Some­thing fishy go­ing on

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

There was out­cry 25 years ago after in­vader fish hit Loch Lomond.

Lo­cal fish­er­men, bi­ol­o­gists and sci­en­tists hit out after the loch and its trib­u­tary rivers, the Fruin, En­drick and Leven suf­fered a dra­matic change in the fish com­mu­nity.

This was due to the in­tro­duc­tion of five new species of fish brought up from the south of Eng­land.

Fish­er­men after pike used these fish as live bait be­fore dump­ing the ex­cess live bait into the loch at the end of the day.The is­sue was so se­vere that a new by-law ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee con­sid­ered leg­is­la­tion to ban the dump­ing of un­wanted live bait.

Colin Adams, of the Univer­sity Field Sta­tion at Sal­lochy, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Loch Lomond Re­search Group, said there were a num­ber of con­cerns, in­clud­ing over one species, the dace.

He said:“The main worry about the dace is that it is tak­ing over some ar­eas of the River En­drick where salmon and brown trout are nor­mally found.”

Ex­perts said the prob­lem would con­tinue un­less some­thing was done soon.

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