A very interesting read from Stuart Crofts, a fly fishing guide and invertebrate expert with the Riverfly Partnership, on how anglers and all water users need to act now and take biosecurity measures on board to prevent further spread of invasive species in our freshwater environment. He has put a lot of effort into liaising with several different organisations and indivduals to present this very clear and useful report.
There are several messages for anglers/ghillies/angling associations to take away from this report and a clear and concise set of recommendations that should be taken up by these different groups. The steps required to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful invasive species are not difficult, in fact they are really very simple and these recommendations highlight this.
“Anglers, like most groups, hate change but we must do so and lead by example if we are to protect our much loved sport and the waters we fish. Hopefully, with time, biosecurity will just become part of the culture and be as common place as washing your hands before handling food or putting on a seat belt before driving.
Think carefully on what can be done, but doing nothing should not be an option.” – Stuart Croft
To read Stuarts Full article please follow this link http://www.riverflies.org/sites/172.16.0.99.riverflies.local/files/Biosecurity%20-%20Stuart%20Crofts%20report%20November%202012.pdf
The Club is a private one, founded in 1877, of approximately sixty-four members and six Town Rod subscribers. The Club’s waters consist of about 12 miles of wild brown trout & grayling fishing in the main River Frome, River Cerne and River Piddle, together with attendant carriers and side streams. The waters extend both above and below the town of Dorchester and the Club employs a part-time keeper.
Day Tickets are only available during the trout season and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (season 1st April – 14th October)
The Police have made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. Members should always call 999 to report it and not phone the keeper. Without a report the police will not be aware of the extent of a problem.
If possible note or photo vehicles.
Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
In order to give the call handler an accurate location they recommend putting the “what3words” app on your smartphone. Click here…
Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.com The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
To find out more please visit
the NNSS Website