Fishing set to be temporarily suspended in Eastville Park and St George Park
FISHING is set to be temporarily suspended in Eastville Park and St George Park.
Those angling to catch their next big fish are asked to respect the temporary closure of the two lakes which will coincide with the nationally recognised “closed season” from Tuesday, March 19 to Saturday, June 15.
The temporary suspension will enable council staff to clear away discarded rubbish, debris and abandoned fishing lines in and around the lakes.
The council says this build up of discarded waste is known to cause harm and suffering to wildlife, particularly to young waterfowl born in the springtime.
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“There have been a number of incidents where swans and their cygnets, ducklings and other wildlife have been tangled up in fishing lines or have eaten discarded fishing-related items,” said Jamie Roberts, parks manager.
“And as a result these beautiful creatures have become injured and distressed, and in some cases endured hours of suffering and died.
“Temporarily closing the lakes at this time and carrying out a thorough clean up is the just the first step. Work is already underway, but it will take some time to really clean up, so we ask anglers to respect the closure.”
To support the temporary closure, the local Neighbourhood Working Project have agreed to carry out patrols of the lakes.
• The lakes in Eastville Park and St George Park are technically “still waters” and are therefore not officially subject to the “closed season”.
The council says the temporary suspension of fishing will not only allow for a clean up, it will also protect young wildlife being reared this spring.