New England fishing magazine, On The Water, is getting slammed in Ted Williams’ Conservation blog. According to this post, On The Water pubished an article by Alan Desbonnet that advocates “destroying [lamprey] spawning nests to help rid the river of these bizarre and disgusting creatures”. Williams points out that lampreys are a native species and are in fact an important part of the ecosystem:
If the whole is beautiful, no part can be ugly… Native sea lampreys fuel food chains that extend to trout, ospreys, eagles and even salmon
I like On The Water a lot, in fact I wrote an article for them about a year ago on shad fishing in the Connecticut River. OTW’s Gene Borque is really a tough editor and takes the integrity of the magazine very seriously. In fact, on a second assignment for OTW on smallmouth bass, Gene told me (in very helpful and constructive way) to spend the next year fishing for them and come back to him with the story when I knew what the hell I was talking about. Which is why I can’t believe this slipped through the cracks.