£2 MIL­LION BOOST FOR COR­NISH FISH­ING

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - News Reel -

FOL­LOW­ING news (April is­sue) of the ex­tra­or­di­nary £19 mil­lion that is to be in­vested in im­prov­ing fish pas­sage on the River Sev­ern, the West­coun­try Rivers Trust has an­nounced that £2.2 mil­lion is to be spent restor­ing the Cor­nish rivers Camel and Fowey. The Trust has se­cured £1.6 mil­lion of Euro­pean fund­ing for its Wa­ter for Growth pro­ject, which will “fo­cus on im­prov­ing habi­tats for de­clin­ing salmon and trout”. Up to 20 bar­ri­ers will be re­moved to con­nect al­most 100 miles of river. Work­ing with vol­un­teers, the Trust will also “clean gravel to re­store spawn­ing grounds, in­crease light on shaded grav­els to in­crease in­ver­te­brate life and cre­ate habi­tats in the rivers and on the banks to en­sure they can sup­port all stages of fish de­vel­op­ment.” Lau­rence Couldrick, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the West­coun­try Rivers Trust, said: “By cre­at­ing a bet­ter habi­tat for wildlife and bring­ing more salmon and trout to the rivers, the pro­ject will bring long-term ben­e­fits to lo­cal an­glers and our tourism in­dus­try.” Other money has been pro­vided by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (£400,000), South West Wa­ter and the Trust (£200,000). Visit: wrt.org.uk

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