Sport & Leisure Fisheries Ltd.
Tel: 01952 585002
Fax: 01952 585540
Mobile: 07860 564966
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Section 30 Stocking Consents from the
Is there anything left in life that doesn't require
paperwork to be completed first?
Before fish are introduced into any inland waterway
(with a few exceptions such as garden ponds and other registered
fish farms) the Environment Agency insists that a 'Section 30 Stocking
Consent' is obtained from them prior to any introduction. This
consent was originally conceived to provide a paper trail in the
event of a major disease outbreak, which was fair enough, but these
days has been gold plated, like so much government bureaucracy,
to become a substantial questionnaire. It requires completing
and forwarding to the EA at least two weeks before delivery of
your fish to give them time to process it. When you order fish
in a hurry this is the rate limiting step.
The Good News is that we will apply for and obtain
this consent on your behalf unless specifically asked not to do
so. A copy of the consent is available with the paperwork that
accompanies your delivery of fish.
When you call to place your order we will ask you
a number of questions about the water to enable us to complete
the application form on your behalf as follows:-
- Name of the Pond
- Nearest Town
- Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (or if it is located very close
to a residential property, the post code). The Grid Ref should
look something like SJ 234 567. The EA get most confused when
there are more than one lake on site.
- Rough size in acres or hectares
- Type of water i.e. is it fully enclosed lake with no overflow;
an 'on line' lake that has water overflowing out of it, even
for part of the year; a canal; a river; or a still water on a
- Does the water have a conservation designation such as Site
of Special Scientific Interest? (If it does, the application
can take the EA up to a month to process).
Once I have this information I have enough to complete
the application. The only good news about this business is that
it is now extremely
unusual for them to refuse a consent.
When we deliver your fish, we will bring a copy
of this consent for your own records.