Readers may be interested in this interesting and heartfelt editorial concerning the state of salmon stocks on the Tweed, which aims to put in context efforts to improve the situation and has relevance to all salmon rivers.
As the beaver reintroduction is happening on a neighbouring river (The Otter) Dart anglers may be interested in the following.
Firstly, here is a recent report on the reintroduction from the BBC:
There is no mention of how beavers might affect fish migration so here is a policy statement from the Angling Trust regarding beaver reintroduction that covers that aspect among others.
“Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the same way that teenagers prefer unhealthy fast food, Swedish researchers have said.”
It is unclear from the article whether there is any evidence of harm to wildlife in this case or if it is a perceived danger.
Alexandra Morton’s views on salmon farming problems in Canada and beyond. Worth a watch.
What could be some good news for once, reported in the S&TC-UK blog:
From 1st September the Salmon and Trout Association has a new name:
Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK).
For more details, click here.
Slightly old news but of interest nevertheless –
The Environment Agency has awarded a landmark fisheries contract to the Angling Trust. This announcement follows a “rigorous competitive process” and is part of the EA’s “continued drive towards greater partnership working leading to thriving fisheries and angling throughout England”.