Llamas brought in to transport rare fish in Lake District

The Environment Agency has used llamas – yes you read that correctly – to transport the extremely rare vendace half-a-mile up a mountain to ‘save the population’.
Derwent water in the Lake District is thought to be the only water where a ‘sustainable population’ exists. The reason given for this essential use of our fisheries investment – we pay the fishery budget with our rod licence money – is ‘climate change’.
If you will pardon the expression: poppycock! If warming water is likely to cause their demise, a few hundred metres will, surely, only delay the inevitable. And if a fish species has survived the massively greater changes our climate has enjoyed in the last 2000 years, an increase of a couple of degrees over a century won’t give them any concern at all.
Being inquisitive – or nosey even – I did some research and found that this isn’t the first time the Derwent vendace have been interfered with. Just five or six years ago some were taken for egg stripping and fertilisation in an attempt to restore populations to lakes where they had gone missing. The reason for the missing stocks wasn’t quoted as climate change then, though, but sewage pollution, eutrophication and general man-made causes.
Some adult fish and hatchery-reared fry were transferred to other waters – as had been done 10 years previously too, again with no citing of climate change.
Maybe some research under the Freedom of Information Act could be carried out to determine how much anglers have paid for this so far. Maybe some would consider that money would be better spent
preventing stocks of equally or more important fish – namely the ones we actually fish for – declining even more rapidly thanks to invasive species such as mitten crabs, crayfish, mink and cormorants – never mind zander and catfish; or unwisely-introduced species such as otters, ‘returned’ to an environment where their sustainability depends on anglers (again!) paying for fish to feed them.
Granting licences to pollute, abstract, navigate, drain, canalise, divert, build and so on does nothing to help any aquatic animal survive. Wasting money trying to re-establish creatures, even fish, where nature has decreed they aren’t capable of survival, is simply throwing our money down the drain.