River adapted to pre­serve fish af­ter fall in num­bers

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

ECOL­O­GISTS HAVE adapted parts of the River Seven in York­shire to pre­serve its na­tive fish due to con­cerns that num­bers were dwin­dling.

York­shire Wa­ter has been work­ing along­side the East York­shire Rivers Trust (EYRT), the Wild Trout Trust and the Seven An­gling Club in Sin­ning­ton, Ryedale, to carry out the project.

The com­pany se­cured £8,000 from its bio­di­ver­sity fund while the EYRT also ob­tained a Fish­eries Im­prove­ment Grant from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.

The money was used to in­tro­duce large wood de­bris to de­flect flows away from dam­aged banks and pro­vide cover for the fish.

The en­vi­ron­ment has also been al­tered to pro­vide a new river flow which is more in keep­ing with the fish’s habi­tat and to im­prove chances of fish spawn­ing so species such as brown trout and grayling can thrive once again.

Prin­ci­pal ecol­o­gist at York­shire Wa­ter Dr Ben As­ton said: “When of­fered, we jumped at the chance to help out.

“The River Seven is a stun­ning stretch of river and main­tain­ing its en­vi­ron­ment is very im­por­tant to us. We were con­cerned by the drop in na­tive fish num­bers so we are thrilled that help­ing the EYRT and Seven An­gling Club can en­sure the river will main­tain its ‘good eco­log­i­cal sta­tus’ for self-sus­tain­ing fish species.”

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