BBC News. (2007, August 11). 'Poaching threat' to fish stocks. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6941262.stm [2007, August 11].
poaching; fish; flooding; migrants; Europe
An increase in poaching and extreme weather conditions have pushed fish stocks in British lakes to the point of collapse, an anglers' group has said.
Spawning conditions have been hit by two years of extreme weather, the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFC) said.
Members of the NAFC have also reported poaching of larger fish from lakes.
And Parliamentary angling spokesman Martin Salter MP claims some eastern European migrants take fish to eat.
The Reading MP said: "Poles and eastern Europeans, in particular, have been seen and occasionally caught removing all species of coarse fish, roach, bream and perch."
BBC correspondent Niki Cardwell says the problem is partly cultural with eastern European immigrants - for whom carp is a delicacy - taking fish from lakes.
They do not realise that it is unacceptable to eat the fish they catch, she says, adding that poachers have been seen patrolling lakes...