Cormorant Watch - Protecting our waters from predation
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Cormorants on club waters
Keeping our club up to date on the threat of predation
Every angler will be aware of the threat to our fisheries from cormorant predation but here are a few scientifically proven facts to stress just how critical the problem has become:
Every winter a total of at least 20,000 cormorants fly over to Britain from the continent to feast on our freshwater fish. They are of the 'sinensis' race, [not our native 'carbo' from our coastal population] and each cormorant eats at least a pound of fish every day. That amounts to 20,000 pounds of our native wildlife killed every day, truly alarming and surely unsustainable.
The club have secured a license from Natural England to shoot three cormorants on our splendid roach fishery on the River Stour below Wimborne and before you pour scorn at what seems a pathetic solution to the problem, please note that three cormorants hunting our waters for four months will eat at east 300lbs of prime roach. Remove them and we have a lot more roach to catch and grow on to become two pounders.
There are daily raids from at least eight cormorants on our local river fishery and many of our other waters too, including our still waters. To replace the 300lbs of prime roach would cost the club at least £2,000 every year so removing just three cormorants saves the club a lot of money.
We need to obtain more licenses to control cormorants in future years and the club is gearing up a serious campaign to increase the numbers we can scare and even remove. However, we are powerless to act without every members support, for without facts we will not be allowed licenses to kill cormorants.
I emplore every one of you to get off your arses and log your cormorant sightings on the clubs website. It only takes a couple of minutes and will give the club the power to protect our fisheries and provide better fishing for you all.
So please get out there, make a note of where and when you spot the 'Black Death' and report them to us so that we can act. We need you all and we need you all to act NOW, before it's too late.
Our fish are dying out there and YOU can stop it!
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What's happening over the coming months....
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>> Our Game annual meeting and AGM events are both coming up soon. Please check out the calendar on our news page for dates, times and details.
>> Our new for 2018 Carp Series starts in March. Entrants stand a chance of sharing the £1000 prize pool. Entry is £60 and allows participants to fish 5 matches and potentially a 48hr final.
>> Please can we ask ALL members to make an effort to record sightings of cormorants via our new 'cormorant watch' page. The situation is critical and we ALL need to get behind the initiative.