Public consultation on the future of the coarse fishing close season on English rivers

The Environment Agency are consulting on the future of the statutory coarse fishing close season on rivers in England.

There is an annual coarse fishing close season on all rivers, some canals and some stillwaters in England from 15 March to 15 June (inclusive). It covers the time during which the majority of coarse fish spawn.

The Environment Agency removed the close season from most stillwaters in 1995 and from most canals in 2000. We retained it on rivers. Our position has been that any proposal to remove the close season from rivers must be based on sound science. At that time such evidence was not available.

The full advisory note with details of the survey link can be found here