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“I NEARLY EXPLODED WHEN I READ THIS TEXT…”

I WAS flabbergasted this week to see a press release from the normally very sensible Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) entitled “Don’t kill the cormorants”. 

The release claimed that the number of cormorants in Britain posing a threat to freshwater fish because of the number they eat, has stopped rising and it would now be wrong to heed cries to kill the birds.  It went on to say that the number of breeding pairs is also declining, according to the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Cormorants have been a big issue for the Angling Trust.

I nearly exploded when I read this text, which was issued by Alan Brothers, the Institute’s press officer, but doesn’t seem to be up on the Institute’s web site.

Back in February the Angling Trust published a 10,000 word dossier (download it on our cormorant page HERE),  highlighting the massive damage that cormorants and goosanders have done to freshwater fisheries and how their numbers have risen to plague proportions. The idea that these predators are not a problem because they’ve have only increased by 15 fold is patently ridiculous.

Try making this laughable claim that cormorants aren’t a problem to the fishery owners and angling clubs who’ve been put out of business by unsustainable predation, or the millions of anglers who have seen the population of many species decline sharply in recent years due to unsustainable predation from cormorants (and indeed goosanders).

The Angling Trust has been campaigning for three years for a relaxation of the hugely bureaucratic and expensive constraints on legal control of cormorants and goosanders by fishery managers.  We are not calling for a cull, but merely giving fisheries the freedom to protect their fish and the £3bn angling industry.

I hope that this was just the work of an errant press officer and not an official position from the IFM, an organisation with which we normally work closely and productively.

Any readers wishing to share their experience of increasing cormorant predation with the Institute should contact: info@ifm.org.uk

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