The S&TA recently hosted a consultation meeting to establish a way forward on the thorny issues of classification and triploids,
The S&TA recently hosted a consultation meeting to establish a way forward on the thorny issues of classification and triploids, which had arisen from the Environment Agency’s proposals contained within its trout and grayling strategy. Scientist Nick Giles chaired the meeting which included Guy Mawle, EA project manager for the strategy, together with representatives from national and local game angling and fisheries associations in England and Wales.
The meeting was an unexpected chance for us to exert some genuine influence over a major strategy from the national fisheries’ regulator before completion of the final version. Guy listened to our misgivings over the principle of a national river classification system which we felt was too rigid and the timings involved in the imposition of the stocking strategy, which were too short, and that the impact of triploids had not been thoroughly researched. This latter point was certainly accepted by Guy, and it is likely that a longer period of research will be allowed.
Above all, we impressed upon Guy Mawle our collective desire that decisions on the classification of rivers should be taken at a local level, after close consultation with fishery owners, clubs and anglers. Although we accepted that there must be national guidelines to provide consistency across all regions, we stressed that these should be flexible enough for local fishery interests to adapt them to their particular circumstances.
UPDATE 24/04/02 – The Director met David Clarke and Guy Mawle from the EA Fisheries Department on Monday April 22nd, when he was updated on the progress towards the final version of the Trout & Grayling Strategy. It is unlikely that all our recommendations will find their way into the completed strategy, but it is clear that a significant number certainly will, which is much to the credit of the EA’s consultation process over this issue.
We will update you as and when more confirmed news is received.