More anglers are taking steps to stop the spread of ‘alien’ species which pose a threat to the UK’s fish stocks and aquatic environments.
Research conducted by the Angling Trust showed that almost half of anglers surveyed were now classed as ‘low risk’ – meaning they cleaned and dried equipment every time they returned from fishing – compared to just 21% five years ago.
However, one in five anglers still remain a ‘major risk’ to the spread of invasive non-native species after they admitted never following the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ procedures, indicating that further campaigning was needed to make them aware of the potential threat.
The research was carried out by Emily Smith, the Angling Trust’s Invasive Non-Native Species Manager while studying for her PhD at University College London (UCL) and included a survey of 680 anglers’ fishing habits. The aim of her thesis, titled ‘Conduits of Invasive Aquatic Species: The Angling Route’, was to investigate the risk of anglers inadvertently bringing invasive species to the UK from fishing trips in Europe.
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