Shoot an­glers, not cor­morants?

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

SABS have tried to dis­rupt the an­gling cor­morant cam­paign and call for an­glers to be shot in­stead of cor­morants! The Hunt Sabo­teurs As­so­ci­a­tion launched a mis­guided at­tempt to dis­rupt the An­gling Trust’s Cor­morant Watch web­site by en­cour­ag­ing its sup­port­ers to record bo­gus sight­ings of cor­morants, goosanders and mer­gansers. When the site was set up to cam­paign for greater con­trols of these fish-eat­ing birds, which are now present in the UK in un­sus­tain­able num­bers, the An­gling Trust es­tab­lished a qual­ity as­sur­ance pro­to­col to avoid vex­a­tious ac­tion such as this. The An­gling Trust, which is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for all an­glers in Eng­land and Wales, calls on hunt sabo­teurs to stop wasting their time by record­ing false sight­ings be­cause they will not be in­cluded in the fi­nal fig­ures. The Trust urged them to un­der­stand the dam­age these birds are do­ing to fish pop­u­la­tions and fresh­wa­ter ecosys­tems.

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