• Environment Agency run drop-in to explain Tipton fish pass

    5th December 2013 | News | Claire
  • The fish pass being constructed by the Environment Agency at Tipton St. John has been completed.

    The weir at Tipton St John has been a major barrier to fish migration on the River Otter since the 19th Century and a serious limiting factor for the numbers of fish found in the river.

    Completion of the fish pass now means migratory species, such as Salmon and Sea Trout will be able to pass the weir and continue their journey to spawn in the River Otter’s headwaters.  As more fish are able to spawn in suitable areas of the river there will be a significant boost in fish numbers. Fish are an excellent indicator of the overall health of a river system and a healthy river benefits everyone, for example, studies have shown that each Salmon caught is worth nearly £10,000 to the local economy.

    The work at Tipton St John forms part of a wider programme of fish passage improvements across the South West and is funded from a source specific to addressing environmental issues under European legislation, the Water Framework Directive.

    The Environment Agency are holding a drop in session at the Tipton Community Hall on Thursday 9th January between 1400hrs and 1600hrs, for any local residents who would like a chance to ask questions or share views on the project.