SANA are greatly dismayed to learn of the announced further reductions of fishery operations at Loch Leven and the imminent closure of the hatchery & rearing ponds. Historically, Loch Leven has been the home of
These measures constitute a major loss of what was once considered the premier
Together they are an important part of
Undoubtedly, a major contributory factor has been the constant predation by up to 800 cormorants estimated by recent biological surveys, to average 80,000lbs of fish, primarily trout, annually. The habitual refusal of applications to annually cull even 50 of these predators, due to restrictions imposed by SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) have obviously exacerbated the situation.
The loch and its immediate surroundings have been designated at the highest level of protection and should be a jewel in the country’s environmental crown but with the dramatic reduction in fish stocks, it would appear that two of the original three pairs of Ospreys have left the site for ‘greener pastures’.
To lose of this facility, constitutes a major blow to
This obvious lack of environmental stewardship by all concerned, bodes ill for the future of game angling and poses the question, “which freshwater facility in