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Signal Crayfish found in The Fowey

The Environment Agency have confirmed that they have discovered Signal Crayfish in the upper reaches of The River Fowey in The Draynes Valley.

While the EA undertake trapping of the larger adults and further survey work to find the extent of the infestation they are advising anglers and anyone entering the river to follow their guidlines to stop the further spread.

Please download and follow the guidelines in the attached EA pamphlet entitled 'Clean & Dry' outlining techniques of drying off tackle and clothing between exit and entry of different watercourses.

Download it here -
There is also a copy on the FRA website here

Trout & Salmon - Save Our Salmon

In May 2015 Trout & Salmon magazine launched Save Our Salmon – a campaign that seeks to highlight the plight of the wild Atlantic salmon and raise funds to return the species to abundance.

Organisations were asked to pitch ideas that they believe will help to reach that goal.

Trout & Salmon have chosed the best eight of which they have published in the magazine and also at this website -

Please read each pitch and decide which you think is most deserving. You can then vote by completeing the form on the 'vote now' page.

It is noted that Pitch 6 from South West Rivers Association (& our own Roger Furniss) is specifically focused on our rivers in the South West.

There is also a Facebook page -

St Neot Salmon Hatchery

Following a study into the suitability of either Colliford or Park Pit for a new Hatchery to restock the St Neot with Salmon - South West Water have announced that Colliford is the preferred site for a Hatchery.

South West Water will design and commission the new Hatchery - due to produce 40,000 Salmon Fry for The St Neot River - and FRA Ltd will be contracted to run the Hatchery.

It is planned that the Hatchery will start a rearing programme in October 2016 with the first fish stocking due the following autumn, September/October 2017.

This announcement comes after much work and negotiations between South West Water, The Fowey Rivers Association, West Country Rivers Trust and The Environment Agency - all under the jurisdiction of The Fowey Fisheries Resources Group.

SWW / FFRG - 2015 update

Please find attached here the South West Water / Fowey Fisheries & Resources Group 'PR14' statement with proposed works to the St Neot / Colliford / Fowey.

Cornwall Aquaculture demonstration project

The following was posted on the CEFAS and Crown Estates website yesterday.
“An opportunity to take part in a demonstration project in SW England was launched in September 2013, when Expressions of Interest were sought from experienced aquaculture operators.
Over the summer and early autumn, a consortium comprising Cefas, The Crown Estate and the British Trout Association has been managing a process for the selection of the commercial operator for the Cornwall Aquaculture Demonstration Project.
While there were several expressions of interest in taking forward this work, they did not meet the project's terms of reference in the given timescale to deliver a project of the highest standard.
Therefore, Cefas and the consortium have decided that the current demonstration project will not be progressed at this time. Cefas and the consortium members remain supportive of the sustainable development of aquaculture across England and Wales, and believe that projects based on sound science, stakeholder engagement and the sharing of information such as this can make a valuable contribution to future growth"

Well done Roger Furniss and everyone who has helped in the campaign to prevent the setting up of a large fish farm off the South Cornwall coast.