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Clamp down on illegal fishing in Cumbria

An angler fishing. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency says it carried out more than 30 patrols to catch people fishing illegally in Cumbria and Lancashire over the May Bank Holiday weekends.

It's a particularly bad time, because May falls within the coarse fishing 'close season', when coarse angling is suspended on rivers, streams, and specified canals and stillwaters to protect spawning fish.

During the two Bank Holiday weekends, Agency staff carried out 61 visits to waters across Cumbria and Lancashire, served more than 62 report forms for illegal fishing, and checked more than 628 anglers for rod licences.

Our enforcement teams have been in out in force – particularly over the last couple of bank holidays – and will continue to be over the coming months.

The number of anglers caught red-handed is testament to how seriously we take illegal fishing but worryingly it shows a blatant disregard for the law and the health of fisheries.

People who don’t buy a licence are not only cheating other anglers and the future of the sport but running the risk of criminal conviction and a fine. There is no excuse – it costs just £27 for a whole year and you can buy it from the Post Office website.”

– Sarah Chare, Environment Agency head of fisheries

Suspected palm oil discovery: investigations continue

Substances like this should be reported immediately Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are continuing into a suspected palm oil discovery in Maryport.

The substance is potentially deadly to dogs.

The waste has also been found recently on several beaches in southern Scotland.

Anyone who sees the substance is being asked to contact health officials immediately on 01900 702800.

WATCH: Maryport 'Palm oil' discovery investigated

The discovery of a substance, believed to be one that can be deadly to dogs, is being investigated. The waste was found on a beach in Marport and is being tested to see if it is solidified palm oil. Palm Oil has a wide variety of uses and is found in food, household products and biofuels.

In the last few weeks it's been found on beaches across Britain including Dumfries and Galloway. Officials there say it's thought it may have been washed ashore after being pumped from ships.

Rare discovery of 'palm oil' is being investigated

A woman walking on the beach at Maryport found was is believed to be a lump of solidified palm oil.

Tests are now being carried out to find out what it is.

The substance was found by a member of the public on Maryport beach Credit: ITV Border

Allerdale Borough Council said it's the first incident it has come across involving the discovery of solidified palm oil on the beach.

The council want to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and yesterdays discovery will be disposed of safely.

The solidified substance looks like this Credit: ITV Border

If the public spot something they believe is palm oil, they are advised to keep dogs away from it and report it to the customers services team at Allerdale Borough Council on 01900 702800.

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'Solidified Palm Oil' found on Maryport beach

The Environment Agency says a lump of allegedly solidified palm oil has been found washed up on Maryport beach. A member of the public made the disovery. The EA says it is working with the local authority to investigate further and arrange for a safe disposal.

If members of the public find similar material on the beach they should report it to the local authority environmental health department.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Similar discoveries have also been made on beaches in Dumfries and Galloway in recent weeks. The chalky white substance can be fatal to pets.

Nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded

A Cumbrian nuclear dump site is 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels, according to the Environment Agency.

A document seen by The Guardian newspaper says waste from the Drigg Low Level Waste Repository, near Sellafield, is going to start leaking on to the west Cumbrian shoreline in a few hundred to a few thousand years.

The operators of the site say it will take a thousand years to erode and claims that even if waste is exposed the impact will be 'very low'.

The Environment Agency is also reassuring people that it is currently safe.

'Hedgehogs' help provide refuge for Cumbria's fish stocks

Fish experts are concerned that stocks of our native species are declining in Cumbria's famous lakes - so the Environment Agency is trying a novel approach to protect them.

Protective shelters have been installed in Bassenthwaite Lake to help fish evade predators.

Patrol officers will use a remote controlled boat to help them check the shelters.

Matthew Taylor went to find out more.

Hedgehog refuges used for first time in north of England

The 'hedgehog' equipment bringing a boost to the fish stocks in the lake Credit: ITV News

The refuges protect growing fish from predators and will help the fish stocks in the area to increase.

It is the first time equipment like this has been used in the north of England.

Andrew Booth from the Environment Agency prepares to head out on a survey boat Credit: ITV News
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