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EA South East Annual Fisheries Report 2013/14

01.10.14

EA SE annual fisheries report

The summer of 2013 was one of the the best for several years, which encouraged many people to go fishing and buy a rod licence. In the South East we sold 344,449 rod licences.  Nationally nearly 1.25 million rod licences were purchased which raised £21.6 million, however, while this is substantial it was less than we had hoped for and was not enough to fund all our ongoing projects so some work had to be slowed or stopped.  

Last winter in the South East, as I am sure that you will remember, was the wettest winter on record, which caused extensive flooding across the region. The impact of the floods and high flows on the fish stocks will only become apparent in the years to come through our survey programme and angler catches.
   
During 2013/14 our teams working with partners delivered some notable outcomes, which are detailed in this report.  One example, the River for Life Project on the River Thames, received the Best Practice Award for Practical Conservation from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) 2014, having created 35 hectares of priority wetland habitat and 60,000 m3 of floodplain storage as part of a partnership project between ourselves, The Earth Trust, Oxford Environmental Solutions, Land and Water.    

Our web site has transferred to www.gov.uk and we have developed new routes to share information such as the creation of www.fishinginfo.co.uk with the Angling Trust, which hosts where to fish information. You can also follow some of our news via our blog: https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/category/fisheries-and-biodiversity/ .   

Please click on the link below to download a PDF copy of the full report.

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