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Illegal fishing on the rise

There has been an increase in the number of people caught for illegal fishing at parks and nature reserves, said NParks.

Last year, 271 summons were issued, up from 96 in 2012. Two of them were issued at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Ms Sharon Chan, the reserve's deputy director, said preventive measures have been taken to address illegal fishing there.

Increased enforcement has also resulted in more summons.

She said: "When our officers on patrol spot people outside the reserve boundary attempting to enter to set up nets, we work together with the police to advise them not to continue with their activities."

Fishing is not permitted and signs are prominently displayed to inform the public of this, she added.

At reservoirs, PUB said an average of about 250 people are booked each year for fishing offences, which include fishing at non-designated areas or fishing with live bait.

Surveillance is conducted daily to curb such offences.

Said the spokesman: "For safety reasons, PUB encourages anglers to fish only in designated areas at the reservoirs."

These locations are selected based on considerations such as public safety and the availability of amenities.

Ten of the 17 reservoirs, including Marina, Lower Peirce and Bedok reservoirs, have designated fishing areas.

Those caught fishing outside these areas or using live bait will be issued a composition fine of $50 on their first offence, and $200 on their second offence. Subsequently, offenders will be prosecuted and may be fined up to $3,000.

Members of the public can call the PUB hotline at 1800-284-6600 if they spot any illegal and unsafe fishing activities.