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| Fish Legal Briefing|
Written By: Mark Lyod
On Date: 8/11/2018
Fish Legal sends out a clear message to polluting farmers as clubs receive payouts Farmers responsible for polluting the Wellow Brook in Somerset and Willow Pool in Cheshire have paid out over £35,000 in damages and costs in September following settlement of civil claims brought by Fish Legal. The compensation was paid to two Fish Legal member angling clubs whose fisheries were devastated in separate slurry pollution incidents.
Anglian Water taken to court over River Cam ammonia pollution
Fish Legal has started court proceedings against Anglian Water on behalf of its member, the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society, following the pollution of the River Cam which killed numerous fish including large bream on a previously renowned match venue.
A failure at Anglian Water’s Cambridge Sewage Works at Milton led to high levels of ammonia being released into the River Cam at Baits Bite Lock in July 2013.
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AGM and the Future Angling Conference
A reminder that the Fish Legal and Angling Trust Members' Annual General Meetings are being held on Saturday, 17th November at West Midlands Golf Club & The Lake at Barston, Solihull. They will be followed by the Future Angling Conference, a forum dedicated to collecting the views of all anglers, as well as views from clubs, fisheries, trade and tackle shops. Feedback from the conference will be fed directly into the new National Angling Strategy currently being developed by the Environment Agency to provide a framework for the development of angling over the next five years.
Agenda and how to book your free place
Fish Legal wins Scottish Water case
Fish Legal has won an important victory against Scottish Water in a long running legal battle over a pollution incident in the River Devon in 2011.The case has established an important legal point that concerns all fishing clubs in Scotland that hold their brown trout fishing under a lease.
No affected Fish Legal members identified in Clywedog pollution
Fish Legal has so far been unable to identify any riparian or club members who have been affected by a pollution incident in September which saw fish killed over a 9km stretch of the river Clywedog. Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water has admitted that the source of the pollution was their Five Fords Sewage Treatment works near Wrexham. Natural Resources Wales are currently considering their enforcement response.
Fish Legal can take legal action against polluters through the civil courts even when the regulator does not prosecute those responsible, but it can only do so on behalf of existing members. Although a number of affected riparians and angling clubs have been identified, they are not members of Fish Legal. Please encourage any angling clubs, syndicates or fishery owners that you know who are not already members to join. Find out more
Not a member? Join Fish Legal today
Fish Legal is a membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. It is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative and governing body for angling in England. Joint membership packages with the Angling Trust are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories. Want to find out more? CLICK HERE
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