Fishing traps a danger to boaters

Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2009

ILLEGAL fishing traps have been discovered in the Avon at Evesham, believed to have been set by immigrants catching the fish as food.

THE 80 feet long trap, which was normal rope with baited hooks attached along its entire length stretched across the river, and was discovered hidden by two anglers, who immediately reported it to the authorities.

It is thought that there may be more such traps across the river, which could be of danger to boaters should the rope with its multiple hooks become entangled around the prop shaft.

It is obvious that the trap was set to catch a range of freshwater fish, which were for eating, with West Mercia Police warning there could be other such traps, and warned people to be alert.