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Environment Agency South West Newsletter May 2013

Submitted by Mandi on June 19, 2013 - 2:35pm

This newsletter is a quarterly update on some of the fisheries work undertaken by the Environment Agency and other partners including the Rivers Trusts, within the South West region.
Fish passage improvements
Our Cornwall fisheries team employed APEM to undertake assessments for fish and eel passage at 11 weir sites and 24 hydrometric structures owned by us. The weir sites were selected on catchments that are failing for fish under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Further action is being undertaken on the River Yealm where two weirs in Storridge Woods are to be removed in 2013. Feasibility studies have been completed on weirs at Blachford on the Yealm and Cann Weir on the River Plym. Improvements are being made at the highest priority hydrometric sites for fish and eel passage.
A weir at Lower Storridge, River Yealm

Angling Lands £1.8 Million Sport England Investment

Submitted by Mandi on December 19, 2012 - 9:34am

Angling lands £1.8 million Sport England investment

The Angling Trust has welcomed the announcement today from Sport England that it has been successful in securing £1.8 million in funding over the next four years for some specific programmes of work to grow angling participation. This award represents an increase on the £1.56 million that was paid over the last four years to build an infrastructure of 1,400 coaches, 35 County Angling Action Groups and 91 Club mark-accredited clubs. While the award is less than the £2.35 million maximum bid submitted by the Angling Trust, most sports have had reductions in their funding due to cuts in the grant to Sport England from the Government.

Tiverton Canal to be re-stocked following fish losses

Submitted by Mandi on December 14, 2012 - 4:36pm

The Environment Agency is to re-stock part of the Tiverton Canal following fish losses caused by a spectacular bank collapse. Thousands of fish including pike, perch, bream, tench, roach and eels were washed out of the canal after a section of bank near Halberton gave way following torrential rain.
Water from a two mile section of the canal flooded surrounding fields creating a temporary lake. A team of Environment Agency officers assisted by members of the Tiverton Angling Club launched a rescue operation and successfully returned more than 400 fish to the canal.
However, they only caught a fraction of the fish trapped in the lake. Agency officers are keen to rescue as many of the larger fish as possible as these are an important part of the canal’s breeding stock.
There was some welcome news this week when the Environment Agency’s national fish hatchery at Calverton in Northamptonshire offered to supply young fish to help restock the canal. The hatchery was set up with the specific purpose of replacing fish lost through pollution and other unforeseen incidents.

Environment Agency prepares to rescue trapped fish

Submitted by Mandi on December 3, 2012 - 10:29am

   Environment Agency prepares to rescue trapped fish

Thousands of fish washed out of the Tiverton Canal and into a flooded field following the collapse of a section of canal bank are about to be returned to their former home thanks to a major fish rescue organised by the Environment Agency. The sudden collapse of the bank following torrential rain sparked a flood alert in Holbeton after it flooded a field on the outskirts of the village. Fish including, pike, bream, roach, tench, perch and eels were washed into a lake that quickly formed following the breach. On Monday (Dec 3) a team of Agency officers helped by members of the Tiverton Angling Club will set to work rescuing the fish that will die if left in the flooded field. Pumping has reduced the size of the lake that still measures approximately 150 by 60 metres and is up to 7ft deep in places.

2013 Coaching Opportunities For Dorset Anglers

Submitted by Mandi on September 14, 2012 - 9:43am

Dean Asplin

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to become a level II angling coach. The course will take place in Dorset on January 12/13 and 26th/27th with a single day on March 2nd and the final assessment on March 23rd.

Some funding support may be available so interested anglers or clubs with members who would like to become a qualified coach should contact Dean Asplin (pictured), our regional development officer in the South West by email at [email protected] This is a fantastic opportunity for sea anglers and clubs to take advantage of the benefits that Angling Trust Development can offer!