The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), based at Cefas, has created a web page outlining the new Crimestoppers’ campaign to stop illegal fish imports, smuggling and tackle theft. These issues fall under the “Angling under threat” campaign slogan.
Most anglers believe illegal imports damage angling and should be stopped. Others feel that foreign fish should be allowed onto secure enclosed, licensed sites. A few in the angling fraternity feel that movements of live fish should be de-regulated, and that fishery owners should be allowed to introduce whatever species they like, irrespective of origin. Some angling media display a mixed stance: one minute fighting against illegal imports and the next publishing articles that are slyly supportive.
The long-term ecological and environmental impact of foreign fish is unknown. Read more