- Jul 25, 2018
THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has been handed the chance to tackle some of the biggest issues facing fishing after receiving millions of pounds in extra income. In the four weeks following the lifting of lockdown restrictions on May 13, more than 335,000 rod licences were sold, a 230 per cent rise in les
Obviously we know that if anything - it will be put into flood prevention, to the detriment of the sport which produced the money in the first place...
But where "should" it go?
I'm tempted to say a gung ho removal and banning of weirs which act as barriers to fish migration...
Imagine the Ribble as a prolific Salmon venue... the Mersey even!? And the Lune being returned to former glory.
Then again, how would the fish get the memo?
The reversal of the campaign to strangle the life and soul out of Northwest rivers - reviving them from being reduced to 1-2ft shallow streams of near 0m/s flow, and restocking them to levels prior to the "great suffocation" of the last few decades
... would be a great place to start, in its natural form - the Mersey is not unlike the Severn or the Trent, the difference is that it's absolutely destroyed by barriers and pollution, why should that be the accepted case? Look at the reason why it won't sustain Barbel and then fix that.