Inaction on pollution: a rod to beat anglers with…

ANGLING seems to be one of Northern Ireland’s quiet success stories, with the Leisure Minister telling us the other day that it is worth more than £22m to the local economy (and the Deputy First Minister being a keen participant). Despite this, the authorities seem to have little interest in taking on the polluters responsible for the countless fishkills here, like this one reported yesterday. Perhaps it’s embarrassment stopping them, as the upprosecutable Water Service was NI’s worst polluter, up until it recently became NI Water. Never could get into fishing myself, but it does seem very popular locally and attracts thousands of tourists each year, and the neverending tales of pointless destruction of the river environment must be frustrating to those anglers who enjoy the sport and go to tremendous effort to protect these delicate and beautiful ecosystems.