THE damage caused by cormorants has been highlighted by Martin Salter the Angling Trust‘s campaigns chief.

The bitter sweet irony of the catch of roach scaling 2 lb 2 oz, 2 lb and 1 lb 12 oz from Hampshire’s  River Avon, comes as the Trust make a push for the relaxation of culling laws for the black plague.

Sadly, two of the fish displayed cormorant damage.

Martin who is no stranger to specimen roach, having landed well over 50 from seven different UK rivers, said: ‘These magnificent creatures, that were once a regular feature on rivers like the Avon, are now as rare as rocking horse droppings thanks to 20 years of cormorant predation.

‘When two out of three big roach like this are carrying wounds, what chance do the rest of the diminishing roach population have of attaining their full potential?

‘I would urge every angler to get behind the Angling Trust’s Action on Cormorants campaign.’

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