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Minutes and presentations from the consultative 3rd Oct 2016.
The minutes and reports from the Nene Welland and Witham consultative forum are below.
Minutes and presentations from the consultative 4th July 2016.
Aim 1 - To improve fish stocks in agreed areas of the Wensum, which are open and accessible to Anglers, to a level that offers Anglers the opportunity for improved sport
To identify specific stretches currently available and decide species where population increase would benefit Anglers.
To decide whether habitat /weed/invertebrate populations in those stretches is suitable for species suggested.
Establish by netting; electro fishing; catch records etc. current fish populations Undertake a stocking programme where deemed appropriate to increase species population This could take form of adult fish introduction; or spawn or fry introduction.
Aim 2 - To identify areas of Wensum that could be opened up to Anglers which are currently not available
Map River to identify areas currently availability to Anglers and those not available and under Riparian Ownership Identify status of current availability - ie club; syndicate; day ticket; free access; private etc.
Approach Current land owners where no fishing allowed to see if they would open up their water to Anglers. This especially applies to areas where river restoration work has been carried out by EA
Aim 3 - To identify Predation problems within Wensum Valley and put in further measures to reduce if deemed suitable and appropriate.
To review Cormorant Population on River and identify areas where further management would be beneficial. Apply for licences accordingly.
To implement a feasible programme of signal crayfish trapping in liaison with EA and NE.
To identify Mink and Otter Populations on River by monitoring and feed back from Anglers; Clubs; Riparian Owners. Put in controls for Mink Population whilst recognising limitations imposed on Otter Control.
Aim 4 – To identify and understand the core components of chemical and diffused pollution impacting the Wensum Valley.
To work with UEA and others to analyse the sources of contamination.
To work towards building a community program of capturing the health of the river through programs such as freshwaterwatch.
To ensure that the statutory bodies have the evidence to resolve the point source components impacting the river.
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The group which formed in November 2016 by a group of like minded anglers passionate about the River Wensum, following the demise of the Wensum fishery action plan previously led by the Environment Agency. The river which rises at Whissonsett to the west of Fakenham and flows into the River Yare at Norwich. This iconic river has lost much of it's former glory when it was a weekly adventure for John Wilson on TV catching prime chub, roach and barbel.
We need a new fresh approach and as with many other rivers across the UK the Rivers Trust has created a framework to support this with both EA and AT support.
Your Fisheries has the potential to work for the Wensum and deliver a strong framework for reporting and planning.
66 Anglers turned out on an overcast day on the Middle Level Drain at Wiggenhall St Germans near King's Lynn for the 2016 Eastern Region Shield Competition.
Winner on the day was Andy Spencer fishing for Sensas Mark One Red with an indivigual wieght of 8.3 kg.
Overall Andy helped Sensas Mark One Red win with a points score of 46 and a winning weight of 24.380 kg, over 2nd placed Sensas Mark One Black with 44 points and a weight of 14.250 kg third went to Sensas Mark One White with 42 points and 14.595 kg.
Winners pictured below: Barry Stacey, Mike Kirby, Chris Lynn, Andy Spencer, Jack Damant and Dave Williams
For a full set of results see below.
Angling trust grant-writing skills workshops
Are you a club or fishery looking to improve your facilities, protect fish stocks or run a special project? Do you need to find external funding to do this?
Whatever stage you are in at in planning your project, we would urge you to attend one of four special Grant-writing Skills Workshops in the East region on:
Tues 26th July
Park Inn by Raddisson Harlow
Thurs 25th August **NEW**
Environment Agency offices
Weds 9th November
121 - 131 Boundary Road,
Weds 8th February
All four workshops are free to attend open to any angling provider. The evenings start at 6.30 pm (sandwiches and tea/coffee available on arrival from 6.10) and will finish by nine o’clock at the latest.
To register for one of the workshops simply click on the relevant Eventbrite booking link here:
Starting with first principles, the workshops will cover the following topics:
Who are your principal customers or target groups?
What is a Development Plan?
Different sources of funding;
Three key elements of your application: NEED, DELIVERY, IMPACT;
Your contribution to the project;
Tips for a great application;
Strategies for small clubs and fisheries;
The Angling Improvement Fund application process.
We also hope to give a brief overview of the Environment Agency’s sister scheme: the Fisheries Improvement Programme for habitat restoration and structural works on rivers and natural stillwaters.
These are part of a series of workshops being held across the country this year supported by the Environment Agency. For more details and a closer look at the Angling Improvement Fund, please visit the Angling Trust website at: www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund