De­fend­ing catch-and-keep

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - NEWS & VIEWS -

HAV­ING just read Jeff Prest’s ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject of catch and re­lease [Wad­ing In, TF 514] I would like to add my own view. The fish we pur­sue, fall into two cat­e­gories, namely wild and stocked. I would no more kill a wild fish of any species than I would kill birds that ar­rive at my bird ta­ble. But fish that are bred for the sole pur­pose of be­ing caught and taken by a large num­ber of my fel­low an­glers, ex­ist only to be re­moved. In­deed, many small still­wa­ters can­not nat­u­rally sus­tain any sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion of fish. Do the ob­jec­tors never buy trout or salmon from the fish counter at Mor­risons? The only dif­fer­ence is that the fish we take are hu­manely dis­patched. David Down­ham, by email

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