Give a rod licence this Father’s Day and join in the fun on 16 June

The Environment Agency is encouraging mums and families to give Dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day – and get him fishing!

The 2013 river coarse fishing season starts on Father’s Day and Environment Agency annual rod licence holders can take a friend or family member fishing with them for free on 16 June. Rod licences make a great gift and are valid on over 5,000 rivers, lakes and ponds across England.

Fishing remains one of the nation’s favourite outdoor sports with over 1.2 million rod licences sold each year. The funds raised play a crucial part in protecting and improving fisheries and in providing better access to fishing. The angling trade is a £1.2 billion industry and employs over 39,000 people, particularly in rural areas.

Geoff Bateman, Environment Agency Head of Fisheries and Biodiversity said: “Fishing is a fantastic way to enjoy the open air, our wildlife and our waterways and it’s great to go fishing with the family.

“It is one of the cheapest and most popular sports out there and makes a great Father’s Day gift. It’s quick and easy to buy a rod licence online at the Post Office and kids under 12 can join in the fun for free.”

Children under 12 do not need a rod-licence. All anglers aged 12 or over need a valid Environment Agency rod licence before fishing in England. Annual rod licences for trout and coarse fishing cost £5 for 12 to 16 year olds, £18 for senior and disabled concessions and £27 for non-concessions.

Buy a rod licence by calling the Environment Agency on 0844-800-5386, visiting any Post Office branch or visiting the Post Office online: www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence. To ‘take a friend or family member fishing for free’ on 16 June download a form from: www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk/offers/free-rod-licence-voucher/