A CEFAS Perspective on ECHO
As the government agency responsible for preventing
the spread of serious fish disease in England and Wales, CEFAS is
keen to work with any responsible group or organisation to prevent
the introduction and spread of disease. CEFAS is therefore particularly
pleased to be associated with the aims and objectives of the English
Carp Heritage Organisation (ECHO).
The creation of ECHO in 2002 represented an enormous step forward
for UK carp fishing. By encouraging and educating anglers to be
more aware of their own responsibilities towards protecting our
indigenous stocks, particularly against diseases introduced by illegally
imported fish, it has significantly improved the status and reputation
of fishing in general, and carp angling in particular.
ECHO has succeeded in unifying a large and growing section of the
UK's angling and fisheries fraternity. Its development, in terms
of influence and direction, is encouraging the setting of new and
improved standards in angling, fish welfare and fisheries management
across the industry. Its expanding influence in mainland Europe
will also serve to educate others, thus further helping to prevent
illegal imports of live fish entering the UK.
It has proved itself to be a responsible and highly respected organisation.
We look forward to working closely with ECHO in the future, and
we wish them continued success.
Head of CEFAS Inspectorate.