DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government today published a consultation paper on
proposed new designations under the Freshwater Fish Directive.
The Directive seeks to protect freshwater bodies suitable for sustaining fish populations by setting physical and chemical water quality objectives for designated waters.
At the end of last year the European Commission issued an Article 226 Reasoned
Opinion to the
The proposed designations were identified by Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government, and the Environment Agency. There will now be a twelve-week consultation period on the proposals and following consideration of the response from interested parties the designations will be formally made in the autumn.
At present 20,000km of monitored river length is designated in
The consultation paper is available at: www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/fwfish/index.htm
Further information on the Directive can be found at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/water/quality/fwfish/index.htm and www.environment-agency.gov.uk