The last generation of anglers?
AFTER Sir David Attenborough’s recent pointed warning that climate change has left the collapse of civilisation and the natural world “on the horizon”, American magazine Hatch Mag put the situation into a stark fishing context, by asking in a recent article if the last-ever generation of trout anglers might be wandering around in nappies today. Blaming the impending calamity on “wilful political and on-the-ground in action on climate change ,” it looked ahead to an age where food production was a challenge and hunger for millions a reality. Some way down the pecking order of calamity, but relevant nonetheless, the article said swathes of trout habitats are threatened by climate change, according to scientific data. On a mildly positive note, Chris Hunt, the article’s author and digital director for conservation group Trout Unlimited, said that work being done by many in the fisheries world is at least helping capture carbon and make trout water more impervious to a warming world, but that so much more remains to be done.