News from 2009
News in 2009Fish
Legal recently won its appeal against
the refusal of the Scottish
Government to release fish farm inspection reports as they relate
rainbow trout farm escapes into Loch Lochy. The Scottish Information
Commissioner decided that the Scottish Government had been unlawful in
withholding this information. Fish Legal represents the Lochaber
District Salmon Fishery Board in this matter after escapes of farmed
fish into the Lochy system from the floating cage farm operated by Kames
Fish Farming Ltd. The Kames rainbow trout farm in Lochy has now ceased
production. The decision can be viewed HERE
Egremont Anglers relieved after scaffolding finally removed from River Ehen
Fish Legal has secured a swift settlement of £3,000 on behalf of its member, the Egremont & District Anglers Association, from contractors for Cumbria County Council after poorly-secured scaffolding assembled under a bridge on the River Ehen collapsed and lodged in one of the club’s prime salmon and sea trout holding pools. The scaffolding stayed in the river for some 9 months following the incident before the contractors returned with heavy equipment to remove the structure.
Fish Legal settles sewage pollution case on the River Grom
Fish Legal is delighted to have secured a £17,500 settlement for its member club, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Angling Society, as a result of a civil claim mounted on behalf of the anglers following the pollution of the River Grom in June 2006. A series of equipment failures at the Tunbridge Wells sewage treatment works saw partially treated sewage pumped into the Grom over a 6 day period with a devastating effect on the river and its ecology. There was an extensive fish kill during the incident and water quality on the upper Medway was seriously affected for approximately 14km downstream of the confluence with the Grom.
Anglers Claim Damages from Entrepose and National Grid for Pollution Caused by Gas Pipeline Works
Fish Legal has sent formal letters of claim on behalf of two of its member clubs – the Ribblesdale Angling Association and the Mid-Ribble Angling Society – after both clubs had their fishing wiped out by mud pouring into the River Ribble when a gas pipeline was laid across the river and its tributaries between June 2006 and August 2007.
Anglers secure Ogmore Catchment goodwill gesture
Fish Legal has accepted a £300 gesture of goodwill on behalf of its member, the Ogmore Angling Association, from a construction company responsible for polluting the river Ogmore with limestone fines in the May 2008. More...
Lagan Canal Project, Northern Ireland
Work is already underway on the Lagan Canal Project – a scheme to re-open a navigable waterway from Lough Neagh to the Belfast Lough – without a final business plan in place or the benefit of a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to assess the effect that the project will have on re-established salmon and sea trout populations. More...
Fish Legal and Angling Trust attack “shameless” water companies for defending privatisation-era quick-fix pollution licences
Fish Legal, the legal arm of the Angling Trust, has today written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs attacking the decision of six of the large water plcs to appeal against revised discharge consents sought by the Environment Agency to put an end to privatisation era temporary consents.
Fish Legal in Court preventing illegal dredging on the River Sence
Two brothers, who were taken to Court by Fish Legal, the legal arm of the Angling Trust, on behalf of the Gopsall Fishing Club, for dredging the River Sence in Leicestershire during the spawning season, yesterday gave the Court a binding undertaking never to dredge the river again.
Fish Legal makes civil engineering firm pay up for Welsh river pollution
International civil engineering company, Bam Nuttall, has paid £3,000 to the Ogmore Angling Association (OAA) to compensate them for damage to their fishing suffered as a result of the pollution of the River Llynfi during land reclamation works at the Maesteg Washery site, near Bridgend, in 2005.
£13,000 paid to Salmon Fishery Boards in out of court settlement
In an unprecedented move a leading fish farming company has paid compensation to wild salmon managers following the escape of juvenile salmon from a freshwater farm. More...
Fish Legal wins £7,000 settlement for River Irvine farm slurry pollution
Fish Legal is delighted to have won over £7,137 for one of its Scottish member clubs, the Darvel Angling Club, following a slurry spill from Bransfield Farm at Priestland in Ayrshire that saw a serious fish kill on the Gower Water and the River Irvine in 2006.
Environment Agency “complacent” about toxic algae
Fish Legal has expressed surprise at what it sees to be the Environment Agency’s apparent lack of concern at the severe and potentially toxic algal blooms in Llyn Padarn, home to one of the rarest fish species in Wales.
Fish Legal challenges the controversial River Garw flood defences
Fish Legal has challenged the controversial flood defence works proposed by the Environment Agency for the River Garw in South Wales on behalf of its member the Garw Angling Association. More...
Fish Legal serves notice on River Sence trespassers
Two brothers responsible for illegal dredging on the River Sence have been put on notice by Fish Legal that injunctions will be sought against them should any future trespass occur on the fishery owned by the Gopsall Fishing Club.