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The Scottish Parliament requires information from anglers everywhere, about what would happen if GS arrived in Scotland. Heaven forbid.

Taken from my local angling club's site. Please fill in and circulate to others.

Its important so please do take a few minutes if you can spare them.

Make sure your voice is heard.

Cheers

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Scottish Executive has recently commissioned Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling Universities to establish the costs of measures to prevent the parasite getting to Scotland, the economic impact on angling in Scotland if it does get here, and the economic and social costs of attempting to contain and eliminate it locally.

As part of the study, anglers are being asked to fill in a simple on-line questionnaire to provide information which includes how they would react to the loss of salmon angling if the parasite got here. Pitlochry Angling Club has been asked to help publicise the questionnaire, which can be found at

www.gcal.ac.uk/econsurv/salmon_parasite.htm

We understand that, for a robust sample, many more anglers are needed to fill in the questionnaire than have done so to date (26 April). The questionnaire is easy and quick to complete, yet will provide much needed information. Please do your bit!

Parasite threat

If you have fished abroad recently, or are from abroad and are going to be fishing in the UK, please read this item carefully.

The Tay Board has recommended that all anglers sign a declaration before they are allowed to fish in the Tay District that their equipment (including bags, waders, landing nets, lines) has not been used outside the UK recently, or if it has, that it has been disinfected by thorough drying at a minimum of 20oC for at least two days, or by other approved means.

This is because of the concern that anglers who have fished abroad recently could, unless they take precautions, bring in a highly virulent parasite Gyrodactylus salaris on their fishing equipment, which would have disastrous consequences to Scottish salmon. The parasite is present in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. Some other European countries could also have it too. The UK and Ireland are free of it. It occurs on several species of fish, but, other than salmon, most fish species are tolerant of it. Indeed, in parts of Russia, Finland and Sweden, the salmon are tolerant of it too. This is not the case with our salmon. The parasite would spread quickly and it would mean pretty well the end of the affected rivers as salmon rivers.

It is not just salmon anglers who need to take precautions. We get visitors from Scandinavia and the continent who fish for trout and grayling on our internationally famous stretch of the River Tummel, for example, and anglers from Scotland sometimes fish in Scandinavia or the continent.
 
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