Fisherman awarded £180k against EA following legal battle

A fisherman has been awarded £180,000 in compensation against the Environment Agency (EA) following a Supreme Court ruling that the regulator had given “no consideration” to his livelihood before restricting the amount of salmon he could catch.

Nigel Mott, who held a leasehold in a fishery on the Severn Estuary since 1970, used a “putcher rank”, a traditional fishing technique involving the use of conical baskets to trap adult salmon as they returned to a river from the open sea to spawn. 

Catching salmon using this method had been Mott’s full-time occupation since 1979, for which he was granted an annual licence from the agency under section 25 of the Salmon Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.

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