Angling Trust backs Crucian Conservation Project

The Crucian Campaign logoThe Angling Trust is backing a new National Crucian Conservation Project in an attempt to help reverse the decline of one of the nations most loved fish.

Crucian carp have always been a key species for anglers. Over the past thirty years, however, many of the farm and village ponds that were a key habitat for crucians have disappeared and the stocking of a wide range of other carp species has led to inter-breeding and hybridisation of many crucian populations.

In a bid to prevent this from happening the Crucian Study Group - made up of celebrity anglers, fishery owners, the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency - has been formed. The group is the brainchild of angling artist and Norfolk-based specimen hunter Chris Turnbull which set up the National Crucian Conservation Project and plans to develop a national network of crucian fisheries in a bid to boost the numbers of the species.

Martin Salter, Angling Trust Campaigns Co-ordinator and one of the National Crucian Conservation Project team members, said: "We are delighted to have been given a chance to bang the drum for crucians at the Angling Trust's annual coarse fish conference and have decided to combine this with the formal launch of the project. We are receiving pledges of support from all over the country for the cause of crucian conservation and it is clear that many anglers want to be part of a crucian revival which is music to our ears."

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