Wednesday February 15th, 2017
The Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and The Angling Trust are piloting a catchment based initiative. Norfolk Rivers Trust is host to the Broadland catchment and we are working closely with the Wensum Working Group to collate data from anglers and fisheries owners on the River Wensum.
Your Fisheries has a planning system which is web-based and the data collected is input to formulate a working report which prioritises issues that need addressing. Some of these issues may be non-native species, water quality, fish stocks or habitat. We will work with the interested parties to try tackle the issues raised and improve fish stocks in the Wensum.
We met with the Wensum Working Group in early January to begin the task and the issues varied from sedimentation and siltation problems to signal crayfish and predation problems. We will take these comments further by meeting with the Angling Trusts’ Jake Davoile to work out the best plan of action to manage predation along the Wensum. We are holding talks with Natural England to tackle the Signal Crayfish and we will meet with the Catchment Sensitive Farming team in order to discuss how to tackle farm runoff in severe rainfall events, as well as discussing with Highways how to protect our verges, reducing road run off.
Watch this space for more updates as the project progresses. Please email us with comments and issues you know of along the Wensum.