Just spent a good while studying the EA's answers on the previously asked questions regarding the otter predation problem and its the answers I expected. I'm not at all convinced with some of their points, and I'm not at all convinced anymore that a £27 a year license fee to watch MY waters being eaten alive is very good value for money. So no, I'm not very impressed with the quango that is the EA.
Do NOT do what the person in the picture is doing, ie standing close, if not actually under the growth.
Do not approach this plant closely at all, and do not get the sap anywhere on your body clothing or fishing tackle.
The stems, leaves, and sap contain several photosensitizing furanocoumarins, which in contact with the human skin and in combination with ultraviolet radiation, cause burning of the skin. After a period of about 24 hours flushing or reddening of the skin (erythema) and excessive accumulation of fluid in the skin (edema) appear, followed by an inflammatory reaction after three days. The reaction of the skin will also depend on individuals sensitivity. Approximately one week later a hyperpigmentation (unusual darkening of the skin) occurs on the affected areas, which can last for months. The affected skin may remain sensitive to ultraviolet light for years. All blistering should be treated as a burn and in severe cases medical advice should be sought as untreated blistering can lead to permanent skin damage and recurrent dermatitis.
Since this particular specimen is on land controlled by the EA I would like to know what steps will be taken to destroy the plant, and make the area safe for anyone using the Trail, or indeed fishing the nearby Dearne?
Post by envagencyyorkshire on Aug 15, 2012 9:08:41 GMT
Apologies for not arranging another web chat yet. We've just been given a load of work around Water Framework Directive and it's taking up a lot of our time at the moment.
We haven't forgotten about you though, and if you want to we can look at putting one in the diary for October with you guys posting your questions throughout September?
I have to be honest and say the last chat didn't get much interest. Doing something like this takes a lot of time and as we keep saying we have a lot to do. I'm happy to leave it with you but my suggestion is as follows:
If the Mods are happy a thread is opened up on 1 September where you can post your questions.
We'll keep an eye on them and if there's enough interest we'll set aside a couple of hours in October to answer them like we've done before. If there aren't many questions then we'll just post answers without the 'live' aspect.
I hope this makes sense?
Happy fishing and I hope the angling Gods are kind to you. Pete