Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
TAC Members-Only Forum
If you have arrived here and not yet signed up as a member, then please first join at using your real name.

Forum Membership is with Real Names only.
Please create a Username that is your First Name and Surname eg. "Joe Bloggs"
(This will save our Admin team the need to contact you about changing it)

Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
HomeHome  TAC Home PageTAC Home Page  SearchSearch  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Display results as :
Rechercher Advanced Search
Latest topics
» "Citizen Crane" project - sampling dates
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:16 pm by Ed Randall

» Citizen Crane Forum ~ 26th October 2018
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Invitation to the 2018 Eel forum ~ 15th October
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:38 pm by Ed Randall

» Mystery of dead eels found in rivers
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:43 pm by Ed Randall

» Eel Trap Clean Up/ training 5th May 2018 10am
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:40 pm by Ed Randall

» A new address for 2017 ~
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:48 pm by Admin

» Hampton Riviera removed
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Roads closed everywhere ~ July 29th/30th ~ bike race
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:14 am by John LeSurf

» *Thames Tunnel (Tideway Tunnel)*
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:56 am by John LeSurf

» new hotel at hampton court means loss of fishing
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:26 pm by Ed Randall

» FORCE clean-up in Donkey Wood ~ Sun 13th May 2018
Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 am by JeffHowe

Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:23 pm by John LeSurf

» penton hook tidy up.
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:05 am by John LeSurf

» Riverfly & Clean-up Donkey Woods Saturday 18th Nov 2017
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:02 pm by Ed Randall

» Biggest fish of all book
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:43 pm by Adrian Hoare

» Wandle Trust - eel pass installation - call for volunteers
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:53 am by Ed Randall

» Outfall Safari across London - call for Volunteers!
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:47 am by Ed Randall

» Fishing the Thames at Medley
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:33 pm by Trevor Rowe

» Thames Semi-Tidal Draw Off 2017
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:08 pm by Ed Randall

» Eel Trap Results 2017
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:07 pm by patrick barker

» Fish-swallowing Angler "lucky to be alive"
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:01 am by Ed Randall

» River Mole polluted at Horley
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:52 am by Ed Randall

» Petition to stop the export of elvers
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:16 pm by Ed Randall

» Riverfly Training ~ Hogsmill ~ 30th Sept 2017
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:56 am by Ed Randall

» Monster fatberg in Whitechapel
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:40 pm by Ed Randall

» Radio 4 ~ Macquarie: The Tale of the River Bank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:28 pm by Ed Randall

» Thames TideFest 10th September 2017
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:00 am by John LeSurf

» Invitation to the 2017 Eel Forum ~ 17th October
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:32 am by Ed Randall

» Do you recognise any of these men?
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 pm by Ed Randall

» Better access to free Thames fishing in Reading
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 am by Ed Randall

Angling Data View
River Levels
UK Map

Thames Tides

Share | 

 Environment Agency to finally investigate impact of otters on our waterways

Go down 

Posts : 490
Join date : 2009-12-27

PostSubject: Environment Agency to finally investigate impact of otters on our waterways   Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:42 pm


Environment Agency to finally investigate impact of otters on our waterways

The Environment Agency and Natural England could finally be taking anglers’ concerns over otter predation of fisheries seriously.

That was the cautiously optimistic conclusion delivered by the Angling Trust after a meeting between bosses from the three bodies last week, where it was agreed that scientific data from a number of rivers would be analysed to gauge the predators’ impact.

Mike Heylin, chairman of the Trust, admitted he went into the meeting expecting to face the same opposition he had encountered in previous gatherings, only to be pleasantly surprised.

“I thought it would be another table-thumping exercise, with them continuing to deny there was a problem, but I emerged with a sense of co-operation for the first time. Helped by the input of our members, we earmarked a cross section of rivers which we thought were indicative of the problems associated with otters,” said Mike.

“The EA agreed to see what data is available on these rivers, which cover four or five areas, regarding fish stocks, before and after otters were reintroduced. In three months we’ll meet again to see what data is available data which will stand up to scrutiny. I know a lot of anglers will be frustrated by the time this is taking, but we won’t change the legal position on otters or be able to manage their numbers without such time-consuming processes,” said Mike.

A spokesperson for the EA admitted the meeting represented a step in the right direction, saying: “The Otters and Fisheries Group discussed the work that needs to be done to understand the potential impact of the reintroduction of otters on river fisheries. This will be achieved by examining data sets from rivers suggested by the Angling Trust and its members together with rivers where otters have recently returned, or always been present without causing problems.”

Dorset big-fish ace Tim Norman has witnessed otter predation first hand on his beloved Stour and Hants Avon. Despite the apparent progress being made, he remains frustrated at the length of time it has taken to address the issue.

“I suppose it has to be good news that the EA is finally willing to investigate the problem, but in my opinion, it’s too little, too late - it’s a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted,” said Tim.

By Angling Times - 01 April 2010
Back to top Go down
Environment Agency to finally investigate impact of otters on our waterways
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
» The Economic Impact of the Chicago Marathon
» Finally getting started on my MTD build afer 1.5 years of pissing around
» Impact vest for Ladies
» Soccer positions in academy and its impact on kid learning and enjoying the game
» Impact Futbol Club 99 Girls Open Practices

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum :: Open Section :: News Board :: News-
Jump to: