ANGLERS are being urged to report sightings of an invasive fish species which could be about to enter England’s river network.
Usually found in Pacific and Arctic coastal waters and rivers, unprecedented numbers of pink salmon have been detected further south than ever before, and the species, which could carry diseases that pose a threat to native fish, is forecast to enter rivers in the North East and North West over the coming weeks. Simon Toms, National Fisheries Management Team Leader at the EA, said:
“We’re urging anglers to report the capture or sightings of all pink salmon to us as soon as possible.”
Pink salmon have large black oval spots on the tail, a dark mouth and tongue, are around 40cm-60cm in length and breeding males develop a distinctive hump.
Contact the EA on 0800 807060 if you spot or catch one.