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