Designated fishing spots nearby, but some are still angling at no-fishing areas

Designated fishing spots nearby, but some are still angling at no-fishing areas

The signs are prominent - no fishing allowed.

Yet, dozens were seen fishing in the no-fishing areas along Lower Peirce Reservoir when The New Paper was there on Sunday.

We saw three men receiving summonses for illegal fishing in just 30 minutes.

Fishing enthusiasts say the area is popular because of its relatively convenient location compared to other fishing spots.

And most fish there, despite knowing it is illegal and that there are designated fishing spots nearby, as they claim that the designated spots do not have enough fish.

Operations executive Darren Drew Baker, 25, a fishing enthusiast who practises catch-and-release, said: "People tend to hit illegal spots because the legal ones are generally overfished and very barren.

"They are also too crowded with anglers and the general crowd.

"Foreign workers also tend to net up a whole school of fish at a time, leaving us with nothing."

FISHING OFFENCES

National water agency PUB said an average of about 250 people are booked each year for fishing offences, which includes fishing at non-designated areas and fishing with anything but artificial baits or lures.

A PUB spokesman said enthusiasts are not allowed to fish at certain areas of the reservoir because it may undermine their safety.

"For safety reasons, PUB encoaurages anglers to fish only in designated areas at the reservoirs.

"These locations are selected based on considerations such as public safety, availability of amenities and demarcation of zoning for different water activities."

Those caught fishing outside designated areas or using live bait will be fined $50 for their first offence, and $200 for their second offence.

Offenders will also be prosecuted for subsequent offences and can also be fined up to $3,000.

To find out more on the locations of designated fishing areas, visit www.pub.gov.sg/enjoy/WaterActivities/Pages/default.aspx


This article was first published on November 12, 2014.
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