Northern rivers spring fish counts have recently been released by the Environment Agency, below are some preliminary observations:-
Looking at the June 2020 figures of fish being counted through the Durham fish passes. It’s worrying to note that only 1186 fish were recorded which is substantially below the long term average of 1990 and even below last year’s figure of 1236 the worst year on record.
Ok, it’s early yet, but bearing in mind that netting in District 1 (Tweed to Tyne) stopped at the end of May, signs for a good season are not good.
Unfortunately, there are no numbers for the Tyne as the fish counter is out of operation.
The Coquets numbers are mixed 506 is not as good as 2019 (1236) but better than previous years so it’s too early to form an opinion as to whether the Coquets slow improvement is continuing. The Coquet, in particular, should be seeing some improvement as most of the remaining T&J netting operations are close to the Coquet estuary, but again these closed at the end of May.
Some rain and improved river levels would help. This year looks remarkably like last year, a dry spring and early summer and then a very wet autumn.
Time will tell!!