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Angling Trust launches cormorant watch

The Angling Trust has called on the government to do more to protect rivers and lakes from fish-eating birds. In a letter to Environment Minister George Eustice, the Angling Trust is demanding a doubling of the number of cormorants licensed to be shot in England annually to 6,000.x

It also calls for the relaxing of the requirement for evidence that goosanders are damaging fisheries before a licence will be issued. The Angling Trust says the new measures are needed to halt the decline in coarse and game fish in England, particularly endangered salmon and eels which are now at critically low levels nationally.

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