The devastating damage being caused to the country’s stillwaters and rivers by illegal fish poaching was highlighted again this week when officials of a small angling club stumbled upon these horrific scenes of dead fish.
Bailiffs at Norfolk’s Bodham Marl Pit were routinely patrolling the popular water when they noticed what appeared to be a large length of thick line protruding from the water.
Upon further inspection, the team were shocked o find the rope was attached to a crude net containing numbers of sizeable fish.
“The line was connected to a gill net measuring 31m long, and five big common carp were trapped in the mesh,” said a club bailiff.
“We had to cut them free ¬all were alive and were able to be returned to the water. We have stepped up security with more patrols, plus the police are doing night-time checks. If these poachers are caught, they will be prosecuted.”