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Environment Agency Fisheries South West Newsletter July - September 2014

Submitted by jane on November 28, 2014 - 5:07pm

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Fisheries newsletter
Wessex and Devon & Cornwall
July to September 2014
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 Wessex and Devon & Cornwall
Angling participation in Devon
We have helped to organise four angling days with two local colleges, South Molton Community College and Bideford College (with 20 students per day), in partnership with Bideford & District Angling Club (BDAC). The venue was the BDAC lake, 'Tarka Swims', which we helped fund nearly 10 years ago; it has full disabled access from the entrance gates, parking, pathways and access to all swims, plus full toilet facilities. It is managed and looked after impeccably by the BDAC.

Environment Agency Fisheries South West Newsletter April - June 2014

Submitted by jane on September 19, 2014 - 5:31pm

a quarterly update on some of the fisheries work undertaken by the Environment Agency and other partners including the Rivers Trusts, within Wessex and Devon & Cornwall
Investigations on the Biss and Frome
Mike Blackmore of the Wild Trout Trust has been investigating the River Biss, Wiltshire and Bristol Frome to try to understand why the fish populations (especially the brown trout) are failing under the Water Framework Directive (WFD)
Retyn bridge works help fish passage
Emergency works by Cornwall Council were required to repair a seriously undermined bridge at Retyn on the River Gannel, which had to be closed to traffic. With a swift turnaround, we helped guide the emergency bridge repairs at Retyn to include improvements to aid upstream passage for sea trout and brown trout using a rock ramp, and for eels by installing a sloping ramp of eel tiles.
Braunton Burrows eel pass installed
Fish rescue on the River Kenn

Grayling Population Genetics - Request for sampling assistance June 2014

Submitted by jane on June 13, 2014 - 5:01pm

PhD project “Assessment of adaptive genetic variation for management and conservation purpose of European Grayling”

Grayling Research Sampling

Sampling Rivers:   Hampshire Avon, Wylye, Yorkshire Derwent, Ure, Pickering Beck, Dee, Irfon, Severn, Wye, Clyde, Eden, Itchen, Aire and River Dove

I have started to work on my PhD project “Assessment of adaptive genetic variation for management and conservation of European Grayling”, jointly funded by Manchester University and the Grayling Research Trust, last year in September.

Angling Trust SW Region Development Road Shows 2014

Submitted by Mandi on March 5, 2014 - 12:14pm

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The Angling Trust is pleased to invite you to the 2014 Angling Trust South West Development Road Shows.

The first event in Swindon on March 22nd is the first in a series of Angling Trust Development Road Shows planned across the South West this year. We would like to meet as many different people from the world of angling and help to support as much angling participation as possible throughout the region.

The development road shows will offer you the opportunity to;

Environment Agency Oct- Dec 2013 SW Fisheries Newsletter

Submitted by Mandi on February 12, 2014 - 3:12pm

River Wey opened up for fish passage
The River Wey in Weymouth is now open for sea trout and salmon migration every day, for the first time in a century. Westham Bridge, built in the early 1900s, effectively blocks off the River Wey from Weymouth Harbour. All water leaving the river system has to pass through a series of penstocks and flood flap controlled culverts. Migration is now possible, because we have installed a retarder (simply a large spring) to hold the flood flap open. The retarder holds the flap open at 300mm for a short period either side of the rising and falling tides and closes when equilibrium water pressure is reached. This gives sea trout and salmon an opportunity to move in and out of the river. Roger Genge, fisheries catchment officer for the Wey, will be carrying out random visual checks at the bridge two hours before, or after high tide, to observe fish movement through the flap.

Environment Agency July - Sept 2013 SW Fisheries Newsletter

Submitted by Mandi on November 29, 2013 - 3:50pm

In Devon, the fish pass at Tipton St. John on the River Otter has now been completed. This site was previously discussed in our May edition of the newsletter and will allow upstream passage for fish, especially salmon.
Two weirs near Storridge, River Yealm in South Devon were dismantled and have been carefully rebuilt under the close supervision of Julian Payne, one of our geomorphologists. Structures known as ‘check weirs’ were included in the design and also some bank protection work was carried out to stop the river under-cutting during high flows. Using our ‘in house’ expertise we were able to complete this groundbreaking project at minimal cost. The clay company, Sibelco UK, donated nearly 200 tonnes of large boulders with an approximate cost of £8,000 to help the project. The 19 large lorry-loads of local stone came from less than two miles away. This helped keep transport costs down and reduce the carbon footprint of the scheme.
Angling participation events

Environment Agency April - June 2013 SW Fisheries Newsletter

Submitted by Mandi on September 9, 2013 - 2:35pm

Fish passage improvements
We have paid for the feasibility studies and designs for fish and eel passes at Clapton and Seaborough on the River Axe, Dorset. Both of these projects are being managed by the Westcountry Rivers Trust with funding through the Axe Exe River Restoration Project. Feasibility studies and initial designs have also been completed for a number of other sites, including St. James weir in Exeter. Pre-work preparations are also underway, for the removal of two weirs at Storridge on the River Yealm, Devon.
After significant operational issues throughout construction, the Tipton St. John fish pass on the River Otter is due for completion in September. The Colleton fish pass on the River Taw has now been completed, with work now focusing on reinstatement of the working area.

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

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