‘ Carp out’ tell Natural England as anglers worry over future of fish

ANGLERS are up in arms about plans to remove all the carp from a prime coarse fishery – and they seem set to be destroyed .

A0YCGK A angler setting up early morning at Hatchet Pond Beaulieu Heath

Hatchet Pond in Hampshireas New Forest is a day and season permit managed by the Forestry Commission.

Its stocks includeA carp to over 40 lb, double-figure bream, plus specimen tench, roach, perch, pike and eels.

The 12 -acre lake( pictured above) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is considered one of the most important point wildlife ponds in England. But the FC and Natural England are concerned about deterioration in the water quality.

Top club Ringwood DAA operate the fishing and are dismayed at the situation.

Ringwood DAA ponds administrator John Sudworth disclosed: aIt is not an easy venue to , but does have some quality specimens.

aNatural England does consider carp as a non-native species and will remove them from water it controls in all regions of the area.

aThe same thing happened at nearby Cadmanas Pool which was cleared of carp but unfortunately some anglers then re-stocked them merely for them to be removed again.

aNatural England did organise a public consultation session in February to consider the issue about the pond and to uncover their proposals but had already made up their mind about the carp.

aThey told at the time that they would try to re-home them but I have heard unofficially that this has not been possible so sadly it is likely they will be destroyed.

aI can see some anglers might take matters into their own hands and remove the carp themselves but we could not condone this, a added John.

And RDAA secretary Phil Nixon added: aWe know for sure that the that they will electro fish the pond and remove the carp and I have heard from a reliable source that they won’t be transferred elsewhere.

” It is sad to think of these fine fish being destroyed but Natural England seem to be dead set against carp in any of their ponds. I’m sure an angling club elsewhere would greet them ,” he added.

The FC didnat want to comment and Natural England via DEFRA failed to respond to Angleras Mail requests for a quote.

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