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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.
Wednesday, 20th January 2016
The Wild Trout Trust has published its Report and Accounts for the last financial year - click here to download.
On 31 July 2015, the Trust became an incorporated charity, hence these accounts cover a 15 month period rather than the usual 12 months.
The accounts for periods prior to July 2015 are available on the Charity Commission website.
Accounts from July 2015 onwards will be published on our website and will also be available on the Charity Commission website under our new Registered Charity number 1162478.
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
As you may recall, the time of our Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, is split (in our favour!) between the muck and bullets of practical river habitat restoration and the ivory towers of academia within the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.
In a concerted effort to find some sort of halfway house, Jonny has recently devised a PhD project which will draw upon his expertise in stable isotopes (see the article he wrote for us in Salmo trutta a few years back), use them to characterise the structure of food webs, and test their use as a measure of habitat restoration ‘success’. Everyone (from an early age) learns about the concept of the food web so he is hoping that it will be a useful engagement and educational tool.
Jonny has teamed up with good WTT friends at the Ribble Rivers Trust who will co-supervise and support the student, provide the restoration sites to be considered, and who are interested in this approach as a tool to better convey an understanding and the value of restoration work via their ambitious project, Ribble Life.
Sunday, 10th January 2016
The Rivers & Wetlands Community Days programme aims to get volunteers working in and by our rivers and wetlands within the Thames Water catchment to make life better for their wildlife and the people that enjoy those places.
Up to £5000 per project is available through WTT's Rivers & Wetlands Community Days 2016, supported by Thames Water.
The deadline for applications is 29/2/16. Click here for the application form and process documents.
The previous tranches of funding for this programme have been very successful and there have been many good submissions that have been supported with funding.
We are looking for good bids that are aimed at works that communities can get involved in that have a benefit and develop an interest from communities for the river environment.
There is the opportunity to put bids in for the summer 2016 and multiple bids for different locations on different waterbodies/ communities can be applied for by the same organisation.
If you wish to put in a bid we would request that the detail or project description describes what is to be done in the river for the project. This will help give the panel a clearer idea of what the project is aiming to do and help with us agreeing funding the bid.
If you have any queries, please call Shaun Leonard of the Wild Trout Trust on 07974 861908 or Stuart Malaure at the Environment Agency on 07766 497290.
Monday, 4th January 2016
The December 2015 edition of Trout and Salmon magazine had a double page spread of suggestions from the Wild Trout Trust on ‘How to Improve Your River’.
That article is now available as a PDF – click here to view and download.
Click here for links to relevant material on the website associated with the various topics.
Friday, 18th December 2015
The Atlantic Salmon Trust and River Dee Trust are organising a seminar on Lower River and Inshore Tracking.
The seminar will include a series of presentations on current and planned acoustic tracking programmes and new technological developments. Work from both sides of the North Atlantic will be featured and a plenary session will help bring together all the different work streams that are being progressed.
The seminar will be held on Deeside on Friday 12th February. This is a brief email to suggest that you save the date and send a note of interest to Lorraine Hawkins - Lorraine Hawkins Lorraine@riverdee.org- if you are considering attending. Full details of the seminar will be sent out in the New Year and you will be invited to book a place on the seminar.
Tracking of resident brown trout has shown some surprising and very interesting results on the River Deveron, including an 84km 'in river' migration by one hen fish. Click here for more information.
Friday, 18th December 2015
There are lots of items of interest in the latest Riverfly Partnership Newsletter
Sunday, 13th December 2015
This newsletter from the two Environment Agency Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology Teams that cover most of East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has lots of items of interest, including summaries of a number of projects delivered with the Wild Trout Trust and other partners.
More topics of interest include s salmon parr in the Ems and actions to protect sea trout from nets in the sea and river mouths.
Thursday, 10th December 2015
This years annual raffle has been very successful and raised £5791.
Thank you to Sage, The Peacock at Rowsley & Haddon Fisheries, Orvis, Snowbee and Phoenix Lines for donating the prizes and to everyone who bought tickets. Your support is very much appreciated.
1st Prize (ticket 8124) Mr C Mason, Nottinghamshire
2nd Prize (ticket 1249) Mr J Paxman, Oxfordshire
3rd Prize (ticket 777) Mr E Kramer, Hertfordshire
4th Prize (ticket 8429) Mr C Mason, Nottinghamshire
5th Prize (ticket 625) Mr N Mills, Oxfordshire