Fish pass prioritisation plan

The EA’s wonderful fish pass prioritisation plan and top 60 list of
impassable barriers are available to download by clicking the link

We will present this to internal EA staff and representatives of all the
Yorkshire River Trusts next Wednesday 31st August.
Kevin and I attending for ART.

EA have also established a ‘working group’ comprised of River Trusts
reps (Kevin for ART) and also British Waterways. We meet as a group for
the 1st time on 6 October.

The main report, as presented briefly last night, is quite technical,
but as I was involved in putting it together, I am happy to translate
the detail as required.

Please remember that this is just a management tool to allow us to
deliver a robust package of fish pass building over the next 10 years,
(essential for obtaining funding).

It does not mean that weirs not on the list will not be looked at. We
will continue to work with others especially River Trusts to build fish
passes as opportunities arise.
Funding for WFD projects including fish passes is available for River
Trusts to obtain from DEFRA. Partnership working with the EA is
essential for this.

I have a regular dialogue with Kevin on this and lots of information
that will be of use to ART over the next few years.


Pat O’Brien
Fisheries Technical Specialist
North and East Yorkshire

Environment Agency,
Aviator Court,
Amy Johnson Way
Clifton Moor,
YO30 4GZ

Office: 01904 213 2588
Mobile: 07768 863 077

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