Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Swan song for river close season

Britain's National Federation of Anglers today went on record to call for a
review of the scientific evidence supporting the close season on rivers.

It is appealing to all anglers to complete a questionnaire included in its
Angling Lines news sheet, available from tackle shops.

All rivers and drains are closed by law for 93 days, between March 14 and
June 16. But the NFA believes there is now no evidence that the statutory
break protects fish stocks.

The picture is complicated yet further by the close season being abolished
on canals which are run by British Waterways and anglers being allowed to
fish some stillwaters which are connected to rivers.