How can this possible be right!!!! I believe every living thing, whether it be bird, insect, mammal or fish have the right to survive in their natural environment. So imagine my horror when this contraption came along. It is an electronic fish stunner. At first I thought the men were doing a fish survey, checking to see how many fish were in a given area, but I was totally wrong!! They were targeting the Pike. Why might you ask? Because the Angling association want these predators to vanish from their waters. They think "no Pike", more fish for them to catch. Wrong! What about the Cormorants, Gulls, Herons and other mammals and birds that take the fish. All these are also present in fast numbers. Are the Angling Society's going to kill them as well??? Don't they realise that Pike can also be of benefit?. Yes they eat live fish, but they also eat the dead and diseased fish helping to keep the fishery healthy. I fish for pleasure and if I catch a pike its a bonus. I admire it, weigh it and then put it back to live to see another day. These men were placing the stunned pike in a bucket, half the size of a dustbin. What do you think the pike feel kept together in a small container, especially as they are mostly solitary creatures only getting together when they spawn ( which, incidentally, is during the Spring ) I asked the men what they would do with them, they told me they were taking them to another water. Yea right!! I did not believe them!!! I personally think that they will all be killed. So I say to all the Angling society's, Associations and Clubs, please think again. They have every right to be here.
|Notably in Britain and Ireland, pike are greatly admired as a sporting fish and they are returned alive to the water in order to safeguard future sport and maintain the balance of a fishery. The Pike Angling Club has campaigned to preserve pike since 1977, arguing that the removal of pike from waters can lead to an explosion of smaller fish and to ensure pike removal stops, which is damaging to both the sport fishery and the environment|