Canal latest news
For those interested the following is an excerpt from a copy letter received by our club secretary Neil from the Canal and River trust in answer to queries from himself about the presence of Zander in the canal system. It does at least lay out the legal position as per the law.
Hello Trevor and Dennis We have found a new invasive non-native species Dikerogammarus haemophaphes, a close relative to the killer shrimp at 3 locations in the Grand Union Canal – 2 sites at Blisworth and 1 at Stoke Bruerne – yesterday. These sites were targeted following the finding of what is called “demon shrimp” in the Severn, Trent, Thames, Witham and West Midland canals. The shrimp is aggressive and poses an equal ecological threat to killer shrimp, and unfortunately prefers more silty substrates. There appears to be association with Zebra mussels. We are currently developing information/identification sheets; but the best fisheries management action for anglers is Check, Clean, Dry – see link below. Can you pass this message to your member angling clubs, and also let me know of other stakeholders on the canal. Our immediate concern now is the Ouzel and Tove, which we will be monitoring as soon as water levels allow. Any questions, give me a shout. Best wishes, Ian Dr Ian Hirst Team Leader, Fisheries & Biodiversity Anglian Central Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Cambs, PE28 4NE 01480 483830 07771 833886 Help reduce the risk of spreading invasive aquatic species – click here to look at our CHECK-CLEAN-DRY Campaign <https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/index.cfm?sectionid=98>