CONCERNS that illegal fishing gangs are becoming more professional have been backed up by some shocking finds of home-made and specialist kit.

The latest seizures by Environment Agency officers were made on the River Thames. Among the nets found was an unattended gillnet, which can trap fish and wildfowl, and two DIY traps.

This case follows the discovery of 17 illegal traps at Kent, seized by officers following a number of calls from river users and the public. The traps would have proved a risk to perilously depleted eel stocks.

For the full shocking story read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.

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