A CHEAPER fishing licence has been introduced to encourage more anglers to try their hand at both reservoir and river fishing.
This year, the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is trialling a Combined Season Licence to adult anglers, allowing them to fish in both reservoirs and other waters using a single licence, at a cost of £210.
It is a saving of £17 on the cost of two separate licences.
The licence will only be available through the Government’s Online Services website and goes on sale on Thursday. Meanwhile, the cost of both adult and student day reservoir licences has been reduced by almost 20 per cent on the 2010 cost, to £15 and £8 respectively.
At the same time, the day licence rate for Other Water licences remains unchanged.
The licences will be available online from Thursday and from post offices and DEFA headquarters, at Thie Slieau Whallian, in St John’s, from Monday.
Fisheries member Juan Turner MLC said: ‘In recent years the sales of day fishing licences appears to be increasing and I hope that by reducing the cost of a day’s fishing, more people will be encouraged to try out the sport.
‘The new Combined Season Licence is also a great chance for anglers who may usually only purchase one type of licence, to try out a new type of fishing in 2011 and as an incentive, the Combined Licence is being offered at a reduced rate – less than the price of purchasing two season licences.’
The reservoir fishing season opens on March 10, and the river season starts on April 1.