Slaughtered smooth hound carcasses sparks anger

By Matthew McKew

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 

Slaughtered smooth hound carcasses sparks anger

The discarded smooth hound carcasses found at the Folly. Picture courtesy of Kevin Parker.

THE discovery of dozens of shark carcasses on an Isle of Wight shoreline has sparked anger amongst the Island's fishing community.

Around 50 to 60 smooth hound bodies were discovered by an angler at a slipway near the moorings at the Folly, Whippingham, last Friday.

Kevin Parker, 48, of Newport, who discovered the fish, said he believed they were caught illegally.

Mr Parker said the fish were a prize specimen for anglers, who catch and release them.

"To see so many, and some of them were pups, I knew straight away it must be illegal netters," said Mr Parker, of Westminster Lane.

Fears have been raised that flesh from the slaughtered smooth hounds could be passed off as huss.

Robert Clark, of Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, said the authority would work with its partner agencies to investigate.

Alan Bravery, manager of Scotties Fishing Tackle, said: "There are no hook marks and there is no way an angler could catch that number of fish.

"It must be commercial. They have obviously netted and gutted them."

Alan Deeming, secretary of Bembridge Angling Club and part of the Angling Trust National Conservation and Access Group, said: "These fish are incredibly important to angling competitions in the early part of the season. The Angling Trust is trying to get these designated as a recreational species only, to be caught and released."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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