CLA Game Fair – Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

We are very much looking forward to this year’s Game Fair, which starts this Friday (25th July) at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Please do drop by the ACA stand if there’s anything you would like to discuss, we would be delighted to see you. We will also be holding a party on Friday evening (5-7pm) at the House of Fishing tent to celebrate our 60th Anniversary.  ACA members only, non-members can join on the door!

Pollution News

Regretfully, three serious pollution incidents have been brought to our attention in the past couple of weeks. In Cumbria, more than 4,000 fish were killed in the River Ellen when a cloudy substance appeared in the river near Bullgill. The Environment Agency have identified the source of the pollution but will not reveal the identity until their investigations are complete.

Meanwhile, in Somerset, another pollution incident has reportedly killed the entire fish population (mostly brown trout and bullheads)of a four mile stretch of the River Pill, near Minehead. Agency staff have been taking water samples and recovering dead fish. Although the pollutant is still unconfirmed, it is thought to be a chemical such as pesticide or sheep dip.

The ACA will be keeping a close eye on developments in both of these sad incidents, along with reports of a pollution on the River Don at Deepcar, South Yorkshire, believed to be coming from the development of an old industrial site and involving minewater discharges.

ACA 60th Anniversary Auction

There are still a few lots left to bid for in our auction (now extended to the 30th July), including some wonderful fishing tackle. Please remember that any bid received that meets or exceeds the Guide Price will win the lot immediately (except for Lot EL.8). Please see www.a-c-a.org for the catalogue and order form. Every pound we can raise from the auction will go towards helping the fight against those responsible for pollution incidents like those reported above.

Best wishes from everyone at the ACA.

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