What does ACA stand for exactly? (assuming branding is important). My grey cells are tickled here.
We have similar problems here in Malaysia, where laws are established (some!) but enforcement is next to zilch. People get away with (fish) murder, literally.
I'm currently leading a small NGO called KAGUM; Kelah Action Group of Malaysia (kelah is local name for mahseer here). We try to help the govt and other bodies conserve the rivers and their fishes. We are thus a 'soft' group; quietly building awareness on river conservation and pollution and related issues, via handouts, talks, display booths at certain events etc.
Recently, we started a fun activity called River Clean-Up. We choose a river stretch which is frequented by picknickers and such, go there on a sunday and pick up the rubbish. Handouts on river conservation are given out too. It proved to be a hit, both for members as well as the public. They started helping us!
Oops, back to your issue! Yes, there's a need to have an organisation that pursues these culprits and reset the culture. The govt always need some 'help'
There was a case here recently, where several individuals were caught red-handed netting hundreds of mahseer in a restricted National Park river by the park rangers. They were handed over to the 'relevant body', who was quoted as saying: "We need to make further investigations, to determine whether these individuals were fishing for commercial reasons, or for feeding their families...' I felt like getting a gun.
Steve, do you think a fishing association can play this vigilante role? I was made to understand that Denmark, a relatively small country, has a fishing association with about 50,000 members, with strong influence in govt, and has professional scientists and administrators running their office. This is what strength in numbers (and money) can do. The results are stupendous, from where I'm fishing, er , sitting. Straigthened rivers (read drains) were restored to their original meandering ways, The fishes came back naturally, including the sea trout and salmon. Children education is also a focus area It's the children who later educte the adults.
Does India have an angling association? Maybe that would be a good idea. The next step would be to persuade influential individuals to be part of it, whilst going for the numbers. One key success factor ouwld be having a core group that makes sure the association sticks to the cause, and not be too swayed by politics.
Just my sincere thoughts.