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Current Cases

Fish Legal has more than 65 cases ongoing, acting for Fish Legal members throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have listed below a selection, which is regularly updated. We are also dealing with hundreds of advice matters on behalf of our members on issues relating to angling and water law including: incorporation, bailiffing, canoeists, bulls in fields, excessive weed growth, loss of fishing rights, poaching and many, many more...

Current Cases

A selection of our current cases are detailed below:

Scotland

River Devon - Fish Legal has initiated legal proceedings against Scottish Water for negligently causing 12,000 litres of sulphuric acid to spill into the River Devon in Clackmannanshire, killing an estimated 30,000 fish. Fish Legal is acting for its member fishing club the Devon Angling Association, whose high quality wild brown trout fishery downstream of the Glendevon Water Treatment plant was wiped out by the acid spill in 2011.

Clyde - Fish Legal has teamed up with COAST (Community of Arran Sea Bed Trust) and a Scottish environmental consultant to set up an organisation to be called ‘Save the Clyde Trust (SCT)’ dedicated to campaigning to reinstitute a three mile ban on the use of mobile fishing gears on the Firth of Clyde.  It is believed that destructive use of mobile fishing gears has destroyed the marine ecosystem to the extent that white fish are now commercially extinct.  In our view this had had a damaging effect on the local economy including wiping out what was once a very successful marine recreational fishery.

SIFT - Fish Legal has been working with Scottish charity the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) to develop a ‘toolkit’ for communities to better police their local salmon farms.  A suite of information is now available on the SIFT website explaining who does what in terms of aquaculture and explaining how Freedom of Information enquiries can be made.

For more information about SIFT, their work to promote fisheries policies which conserve and restore the diversity of the Scottish marine ecosystem and for a copy of the 'Aquaculture Information Pack' clickHERE

Dalmarnock - Fish Legal is aiming to ensure that SEPA takes action to protect the vulnerable waters between Dalmarnock WTW and the Glasgow Tidal Weir by ensuring that Scottish Water improves the functioning of Dalmarnock WTW, preferably by increasing storm tank capacity.

Wales

Llyn Padarn - Fish Legal acted for the Seiont Gwyrfai & Llynfis Anglers Society in relation to the continuing discharges from Welsh Water’s sewage works into Llyn Padarn - a protected site of international importance due to its population of "Torgoch" or Arctic Char. Read more...

Llyn Brianne - Fish Legal is representing the Carmarthenshire Fishermans Federation and individual member clubs on the Towy in agreeing a new fisheries settlement with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the Environment Agency for the damage caused to the river as a result of the building of Lynne Brianne Dam back in the 1980s.

Llynfi pollution - Fish Legal is acting for the Llynfi Valley Angling Association following the release into the river of a toxic substance, possible bleach, from the Bridgend Paper Mills owned and operated by Northwood & Wepa Ltd.

Swansea Bay Lagoon - Fish Legal is pushing for a proper assessment of the impacts on salmon and sea trout of a first-of-its-kind 10km2 'tidal lagoon hydro' project in Swansea Bay.  Read more...

Northern Ireland

Six Mile Water - Fish Legal has settled a claim against Northern Ireland Water, on behalf of the Ballynure Angling Club, following another pollution of the Six Mile Water.  Read more...

Inler - Fish Legal helped secure £7,000 for its member - the
Inler Angling Club - following a major spill of vegetable waste from a processing plant which resulted in the death of over 5,000 fish, in August 2013.  Read more...

Northern England

Red House Gill - Fish Legal acts for Chester-le-Street Angling Club in relation to sediment pollution on the River Wear. All precipitation falling on the car parks and roofs of a relatively new industrial and retail park on the outskirts of Durham is funnelled into the Red House Gill, a small tributary of the River Wear at Durham. This surface run-off scours the soft sides of the bank of the gill and transports huge amounts of silt and gravel as it descends to the main River Wear. The result is the deposition of a cobbled bar reaching halfway across the river channel and silty waters extending up to a mile downstream of the confluence. Angling becomes impossible following rainfall and the sediment deposits threaten to clog spawning gravels on the main river.

Witham - Fish Legal has secured a £36,000 settlement for its member club, Grantham Angling Association, from a farmer responsible for polluting the river Witham with 6,000 litres of liquid fertiliser. The fertiliser spill was estimated to have killed over 2,000 wild brown trout up to 4lb in weight and countless fish of other species. It spread over 13km of the river, causing the closure of four sections of the angling club’s waters.  Read more...

Bierley Woods - Fish Legal is representing the Bierley Angling Club following discharges from the drainage system of a nearby housing estate into the club's fishery. 

River Ribble - Fish Legal represented a number of its member clubs on the River Ribble following a slurry pollution in October 2012. 

Willow Pool -  Fish Legal is assisting Tarporley & District Angling Club following a significant fish kill caused by poor slurry spreading operations.

Calder - Fish Legal acted on behalf of seven fishing clubs on the River Calder who lost fishing during the height of the salmon fishing season in autumn 2012 as a result of a water mains leak.
Read more...

Southern England

River Test - Fish Legal acts for a member club in relation to a deterioration of the water quality on the River Test. The club has noticed a marked decline in fly life and reduced clarity of the waters. The source of the pollution is currently being investigated. Unfortunately and quite bizarrely the Environment Agency saw fit to refuse access to the information it holds about the affected stretches.  The matter was referred to the Information Commissioner's Office who in a formal Decision Notice issued recently agreed with Fish Legal that the EA had behaved unlawfully. More...

Wellow Brook - Fish Legal is acting for two of its member clubs following the pollution of the Wellow Brook in Somerset in early February 2013.

Ham Green Fishery -
  Fish Legal is advising a Bristol-based fishery owner whose lakes have been polluted with silt by Network Rail for around 8 years.

River Cam - Fish Legal is instructed following sewage discharges and a fish kill on the River Cam. 

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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