'Poaching threat' to fish stocks – Fishupdate.com

‘Poaching threat’ to fish stocks Published:  13 August, 2007

Carp is a delicacy in eastern Europe

AN increase in poaching and extreme weather conditions have pushed fish stocks in British lakes to the point of collapse, an anglers’ group has said.

Spawning conditions have been hit by two years of extreme weather, the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFC) said.

Members of the NAFC have also reported poaching of larger fish from lakes, BBC News reported.

And Parliamentary angling spokesman Martin Salter MP claims some eastern European migrants take fish to eat.

The Reading MP said: “Poles and eastern Europeans, in particular, have been seen and occasionally caught removing all species of coarse fish, roach, bream and perch.”

BBC correspondent Niki Cardwell says the problem is partly cultural with eastern European immigrants – for whom carp is a delicacy – taking fish from lakes.

They do not realise that it is unacceptable to eat the fish they catch, she says, adding that poachers have been seen patrolling lakes.

Mr Salter says the problem is getting worse but that the legal framework is simply not strong enough to cope with the problem.

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