Thanks to close partnership working between the FRA, SWW and the Environment Agency a sonar fish monitor was placed in the St Neot immediately upstream of the junction with the Fowey for six weeks from 8 December.
During that time five releases of water from Colliford were made. The purpose was to establish whether it would be possible to trap broodstock from the St Neot to provide eggs for the refurbished Colliford Hatchery.
Initial analysis shows that more than 100 fish over 40cm moved upstream in the six weeks, including some estimated at over 15lb. This gives us confidence that broodstock trapping in the lower St Neot is a viable option.
These short clips from the counter show several fish moving upstream.
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Regular viewers will remember the exciting news that the fish-pass at Ladyvale Bridge on The Cardinham River was due to start September. (See
The work is now complete - and we eagerly await the Fry Survey results in the next couple of years to see the results.
Here is an interesting chart (produced by the Lower Teign Fishing Association) for converting Salmon & Sea Trout length into an estimated weight -
Here is the EA Counter Figures from the fish-counter at Restormel.
The Sea Trout run was bang-on the 10-year average and down on last year
Some large fish, probably large Sea Trout (hens) entered earlier this year.
As the year progresses we think of these larger fish as being predominantly Salmon, with the run starting slower than last year but building up to the 10-year average as we head into Autumn.
Fishing conditions have certainly been good - so it will be interesting to compare the run and rod catch figures for 2015.
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Ladyvale Bridge in Cardinham Woods is beautiful - but the newer bridge beside it has been causing a block to migrating fish in all-but perfect water conditions.
West Country Rivers Trust & The Fowey Rivers Association have been working with The Environment Agency & The Forestry Commission to plan a fish-pass around the 'pipe-culverts'
The work has been approved and funding sourced - which is great news.
Better still - work will start very soon, probably in the coming week.
Here are the 'before' pictures - Hopefully the after pictures won't be too long coming -
The Environment Agency have just published some interesting statistics from the Restormel Fish Counter in Lostwithiel.
Sea Trout & Salmon runs are close to the 10-year average so far this year - and a little slower then last year.
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[photo courtesy of David White]