Angling Times (UK)

HOW THE THAMES HAS CHANGED!

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I LOVE reading the articles from Keith Arthur – they’re so evocative, and I can reminisce on how things have changed in my lifetime.

I recently bought a copy of Along the

Riverbank from a charity shop. Published in 1990 by Readers Digest, it relates that even as recently as 1957 the Thames in London was so polluted that the only fish you were likely to catch were eels!

Thirty years later, in 1987, a survey of the fish population in the river running through London revealed a dramatic increase to 17 different species, as displayed in the table to the right.

I’d be fascinated to know how clean and habitable the Thames is today, and what varieties of fish make it their home.

Over to you, Keith!

Reg Smirthwait­e, email

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