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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:26

Action Plan For Fish Predation

The Angling Trust (AT) has published a new action plan for managing fish predation. Following a wide range of work within the angling community regarding the impacts of predation on our fish stocks – including the recent publication of The Big Picture by the Predation Action Group, and the Government’s reviews of cormorants, goosanders and non-native species (such as signal crayfish) – the AT has acted.
The plan details the management arrangements for cormorants and goosanders that the Trust has successfully negotiated with the government, and the experimental work it is doing with CEFAS to reduce signal crayfish – a non-native species.
It also addresses a number of issues related to predation by otters and mink.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, said: “We recognise that there is a serious problem with unsustainable predation of fish by cormorants, goosanders and otters, as well as invasive non-native species such as mink and signal crayfish, on many stillwater fisheries and rivers. Predation is natural, but on rivers which are suffering from pollution, low flows, habitat damage and invasive non-native species, it can have a devastating impact on fish stocks.”

A copy of the action plan can be downloaded from the Otter Predation page of the Angling Trust’s website, www.anglingtrust.net  

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