17

Environment Agency deputy director Kevin Austin, who controls Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, said: “During the 2016 to 2017 financial year we listened to anglers and from April 2017 introduced the biggest shake up to the rod licensing system since the single national licence was introduced in the early 1990s.

“We have also proposed a new pricing structure, the first for seven years, which we believe will both make it easier for new anglers to get into the sport and give anglers more flexibility in their sport.

“Across the country hundreds of improvement projects have been delivered supported by an army of unpaid volunteers and we have helped fund training for over 150 new Angling Trust licensed coaches to help more people get into fishing.

“I would like to pay tribute to each and every person who has worked with us to help deliver quality fishing opportunities. Long may we continue to work in this way,” he added.

Key Environment Agency statistics for 2016-17

  • £670,000 invested in 153 angling improvement projects, matched by £870,000 from other sources.
  • Nearly £150,000 given to 26 projects for disability access.
  • £128,00 given to tackling predation to 28 project.
  • £950,000 given to 107 fisheries improvement projects with £1,834,000 of additional funding from grants.
  • Stocked 393,884 fish from Calverton.
  • Responded to 590 fisheries incidents.

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