Conservation Minded Wear Anglers Lead the Way

11 May

2018 saw the lowest number of migratory fish moving through the two fish passes on the River Wear at Durham since records began with 8,669 recorded through the two counters.This compares with a peak run in 1999 of nearly 28,000 and a current 5 year average of just under 16,000.

Conscious of the reducing stocks off salmon and sea trout in all the North East rivers Wear anglers are to be congratulated on leading the way in helping conserve salmon and sea trout stocks such that in 2017 they safely released 81% of salmon and 78% of sea trout caught. Responsible angling such as this vital in the coming years to help salmon and sea trout numbers to increase. Please keep up this excellent work.

Durham – Freeman’s Reach Archimedes Screw Protective Curtain

22 Apr

Over recent weeks many of you will have seen the plastic protective curtain installed by Durham County Council, the screw operators. The purpose of this curtain is to help protect any jumping fish from damage caused from striking the rotating blade. This curtain comprising of a number of black vertical plastic slats was a “proof of concept” installation with the plastic slats fastened to the wire cage by cable ties. A permanent curtain has now been installed comprising of two layers of black plastic slats; a longer front layer and a shorter, 300mm, rear layer. This rear layer is about 30mm in front of the blade. In low water both slats hang vertically down whilst in higher water the front flap will be swept forward by the water leaving the shorter rear curtain to hang vertically down to protect jumping fish form striking the blade. In addition two underwater cameras have been installed to help monitor the behaviour of any fish entering the chamber. The attached photograph shows the new screen, and yes, all you can see is a black ”wall” in front of the screw, this is the curtain.

Salmonid and freshwater fisheries statistics

29 Jan

Interested in salmon, sea trout and freshwater fishery statistics? If so then you might be interested in the excellent reports published annually by the EA that details all the catch statistics relating to salmon and sea trout caught by the offshore nets and by rod anglers on every river in England and Wales. These reports are a wealth of information and can be found at

The reports cover all years from 2010 unto 2017 with reports typically published in the following November.

Happy reading!