Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man angling laws 'revamped'

The Isle of Man government has "revamped" fresh water fishing rules after consultation with anglers.

The revised laws come into operation in March 2012 and introduce a coarse fishing season and licence.

Coarse fishing includes all fresh water catch, excluding trout and salmon, which on the island is mainly perch.

Fisheries Minister Phil Gawne said the changes include an increase in licence duties by 10% to help recover the costs associated with recreational angling.

He added: "However, the price of reservoir day licences has not been increased, and anglers will be able to enjoy an additional three months of reservoir fishing."

Isle of Man anglers are warned they must be aware of the new regulations before going fishing at the start of the new season.

They are now available on the Manx Fisheries website.

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