Tuesday, January 20, 2015

20/01/2015: Repairs to ancient English fish pass now complete

Work has finished to repair an ancient fish pass that was damaged in last winter's storms, The Northern Echo reports.

The Environment Agency has carried out the work at the Roman Steps near Skinningrove, east Cleveland, which is the largest in North-East England.


The work, which incorporates the historic site was completed in late December and will allow fish to migrate to the headwaters to spawn this year.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Allowing the fish to move freely up stream is crucial to find the best places to feed, shelter, spawn and grow. This fish pass will help meet Government Water Framework Directive targets to improve the quality of watercourses in the UK.

“The local area has a long history of angling and the Environment Agency is committed to creating healthy and sustainable fish populations throughout the North-East.”

The pass has cost UK£50,000 as part of a UK£350,000 scheme to repair damage resulting from last winter’s storms.

The fish pass enables the current fish populations of brown trout, sea trout, salmon and minnow to enter the upper watercourse improving the local environment.

Read the article HERE.

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