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Friday, 14th December 2012

 

The annual Wild Trout Trust raffle was drawn on Tuesday 11th December at the Thomas Lord in West Meon.

The winners are:

1st Prize, David Andrews from Doncaster

2nd Prize, Edward Wakeham from Minehead

3rd Prize, Red Spinner Angling Club

4th Prize, Ian Thompson from Shrewsbury

5th Prize, Chris Payne from Liss Forest

 

Thank you very much to our donors who generously provided the raffle prizes:

The Peacock at Rowsley

Sage

Orvis

Rother Valley Organics

 

Wednesday, 12th December 2012

 

The Wye and Usk Foundation have announced changes to their voucher based wild trout fishing. In his recent newsletter, Stephen Marsh -Smith outlined the reasons for the change:

‘The Roving Voucher scheme was something we pioneered in the late 90’s to make more wild trout fishing available and at the same time provide an incentive for the farmers who own these stretches to look after and value them. In the early days we received project funding to expand the scheme as it brought visitors to the area. It enjoyed considerable early success and has been replicated across many other parts of England and Wales.

However, since 2009, there has been a decline in its popularity, with anglers opting to fish our larger beats and stretches via the booking office and visiting other parts of the country. It is a time consuming, high mileage and expensive system to run, given the modest income and we faced harsh choices in deciding what to do next to avoid serious losses. Our options were limited:  Either we closed the scheme entirely or significantly increased charges, such that it would become uncompetitive with other subsidised schemes or our own Booking Office. We set about the third option: changing the system in a way that secured revenue and covered the costs but enabled the essential spirit of wild fishing to continue. We always wanted to keep the Wild Fishing element.

There are a number of points which we hope clarifies how the plan will operate:

·         There is no proposed increase in the cost of the fishing for 2013 (there hasn’t been a rise for some time)

·         The scheme aims to cater both for occasional fishers and regulars with either the booking facility or the season ticket. You don’t have to have both

·         The amount of available fishing and the low level of usage ensures that the Wild Fishing will remain just that – wild. We will work to increase the overall number of Wild Stream beats next year and beats that are taken on will be immediately available to you, rather than having to wait for the 2014 Passport brochure.

·         We want the scheme to continue and ask that it does no more than cover its costs.

More details are available of the Wye and Usk Foundation website  click here  and page down to the 7th December update . 

Thursday, 29th November 2012

The 2013 Three-Fly Challenge will take place on 22 June at Meon Springs Fishery in Hampshire. The closing date for entries is 15 June. Click here to download full details and how to enter.

Friday, 23rd November 2012

The Moray Firth Trout Initiative (MFTI) has received a grant of £56,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The MFTI is an exciting new project that aims to protect the future of Moray Firth Trout populations and the communities that depend on them through education and conservation. The project will be administered by the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

The Moray Firth Trout Initiative (MFTI) is a partnership project that will work with local Fisheries Trusts, District Salmon Fishery Boards and Community Angling Associations to protect this species through environmental education and the conservation of trout populations and habitat.

Brown trout and sea trout are both the same species, Salmo trutta, and are highly adaptable, found from highland hill lochs down through major rivers and streams to coastal estuaries and out to sea. However their broad distribution and diverse life history exposes them to extensive threats from changing land use practices in their freshwater habitat to environmental changes and declining food supplies at sea. Although, sea trout catches are known to be falling in many regions in Scotland, very little is known about how our brown trout populations are faring. This is particularly prevalent in the Moray Firth where there has been a 42% decline in the average sea trout rod and line catch over the last 10 years. In 2011 the Moray Firth Rod and line catch of sea trout was the second lowest year on record (1952-2011)1. This worrying trend is threatening local Angling Associations and Clubs that have traditionally relied on sea trout fishing to attract members and visiting anglers.

The MFTI will work with the local Fisheries Trust network to provide both school aged children (primary and secondary) and adults with a better understanding of freshwater ecology and a sense of ownership of their local environment through education and practical involvement in conservation.  The MFTI will deliver 15 school visits per year and a series of educational talks and walks on the biology of trout and the threats they face in local rivers and burns.

Furthermore the MFTI will offer local volunteers the opportunity to get involved in the practical conservation and management of their local rivers and trout populations. There will be opportunities to conduct habitat surveys, collect trout scales, survey coastal and upland hill Lochs while also helping to restore degraded local rivers and burns.  This work will help inform local fisheries management and will protect our local freshwater ecosystems helping to ensure healthy and productive trout populations for future generations.

The establishment of the Moray Firth Trout Initiative is excellent and has the full support of WTT. We are collaborating to take forward a few ideas, such as incorporation of WTT's Mayfly in the Classroom programme into the schools' work of the Scottish rivers and fisheries trusts, with training for the trusts' biologists organised and run jointly by MFTI and WTT.

If you are interested in volunteering or helping in anyway contact:

Marcus Walters, MFTI Project Manager on 07500602216 or walters.mfstp@googlemail.com

Saturday, 17th November 2012

The Angling Trust has published a National Angling Strategy. The strategy, called 'Fishing for Life' , aims to find ways of overcoming barriers to increasing the number and diversity of anglers and maximising the benefits to society from people going fishing.

The results of the National Angling Survey, completed by 29,000 anglers, have also been published. 

Full details are available on the Angling Trust's website here

 

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

 

Tim Jacklin has recently completed a major river restoration project at Glandford Mill on the River Glaven in North Norfolk. 

The project involved creating a new meandering river channel through the bed of a former mill pond. The second phase of the project will install a fish and eel pass at the mill sluice, enabling trout, sea trout and eels to access the newly-created habitat upstream of the Mill and beyond.

This work was funded by the Environment Agency as part of the East Anglian Sea Trout Project.  The new river channel was designed by Professor Richard Hey and the works carried out by West Dereham Plant Ltd.

The video below shows a time lapse film of the creation of the new channel. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

 

Rivers: Working for Wild Trout

A film about improving wild trout habitat in rivers now available! 

Just released ! A 70 minute film feature that follows WTT Vice President and journalist Jon Beer as he visits three very different rivers in England in the company of Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officers Andy Thomas, Tim Jacklin and Paul Gaskell.
The film graphically illustrates the challenges of managing river habitat for wild trout, with examples of good and poor habitat and practical demonstrations of habitat improvement. Additional sections of film cover key topics in greater depth, as appendices and expert forums. The rivers featured are the River Meon in Hampshire, Rivers Dove and Manifold in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and the River Don as it flows through the centre of Sheffield.
To purchase a copy of the DVD (£10), click here.

Watch the highlights below:  

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

The WTT website is continually growing and updated almost daily.

Our aim is for this site is for it to be the online authority on wild brown trout & wild brown trout conservation. The first of a series of pages that are being constructed is the Ferox page, descrbing the biology of this huge predatory trout. The page has been reviewed by experts, as all of our pages will be, and can be viewed by clicking here

 

 

Monday, 12th November 2012

This event is being delivered in partnership with the Arun and Rother Connections Partnership (ARC) and the
South Downs National Park Authority on 6 December at Pulborough Village Hall RH20 2BF - there are 2 sessions to choose from, either 2pm to 5pm (afternoon tea provided), or 6pm to 9pm (light supper provided).

Click here to download full details

Thursday, 8th November 2012

The study, titled 'Impact of parasites on salmon recruitment in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean' used groups of tagged fish, 1 group treated with parasiticides and another group without to investigate the effects of parasites on survival. 

The results provide experimental evidence that parasites, even in a large marine ecosystem,  can have large impacts on fish recruitment, fisheries and conservation.

As the crustaceans were probably acquired during early marine migration in areas that host large aquaculture populations of domesticated salmon, which elevate local abundances of parasites; there is strong reason to believe that cage salmon aquaculture is affecting the mortality of wild salmon populations. The authors concluded that parasites may account for between 18 to 55% of adult salmon in the Northeast Atlantic.

The full abstract can be seen at the following link; click here.

 

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