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Tuesday, 13th December 2016
An 850-page report, outlining a three-year research project on sea trout in the Celtic (Irish) Sea has just been published.
There are some important messages from the work. We now think we know that Celtic sea trout are organised into nine genetic groups (so a trout is not just a trout) and that most sea trout (but not all) stay close to their natal river.
But, there is significant mixing of stocks at sea with individual fish travelling as far as 300km to feed and possibly pioneer into other areas, thus introducing new genetic material to that patch. As a consequence of this stock mixing at sea, fisheries taking trout are mixed stock fisheries where the home water of any individual fish cannot be known just by looking at it.
The Executive Summary of the report picks out other practically significant aspects, relevant to attempts to manage sea trout stocks.
Friday, 9th December 2016
WTT Conservation Officer Gareth Pedley, along with the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the EA, are running workshop demonstrating river habitat improvement works such as coppicing and tree laying to create fish cover.
The workshop will take place Tuesday 20 December 9.30am—3.30pm on the River Irt at Gaterigghow, Gosforth
This event is ideally suited to angling club members and riparian owners who undertake river work.
For full details click here.
Wednesday, 7th December 2016
The Environment Agency has just published its 2015-16 Fisheries Report, together with reports from each of its 16 area teams.
The reports highlight ongoing fisheries work in England, including the productivity of WTT's excellent partnership with the Agency across the country. Click here to view both the national and regional reports
Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) has just published a report, The effect of natural flood management in-stream wood placements on fish movement in Scotland, that provides a review and analysis of information on the passage by fish at wooden obstacles (woody placements), used for flood management.
Click here to view the report.
WTT contributed to the expert panel that informed the report, through one of its trustees and Argyll Fisheries Trust Senior Biologist, Alan Kettle-White.
Tuesday, 6th December 2016
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Lots of retailers, insurance companies, travel companies and mobile phone companies will make a donation to us when you shop with them using easyfundraising.
Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wildtrout/ and join for free.
There are no catches, hidden charges or unwanted adverts and Wild Trout Trust will be really grateful for your donations.
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Fish Legal has helped the Inler Angling Club in Northern Ireland to start the process of restoring a purely wild trout fishery using compensation money obtained following a 2013 pollution.
This settlement is a very good example of how a wild trout fishery can claim compensation from a polluter and use the money to improve habitat in the river.
The Inler Angling Club received an Advisory Visit from the Wild Trout Trust earlier this year.
Ian Kittle, Secretary of the Inler Angling Club, said:
“We are glad that something positive has come out of the 2013 pollution disaster, when most of our fish were wiped out. Fortunately the wild trout in the tributary streams were unaffected and should be the basis of a restored population in the main river.
“We think that really looking after the wild stocks from now on, including the sea trout, via the habitat restoration work recommended by the Wild Trout Trust, is much the best way to go rather than having to rely on expensive stocked fish artificially compensating for a degraded habitat.”
Click here for the full story.
Thursday, 1st December 2016
At WTT, we strive to ensure that we employ staff of immense quality, expertise and knowledge. But, they can’t know it all, so we have a group of experts in their fields who advise, independently and pro bono, on a range of issues.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Prof Alastair Driver, recently retired as National Biodiversity Manager with the Environment Agency and an acknowledged expert in a wide range of conservation and ecological disciplines, has joined that team. Alastair will bring us his vast experience and expertise in catchment management and restoration and specific areas of ‘above-water’ conservation e.g. otters and water voles.
In addition to his voluntary work with WTT and several other NGOs, and his professorial role at Exeter University, Alastair is now getting stuck into planning a new professional life as a consultant specialising in catchment restoration.
WTT’s Advisory Team
Prof Alastair Driver joins an awesome team, giving freely of their time and expertise to WTT:
Neil Auchterlonie Dr Alan Butterworth
Dr Adrian Collins Prof Andy Ferguson
Michael Heaton Dr Paul Kemp
Vaughan Lewis Dr Nigel Ling
Prof Mark Macklin Dr Guy Mawle
Dr Mike Pawson Prof David Sear
Will Twiddy Dr John Webb
Dr Chris Williams Tim Woodward
Monday, 28th November 2016
The Environment Agency use catch return information from anglers with migratory licences to help determine the status of salmon and sea trout stocks and to target action to improve populations.
Catch returns are due by 1 January 2017
You can submit your catch return online: https://www.gov.uk/catch-return
Nil returns are also required !
By providing an accurate catch return you will help ensure that the right decisions are made to improve salmon and sea trout populations.
Friday, 25th November 2016
We are very sorry to report the death of Ron Holloway today. He is a great loss to the world of trout conservation and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to his family and his large network of friends.
Just a few days before he died, WTT Director Shaun Leonard presented Ron with the Bernard Venables Award. This is the news item that announced that award:
Ron Holloway is greatly respected in the world of wild trout fishery management. He keepered the Martyr Worthy fishery on the Itchen for 34 years and visited other fisheries, across the world, to offer his experience and bring back to the UK what he’d learned, especially in North America. In the mid-80s, he was extolling and practising ideas that are the bedrock of today’s fishery management: Ron spoke of the need for holistic catchment management and used woody debris to create cover and habitat diversity in his own river. His first book, You Should Have Been Here Last Thursday, outlined his thinking and tales from decades on and in his river. Ron has influenced and inspired many of today’s riverkeepers and activists for our rivers and their trout, including lots of students (and staff) at Sparsholt. He was a founding father of the Wild Trout Society, the progenitor of the Wild Trout Trust.
So, all in all, a pretty good reason why Ron Holloway is WTT’s 2016 winner of the Bernard Venables Award, as it “recognises lifetime services to wild trout conservation, and honours those whose vital work, often unusual, sometimes outstanding, often goes unrecognised”.
Well done, Ron and thank you from all at WTT and from all the UK’s spotties.
Sunday, 20th November 2016
Thank you to everyone who voted for our application for funding to the Aviva Community Fund to by-pass a huge weir on the River Goyt. Our final score was 4,932 votes.
We have now reached the final stage when the project will be assessed by the Aviva Community Fund judges panel.
We will know whether or not we have been successful on 10 January.