In 1995 a barrage was installed on the River Tees to combat industrial pollution and to also control flooding. However, for all the good the Tees Barrage has done in helping clean the river up and reducing flooding. The barrage causes a significant barrier to Atlantic Salmon & Sea trout from reaching their spawning grounds. Due to the design of the barrage gates this also creates a catastrophic amount of predation below the barrage as the migratory fish do not have a free flowing passage through the barrage.
There is currently a fish pass installed at the barrage, but this was an after thought during the initial design as the designers were led to believe there were no migratory fish in the Tees due to the pollution having killed of the majority of aquatic life.
A petition has been set up to have a fully functioning fish pass installed on Gate 1 that is available for 24 hrs a day, everyday, to allow the free movement of fish both upstream and downstream. Currently fish can only pass at very specific tide times and if they miss this window of opportunity they are then at extreme risk of predation.
The Tees is categorised by the Environment Agency as “at risk” due to it’s low returns. If nothing is done and done soon, we could loose this iconic species from the Tees altogether.
Please support the campaign to get the Tees back to the once great salmon river it used to be.
The petition link is :- http://chng.it/ZcH9z9s9yN