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You wouldn’t want to be a fish in Tasmania

Animals in Society Working Group

blowfishA seemingly (relatively) innocuous story caught my attention this morning.  Innocuous that is, unless you happen to be a carp living in Tasmanian waterways.  The story led with the line, “Fisheries officers are confident they will declare Tasmania carp-free next year, boosting the state’s reputation as a world-class trout fishery.” Convinced I had misunderstood the story – surely they couldn’t be saying that they needed to kill off and entire species of fish (carp) in order to make sure the waterways were full of another species (trout) so that people could flock to kill them – I read on.  Imagine my reaction when I realised this is precisely what the article was saying.  I was – and still am – torn between various emotions: anger, revulsion, indignation, and latterly, after reading this answer to the question of why go to all this effort: “Trout fishing is one of the…

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