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Sea lice killing 40% of salmon

Sea lice are causing almost half of wild salmon deaths, a report by Inland Fisheries Ireland has revealed. It is, of course, the aquaculture industry that is at the heart of the problem, and there are fears that unless action is taken to slash those statistics, it will have a serious effect on salmon fishing. The parasites could cause some fisheries to close if conservation targets are not met, the report says. There is also the real danger of rivers with only small populations of fish being hit by a loss of genetic diversity. Full story here.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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