Could you kill a zan­der?

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

AZan­der (San­der lu­ciop­erca) are an in­tro­duced and nat­u­ralised species, first suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced into the UK back in 1878, when 23 of the 24 fish gifted to the Duke of Bed­ford by the Pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Fish­ery As­so­ci­a­tion sur­vived an ar­du­ous jour­ney across Europe be­fore be­ing stocked in lakes at Woburn Park.

From this small, and seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant, be­gin­ning, the spread of Bri­tish zan­der be­gan, with the most in­fa­mous in­tro­duc­tion that of 97 fin­ger­lings into the Great Ouse Re­lief Chan­nel in 1963. Deemed at the time by some river board of­fi­cials to be ‘a still­wa­ter from which they could not es­cape.’

The spread of zan­der through­out Fen­land has been well doc­u­mented by many au­thors, most no­tably Neville Fick­ling and the late Bar­rie Rickards, and a pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion oc­curred through­out the 1970s and 1980s, which has led to the species be­ing rel­a­tively wide­spread through­out river sys­tems, from the Thames to the Sev­ern, and the War­wick­shire Avon to the Trent. Ad­di­tional spread into canals, reser­voirs and still­wa­ters linked to the river sys­tems has also taken place, and in­deed fur­ther afield both by le­gal and il­le­gal trans­fers. The only ar­eas of the UK not cur­rently hous­ing pop­u­la­tions of zan­der are Scot­land and West Wales.

Zan­der, as a non-na­tive, are deemed to be an ILFA species, which means their in­tro­duc­tion is gov­erned by the Im­port of Live Fish Act 1980, and so a li­cence is re­quired to in­tro­duce them, and a per­mit to keep them in in­land wa­ters. It is an of­fence to in­tro­duce or to keep an ILFA species with­out the req­ui­site pa­per­work and, as the law cur­rently stands, it is an of­fence to re­turn a zan­der, or in­deed any non-na­tive species, to a wa­ter that does not hold a per­mit.

Some or­gan­i­sa­tions, and the Canal & River Trust is one, are granted a per­mit on the con­di­tion that they ac­tively re­move zan­der, and also en­cour­age an­glers to re­move zan­der. In­deed, they reg­u­larly elec­trofish and cull

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.