• Green group sues California over stocking fish

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    California is stocking lakes by dumping non-native fish from planes without permits, an environmental group is claiming. Wilderness Watch says the California Department of Fish and Game is illegally jettisoning “fish by airplanes and canisters borne by packstock into waters of the United States, including those in federally designated areas”. It says the state does not have Clean Water Act permits to dump fish into lakes by air, or to release fish fry “transported in oxygenated plastic bags” by horses and mules. It alleges that stocked fish “alter the physical integrity of the lakes” by changing nutrient cycles, spreading diseases to amphibians, eating tadpoles and competing with native fish for food. The case (details here) will be heard in a San Francisco court.

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    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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