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CORMORANT WATCH

Many coarse anglers are concerned about the impact of fish-eating birds - especially cormorants - on populations of silver fish like roach and smaller specimens of other species. Cormorants are widely believed to be increasing in number, and to have shifted to feeding inland to due to declining stocks of sea fish. Despite severe damage to numerous coarse and trout fisheries across GB, government has so far resisted calls from angling interests for a less restrictive licensing scheme to allow better control of these voracious predators.

After extensive lobbying, the representative body for angling in England & Wales, the Angling Trust, has now succeeded in persuading the Westminster government to carry out a review of the licensing procedures for the control of fish-eating birds. Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon has stated that he is prepared to take “bold decisions”; but the Trust needs robust information on the abundance of cormorants to convince the government of the need for decisive action.
The Angling Trust has therefore launched a new web site http://www.cormorantwatch.org for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK. This will provide vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries by getting DEFRA to simplify licensing procedures and allow greater controls on cormorant numbers. The Angling Trust hopes that this data will also be factored into a wider pan European study on cormorants. You can read more at: http://www.anglingtrust.net/landing.asp ... ampaigning

Angling Trust Chief executive Mark Lloyd said: “This is a moment when anglers need to stand up and be counted. If people don’t record sightings of cormorants and other fish eating birds on this site, then the politicians and civil servants will not have the information they need to make decisions which could affect the future of fishing for the next generation”.

SFCA agrees, and fully supports the Angling Trust campaign. The cormorant problem affects us just as much as it does anglers down south, and permission to control them is if anything more difficult to obtain here. Decisions about the licensing regime for controlling fish-eating birds in Scotland lie with the Scottish Government rather than Westminster; but nothing will change here without changes in the rest of the country.

Please therefore take a few minutes to record any sightings of cormorants, goosanders or mergansers (on freshwater venues only) at http://www.cormorantwatch.org , no matter where you are fishing. The website is easy to use, and allows you to record sightings and activity of cormorants anywhere in the UK directly onto a Google Maps-driven micro-site. You can also scroll around the map and zoom in to view details of each recorded cormorant sighting and watch the real picture of cormorant predation in UK waters build up week by week.
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What about Eastern European Watch, sure they cause more devastation to Scottish fish stocks than our birds.


31 Aug 2011, 16:22
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scot68 wrote:
What about Eastern European Watch, sure they cause more devastation to Scottish fish stocks than our birds.


:lol:

I've just put a couple on using the link. (cormorants that is not east europeans) :lol:

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saul what about posting on the trout and salmon forums? the rivers are suffering bad with the black death to :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


01 Sep 2011, 00:01
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scotty carp enter wrote:
saul what about posting on the trout and salmon forums? the rivers are suffering bad with the black death to :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


SANA are doing that side of it :wink:
Nice to see eveyone working together for a change, SANA, SFCA, SFSA, Angling Development Board of Scotland and the Angling Trust :wink: :D
Sign of how things are progressing out of the dark ages!! and moving on for a better future for angling 8) we still need more support from the masses though! :?

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scotty carp enter wrote:
saul what about posting on the trout and salmon forums? the rivers are suffering bad with the black death to :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


Scotty, for a guy who wants to be at one with nature, I think you have mentioned that you would like eradicate otters to swans to dogs. My apoligies if I'm wrong.
I matched fished right through the eighties and the "black death" was alive and kicking then. So 30 years down the line the SFCA are wanting to do something about it. :lol: :lol: :lol:

The increase of fish eating birds lately to our fresh waters is probably to do with the removal of pike causing a increase in silver fish.
Not the birds they should targeting.


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at one with carp would be a better word then :lol:
to be fair i dont mind dogs, its the human dog walkers i have a problem with. and im guessing if a dog had a piss on your bivvy or pod you wouldnt say " isn't nature wonderfull".
otters are a problem to fish stocks (fact)
cormorants are a problem to fish stocks (fact) more so the game side of fishing. sandy at kinkell bridge had to stop the grayling fishing last winter as he was taking money and no grayling comming out :shock: for anyone that hasn't fished this part of the earn its usualy a easy beat for grayling.
they will be hammering the smolts and par, reduction in salmon numbers reduction in salmon fishers, effecting local econemy as a lot of hotels, pubs and shops near river banks relay on fishermen for income.
good to see everyone pulling together for a change 8) 8)


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scotty carp enter wrote:
and im guessing if a dog had a piss on your bivvy or pod you wouldnt say " isn't nature wonderfull".

No your correct I would'nt say that but I would'nt come out with a Titmarsh statement and say that I was at one with nature either. :lol:

Osprey's are a threat to fishstocks.

Kingfishers are a threat to fish stocks.

Mink, otters etc etc etc where does it stop.

The problem is Scotty, these creatures cant fill an Aldi bag in an hour with fish and cut down a tree for a fire to cook them with.
Just think these organisations are barking up the wrong tree.


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the laws on killing coarse fish need to be looked at to. witnessed a mass cull a few weeks back 6 polish guys filling bags up of perch. nothing i could do as the water wasnt controled by anyone and im not challenging 6 big polish guys im only 5ft 4 :lol: :lol:


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