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Friday, 26th February 2016
Our good friends of the Monnow Rivers Association are running a fundraising auction to support the fantastic work they do for the Monnow and its’ tributaries. The auction is run on Fly Forum and ends at midnight on 2 March.
Click here to see the lots and place a bid.
Friday, 26th February 2016
This is an uplifting story of a river that has recovered from chronic pollution to become a superb fishing river. Watch this excellent three part series on BBC iPlayer.
Will Millard travels from its source in the Brecon Beacons National Park to Merthyr Tydfil, and fishes for wild brown trout in an unlikely location.
Tony Rees, Chairman of the SE Wales Rivers Trust and good friend to the WTT assisted with the making of this mini-series.
If you would like to fish the Taff, bid for these lots in our auction which starts on 4 March:
Monday, 15th February 2016
Countryfile on Sunday 14th Feb had a feature on flood management which covered the theme of working with nature.
It is well worth watching! It is good to see a mainstream programme with a large audience (8.6m viewers) putting the case for natural flood management and showing the risks of dredging.
Click here to see the programme on the BBC iPlayer.
The first section, starting at 7mins in to the programme, looks as the example of the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor where the National Trust has been using a range of techniques to hold water back and slow flows on the River Aller. For a more comprehensive view of the work at Holnicote, see the video below.
The second section, at 27 minutes in to the programme, is a revamp of our Emriver video that shows the unintended consequences of dredging. The Countryfile team approached us to use this video (which we were very happy for them to do) and essentially re-created it to fit the programme.
This section also interviewed a representative from CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management). You can read the CIWEM report on floods and dredging here.
Friday, 12th February 2016
Before the Wild Trout Trust can deliver habitat improvement projects, we often have to apply for, and be granted, Flood Defence Consent (FDC) from the EA in England. The FDC process applies to all work on main rivers – which is almost every project we deliver.
This is a necessary bit of ‘red tape’ as it checks that the work we do won’t cause an unacceptable flood risk.
Currently, FDC applications cost £50 each though our close partnership with many EA area teams often means that fee is waived. In an attempt to recover some of their admin cost, the EA in England is proposing to increase this fee to £170 plus a £70 compliance check fee (and the possibility of further charges for multiple structures on one site).
Clearly the money for this will come out of the project budget, and not be spent on delivering habitat improvement. We feel this is nonsense, especially when we are very often partnering with the EA to deliver these projects very cost effectively to help them achieve their (and our) targets!
In their attempt to raise money from the FDC process, the EA will either stop, or make more expensive, many of the projects they are keen to sponsor.
We have made this clear in the consultation which is currently underway. If you feel strongly (as we do) please add your voice to the consultation.
The consultation closes on 14 February, and you can enter your comments here.
Click here for a copy of WTT's draft response.
Thursday, 11th February 2016
A long overdue review of our freshwater and marine recreational fisheries has been compiled and published this month by Dr Ian Winfield, one of the UK's leading fish biologists based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster.
Ian presents an overview of these fisheries by describing their main features using the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, and then considers the threats that they face and the management that has been developed in response. While we at WTT tend to dwell on river habitat issues, Ian reminds us of the problems stillwater fisheries face too, with for example, reference to the scientific research underpinning the improvement of the world renowned Loch Leven trout fishery.
The paper is open access, free to download here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12562-016-0967-y
Monday, 8th February 2016
The Wild Trout Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, is holding a demonstration of practical habitat improvement techniques for river trout fisheries on Saturday 27th February on the River Welland, Stamford.
The day will be led by Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer, Tim Jacklin, and there will be an opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn techniques that can be applied on your own fisheries. All welcome !
Click here for more information on the demonstration day.
Click here for more information on the Welland Sea-Trout Project.
Wednesday, 3rd February 2016
The RRC Annual Network Conference will be on the 26th and 27th of April at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.
This great conference aims to capture a wide ranging view of river and catchment restoration and to provide a unique opportunity to connect all functions interested in, and involved with, restoring and managing healthy, functioning rivers. The event attracts the major players in river restoration across the UK and is massively informative and good fun.
Further details at http://www.therrc.co.uk/conference-booking
Wednesday, 3rd February 2016
The River Restoration Centre's annual River Prize celebrates the achievements of those individuals and organisations working to improving the natural functioning of our rivers and catchments.
The overall winner bags the Nigel Holmes Trophy and £10,000.
Further details at http://www.therrc.co.uk/uk-river-prize
Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Two interesting job vacancies for people who could make a difference in the fish world.
One for a Fisheries Officer with the Environment Agency based in Lincolnshire - click for details.
The other as a Freshwater Fish and Fisheries Specialist with Natural England, based more broadly - click for details.
Thursday, 21st January 2016
WTT members may be interested in this petition from Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, closing date 25 February 2016, to protect wild sea trout and salmon from sea lice emanating from salmon farms:
WTT reported in its autumn 2015 newsletter on a study from Ireland, Scotland and Norway on the impacts from salmon farming on sea trout populations, especially in relation to sea lice infestation. It is thought that more than 13 sea lice on an individual sea trout post-smolt will kill it; this study looked at around 8000 post-smolts, finding loads of up to 400 lice per fish.
The work suggests that a sea trout river must be 30-40km away from a salmon cage farm for there to be no impact on the post-smolts from sea lice emanating from the farm. At less than 15km distance, lice emanating from the farm will kill 50-100% of the sea trout post-smolts.
Salmon farming in Scotland and especially Ireland has many fewer safeguards in place to try to protect sea trout, compared to the Norwegian industry and its regulators. That said, this study estimates that across Norway, 65% of rivers have sea trout populations whose numbers are regulated by salmon farms in the rivers’ fjords.