Monday, October 6, 2014

06/10/2014: Carp cull causes club committee concern

A protest is set to be held as opposition builds to a planned cull of fish at Henleaze Lake, in Bristol, UK, reports the Bristol Post on its website.
Swimmers at Henleaze Lake, Bristol

Henleaze Swimming Club wants to remove 50 carp due to claims about the water quality at the lake, which is shared between anglers and fresh-water swimmers.

But tension between the two groups has been building with anglers accusing the executive committee of the membership-only swimming club of "killing healthy fish without a legitimate reason".

Ahead of the three-day cull by electrocution which starts on Tuesday, the club defended its policy.

Andrew Stuart, chief of the executive committee, said: "The last fish survey carried out in 2013 indicated that the current fish stock is many times above the recommended carrying capacity for the lake. It is well documented that stocking fish above guideline levels has a detrimental effect on fish health, water clarity and other water quality parameters.

"Reducing fish stock periodically is a common fisheries management practice and is generally carried out to improve conditions for the fish stock as well as to maintain a healthy fish population."

Read more HERE.

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