Prolonged dry weather can affect fish stocks and the fisheries they support. Where water levels fall, low dissolved oxygen levels can put fish at risk, especially during warm weather and where there is a lot of weed growth. Fishery managers will be well aware of the risks affecting their waters, but we hope this advice will be a useful reminder.
See the attached download below for more specific information from the EA team.
Fisheries & Biodiversity Technical Officer
East Anglia Area
Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NE
External Tel: 02030251804, Internal Tel: 51804, Mobile: 07881 512038
Please see the following press release from the Agency following the nasty polution incident on the upper Ouse near Brackley.
From: Area Manager Correspondence, East Anglia [mailto:AreaManagerCorrespondence.EastAnglia@environment-agency.gov.uk]
Sent: 05 July 2018 10:01
Cc: Jerrom, Kye <email@example.com>
Subject: River Great Ouse Pollution Incident
We wanted to provide an update on our response to the pollution incident on the River Great Ouse between Brackley and Milton Keynes.
What we are doing
10 Environment and Fisheries Officers have been out everyday recording evidence and collecting water samples to understand the environmental impact since Friday 29 June. Our incident room opened on Friday to oversee this activity which will continue for the foreseeable future.
Fisheries Officers were looking for evidence of fish mortality, impact on fish stocks and other evidence of environmental impact this will inform any appropriate mitigation and enforcement action.
Our current observations suggest that the impact on the environment has reduced and is having less impact further downstream. We believe that the pollutant has passed through Stony Stratford and into Milton Keynes with no immediate adverse impacts on aquatic life passed Thornton, Buckinghamshire.
It would appear that the pollutant has had a significant impact on aquatic life but we currently don’t believe there is a risk to humans or other animals (pets and livestock), however as a precaution we recommend that people stay out of the River Ouse and keep pets and livestock away from the river between Brackley and Milton Keynes until we have completed our investigation. We would also advise anglers not to fish in sections of the river if there appears to be pollution eg dead fish or turbid water.
Please continue to report anything unusual on the river downstream of Thornton where we have last recorded impacts. If you become aware of odours, foaming or dead fish please call our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 – providing location details.
It is too early to tell exactly what damage has been caused but we know many fish have died and there has been an impact on invertebrates as well. We appreciate that people would like us to be able to give concrete time scales regarding the recovery of the river, but in reality it is simply not possible to say exactly how and when the river will recover. A river is a complex ecosystem made up of numerous species of plants, invertebrates and larger species. Different species recover at different rates. Some are likely to return relatively quickly whilst it may take years for other species to be back to recent levels.
We will continue to work after the incident to consider how we might support the river to recover from this pollution event and will be keen to work with anglers, landowners and other interested parties at that time.
If you have any questions please can you direct them to our National Customer Contact Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03708 506 506 which will ensure your questions are tracked and responded to in a timely manner.
Follow us on Twitter @OusefishEA to stay up to date with Fisheries activity
Finally, we are happy for you to share the information included in this update with others.
Dr Charles Beardall
East Anglia Area Manager
Miinutes and presentations from the consultative 2nd July 2018
Please find attached the 2018 Ely Ouse hydro acoustic map for circulation.
Click the ‘download attachment’ link below to download this report as a PDF
Fisheries Officer - A&R
Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Area
Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE2 84NE
External Telephone: 02030251870
Here are the minutes and reports from the NWW consultative forum which took place on the 9th June 2018 at Nene House Kettering.
Regional Forum Colchester 14th June 2018
Eastern Region Shield 2018
As announced last year, I have secured the River Ouse in and around Bedford for this year’s competition to be held on Sunday the 16th Sept. It will use the Danish Camp at Willington as its headquarters, where breakfast will be served from 07:15 and returning to announce the winners and a couple of beers. There is plenty of parking at the Danish Camp and it’s around 4.5 miles away from the furthest section at Oakley, so the competition will run from 10:30 – 15:30.
I have with Graham Palmer and Steve Drakulic’s help put together the sections which will start at Willingham, Kempston, Billingham and Oakley, in 20 peg sections.
I have quite a bit of interest from local teams, in what will be a stick float tactics, at first for the ERS.
The competition will follow on two weeks after the hospital cup, another long standing and famous match. Steve and James Drakulic are however running a summer series of matches which are open for all to attend. Details are attached.
I look forward to your early registration, as I hope to have a full house of 20 teams. So please let me know, if you intend to enter as early as possible.
Forms and more information below to download.
Chairman AT Eastern Region.
Miinutes and presentations from the consultative 9th April 2018