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.
Not massively relevant to us, but nevertheless good to see. This 23lb sea liced springer – believed to be the first of the UK season – was caught and released on the 17th on the Lower Garry in Scotland
“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,
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”.
From 2014 –
Dr Andrew King of Exeter University is using DNA sampling to track sea trout in the south-west of England as part of an Atlantic Aquatic Resource Conservation (Aarc) project.