As i understand it Rob the EA use a 150 year rule when deciding if a species is native to a water. Yes species like carp and barbel may be classed as native to this country, but they will fall foul of the 150 year rule on many waters so cant be called native on these waters.
Like a lot of anglers I'm waiting to see what the EA comes up with on this one.
Native to individual waters or native to the country? I suspect it will be the latter. The good old Angling Times were responsible for barbel introductions in the 50's and 60's to quite a few rivers but the fish were already present in the country.
Can you imagine the balls up if the EA (or anyone else for that matter) tried to eliminate fish from waters that hadn't had a breeding stock for 150 years?
Bring back eat what you catch that's what I say! If you don't want to eat it then put it back, if you want to eat it then fine. If you haven't got a licence or permission however, then let loose the dogs of war!
Eating wild caught fish is good for my health, reduces food miles and keeps me fit trying to catch them........it's my choice to do it, not yours to stop me!