SALMON have been spotted trying to scale
A local angler contacted the Environment Agency to congratulate their fisheries staff on the efforts they have made to improve fisheries stocks on the Don. Staff from the local team were delighted with the news of the return of one of the world’s pickiest fish.
The angler e-mailed the Agency to give his congratulations, “I would like to inform the Environment Agency of salmon trying to scale Sprotbrough falls. Three salmon in 10 minutes last week, a marvellous sight and one I thought I would never see in my life time (sic). I would like to congratulate the Agency for their work on the rivers in this area and around the country.”
“It makes it all worthwhile,” said Chris Firth, Fisheries Technical Specialist. “I’m a keen angler myself and it’s great that we have such good quality fishing opportunities in
“There was a time when all you could hope to catch in the Don was an old boot. But thanks to improvements in the water quality, largely due to investment by Yorkshire Water and local industry, and all the work our teams have done ensuring the environment is protected and enhanced for fish to thrive, we can welcome back the salmon to these waters.”
A rock chute fish pass installed at
Recent river quality results, released in September 2003, show further improvements in water quality and fisheries surveys indicate the river now supports fish throughout its length.
The improvements have allowed not only salmon, but sea trout, eels and several other species to move further up the River Don system. Eels are particularly important as they are the main food source for otters, another species making a welcome return to the Don.