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WDAC Cormorant Survey
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 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 fish stocks killed every day, truly alarming and surely unsustainable.
The Club has secured a licence from Natural England to scare and if necessary to shoot up to 25 cormorants across all our waters. The Club’s original focus was our splendid roach fishery on the River Stour, but now it encompasses our still waters as well and Club officers have obtained agreement, where necessary, to facilitate the use of shotguns on these sites. Please remember that three cormorants hunting our waters for four months will eat at east 300lbs of prime fish. Remove these birds and we have more specimens to grow on.
Medleys, the top lake at Edmondsham has been strung, with individual lines across the lake to try to prevent cormorants taking the Club’s crucians and tench. However, that response is not possible on other waters.
There are daily raids, through the winter from cormorants on our local River fishery; and they also show up regularly at our still waters too. To replace the fish lost with new stock can cost the Club thousands of pounds, so taking action is financially important too.
We need to ensure that the Club is able to successfully apply for applications to control cormorants in future years. However, the Club’s officers are powerless to act without members’ support, for without facts we will not be granted any licenses to control cormorants.
I implore every one of you to log your cormorant sightings on the Club's website. It only takes a couple of minutes and will give the Club the information that will in turn empower us 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 cormorant and report them to us so that we can act. We need you all to act NOW, before it's too late.
Our fish are dying out there and YOU can stop it!
Read the report here
The impact of cormorants on our fisheries
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Protecting our club for the future
Thank you for taking the time to submit your information. It really does make a difference and will assist the club in protecting our waters for today and tomorrow.
YOUR club needs YOUR help to protect our valuable waters
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