The Daily Post asked NRW to respond to the following points brought up by Mr White: *That NRW is making imposition of these catch and release byelaws mandatory, in contrast to England *That CPWF believes there is far greater threat to fish stocks from pollution, agriculture, hydropower and uncontrolled cormorant and goosander
populations - which attack juvenile stocks - than from rod and line anglers *That the byelaws will, and are already, having a detrimental effect on the numbers of anglers and threatening the viability of well established businesses *That in short they believe that NRW is using "a sledgehammer to crack a very small nut" with the legislation In each instance NRW directed us back to the Welsh Government's Marine Fisheries Inspector's Report.
A stroll up the banks of the Tees west of Darlington revealed a mother goosander
with her impressive group of 11 offspring.
The duck, a goosander
with a black neck and red beak, was discovered on Thursday April 19 and a veterinary examination confirmed it had suffered five gunshot wounds and three air rifle pellets were found in its body.
On the surface, goosanders
cut through the water with majestic ease, scanning the water surface for fish, or popping their heads under, in the hope of spotting a meal.
Themenalsohada toughday inthe club match at Penywern Middle Pond, where a flock of goosanders
had descended on the lakebefore the match and plundered the fish.
'There are three types of woodpecker there--lesser-spotted, great-spotted and green--as well as other birds, including warblers, flycatchers, nuthatches, treecreepers and goosanders
. And if you're very lucky, you might see an otter from Fisher's Hall.'
- large ducks with long red beaks - are also here but they will soon head back to Scandinavia.
| Other sightings this week include a flock of 65 full-grown juvenile Goosanders
near Beaumaris, and Hooded Crow at RSPB South Stack.
Male and Female Goosanders
in South Park Darlington, by Ray Simpson of Marske
That's because smolts are heavily targeted by goosanders
, cormorants and herons before they even get to sea.
Birds are really multiplying, for examples an goosanders
, mergansers and cormorants are coming more inland than they used to and they are affecting sewin."
The Angling Trust has been campaigning for over three years for a change to the current regime that governs the control of cormorants and goosanders
and have now concluded negotiations with the Government on the implementation of new measures to improve the protection of vulnerable fish stocks from predation.