Lets hope there is more fishing, more fish and less pollution .......
agreed its the thing that draws us back - the real chance of a 30 or even a 40lberJust heard Ed Brown has won last years Charles Farlow trophy for his fish from Spreadeagle, they are scarce but this river represents still the chance of a big fish
Tight lines everyone if we manage to get a go
Seeing the latest non-statement from Ruth Jenkins gives me no hope for the future. More of the same old same old. Anything mentioning 'partners' 'educating' 'to help' etc is just more wasted money from waffle-muppets. Bah!Not boring, phosphate is often out of control in most settings, moreso in my catchment now with all folk confined to barracks... but the synchems are increasingly important.
But again, maybe find out if anyone's actually monitoring it routinely now given what replaced WFD...
good luck with the fishing mind.
21 Jan 2021
|Tighter phosphate targets change our view of the state of Welsh rivers|
|For the first time since stricter targets for phosphate levels were set for Wales’ rivers, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has today (21 January 2021) published an evidence package outlining phosphate levels for all river Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across Wales.|
There are nine river SACs in Wales – Cleddau, Eden, Gwyrfai, Teifi, Tywi, Glaslyn, Dee, Usk and Wye. These rivers support some of Wales’ most special wildlife like Atlantic salmon, freshwater pearl mussel, white-clawed crayfish and floating water-plantain.
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) recommended that UK nature conservation organisations adopt tighter targets after considering new evidence about the environmental impacts of phosphate. In addition, the predicted warmer and drier weather resulting from climate change could reduce river flows during the summer, and so increase phosphate concentrations.
Following the new measures, this evidence review shows that overall, phosphorus breaches are widespread within Welsh SAC rivers with over 60% of waterbodies failing against the challenging targets set.
The river with the highest level of phosphate failures was the Usk with 88% of its water bodies failing their target. Previously published data about the Wye, as well as new data on Cleddau shows that over 60% of river sections failed their targets.
The lower Teifi and parts of the Dee also failed to reach the standards.
All waterbodies in three rivers in north Wales - the Eden, Gwyrfai and Glaslyn – as well as the Tywi passed their targets.
Ruth Jenkins, NRW’s Head of Natural Resource Management said:
“Phosphate can cause significant ecological damage to rivers and can lead to the process of eutrophication in rivers, a highly problematic issue.
“Conservation standards were tightened as a means of safeguarding the river environment and countering the impacts of climate change. The new targets set for phosphate levels in our rivers are challenging – but rightly so.”
Phosphate is naturally occurring, and is released slowly, at low levels, from natural sources, from natural bankside erosion for example. However, phosphates can also enter rivers from land management practices, sewerage and foul water that can contain detergents and fo
Actually, The guys I have met from NRW on the fishery have all (with one exception) been top blokes with Dave Drewett being an absolute star. It's the layer we never see from upstairs who are the problem imho.There must be a course NRW staff go on to learn to write this rubbish. If you meet one of them they speak like they write.