A British fishing body has recruited interpreters to explain the sacred, yet often unwritten rules of Britain’s waterways to migrants who are treating the sport as a plentiful source of free food.
Now the fees that British fishermen pay for the right to fish on rivers are being spent to educate foreigners about British fishing etiquette.
Britain’s carefully managed waterways have provided a source of relaxing amusement to native amateur fishermen for generations, yet the carefully balanced ecosystems and jealously guarded fishing rights are under threat from migrants.
The British fishing community has reacted with fury to imported fishing customs and habits from eastern Europe, including Poland and Lithuania, where waterway culture is significantly different. While in Britain river fishing tends to be for sport only and fish are thrown back unharmed once caught, in Poland and other European nations it is a popular means of putting foot on the table, reports The Times.
Now the Angling Trust has recruited Polish and Lithuanian speakers to their ranks to help foreigners understand the ways of British fishing. Glamorous, platinum-haired Patrycja Bury will instruct Polish speakers that stringing nets across rivers and stealing fish on a massive scale isn’t acceptable in Britain.
Lithuanian speaker Martynas Pranaitis has also been brought on to the ‘building bridges’ project. In a statement, the Angling Trust said of the hires:
“Many migrant anglers come from cultures where coarse fish are regularly taken to eat and over the past ten years some migrants, often unaware of our laws and conservation-based angling culture, have continued this practice – causing tension amongst the angling community in England.
“Avoiding such community division is one of the reasons why the Angling Trust’s new Fisheries Enforcement Support Service in partnership with the Environment Agency has established this issue as a priority for angling. The Environment Agency has commissioned the Angling Trust to deliver this service, paid for by rod licence income”.
Fish are not the only protected animals in Britain struggling with cultural differences of incomers. Breitbart London has reported on some of the many cases of swans being shot and eaten by Romanian gangs on riversides in England. Although not exactly a common delicacy in Europe, Swans are protected in England as property of Her Majesty The Queen.
One such bird was killed and eaten near Windsor castle, the official home of the British monarch. This particular incident was considered to have been especially egregious, as not only was a swan killed and eaten illegally, but the feast took place over an open fire in a park with a strict no-BBQ policy.
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