Britain: Troubled Waters

The salmon-poaching scandal

Charles Darwin would have loved the British salmon, school of 83. Returning this month as they do annually from their far-flung North Atlantic feeding grounds to rivers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales where they were spawned, the great game fish face a hazardous course that only the fittest survive. Along the way they are likely to encounter far more than the simple lures of sportsmen who gladly pay up to $3,000 a week for riverbank angling rights. The fish must also run an illicit gauntlet of nets, gaffs, snares, spears, dynamite, electric shocks, even poison, believed to...

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