Sea trout return to cleaner rivers
Thursday 09 September 2010
The numbers of sea trout and salmon found in some English rivers have hit record highs this year, thanks to efforts to clean up polluted waterways.
More than 15,000 of the fish have been recorded migrating up the River Tyne – in which no salmon and trout were seen 50 years ago – according to studies by the Environment Agency.
Record numbers of sea trout have been spotted in the Thames, a river once declared biologically dead, while the Mersey – formerly the most polluted river in Europe – is at its cleanest for 100 years, the agency said yesterday.
The quality of river water in England had improved for the 20th consecutive year, the agency reported, with 70 per cent of rivers graded as "very good" or "good" under its general quality assessment classification.
Improvements were achieved through investment by water companies, tougher action against polluters, reducing discharges from industry into waterways and changing farming practices, the Environment Agency explained.
Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain's small fishing vessels
Frilled shark: Australian fishermen capture terrifying shark from the deep
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past
Scientists call for destructive seabed trawling to be banned
Brazil drought: It's a really dry January in the South American country, with rainfall is at its lowest level since 1930
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company mission is to be th...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Software Tester is required t...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: The Company sells mobile video advertising sol...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We have a vacancy within our ra...