• Commercial fishery fined for invasive species

    by  • September 22, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A commercial fishery has been fined nearly £5000 and ordered to pay £30,000 costs after checks revealed the lakes contained wels catfish and topmouth gudgeon. John and Wanda Ray pleading guilty to five offences under the Import of Live Fish Act for having the  invasive species in several lakes at Clawford Fishery in north Devon. The fish removal and clean-up operation cost around £170,000 and took several months. Full story here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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