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ent nationalities to enjoy our passion
together and respect the law and
local rules
“There is still a lot of work to be
done and I am sure that the dedicated, professional and multinational
Building Bridges team that I leave
behind will continue to build on our
strong start.
“For me personally, it is a time to
put this unique experience to use
back in my country, Poland, where the
concept of catch and release, and
responsible angling generally, is
slowly becoming increasingly popular. Being dedicated to the conservation-based approach to angling, I will
continue promoting the benefits of
this and advising my fellow countrymen of how things work in this country.
“So, while I may not still be in England managing the Building Bridges
project, indirectly I will still be supporting the team and this great initiative. Thank you once again for this
fantastic adventure and I wish you all
tight lines!”
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust, said: “Rado has led the
Building Bridges team with passion
and his efforts to educate and integrate migrant anglers has benefitted
angling all over the country. I remember clearly meeting Rado for the first
time nearly a decade ago and was
inspired by his ideas to seek funding
from the Environment Agency to
address these issues in a responsible
and inclusive manner. He will be
greatly missed by the Angling Trust
but we wish him well and every success back in his homeland.”
The Building Bridges project will
continue in the capable hands of
Janusz Kansik, currently the Building
Bridges’ Project Officer, as part of the
Fisheries Enforcement Support Service managed by Dilip Sarkar MBE.
More information:
Dilip Sarkar MBE, National Enforcement Manager. tel:
07971 677638 n
Compensation for Gloucester Angling Club after
farm pollution ‘killed tens of thousands of fish’
Gloucester Angling Club has received
£8,165 in compensation after pollution on the River Leadon killed tens of
thousands of fish.
The compensation claim was
brought on the club’s behalf by Fish
Legal and followed a successful criminal prosecution by the Environment
Agency, who described the incident
as “the worst discharge in the area for
ten years.”
The pollution took place in July
2016 at Rose Hill Farm, near Dymock
and involved hundreds of tonnes of
digestate being released into the
Leadon via a tributary stream. Among
the thousands of fish that died were
protected species such as lamprey
and bullheads and critically endangered European eels as well as brown
trout, chub, dace, bream and roach.
An employee instructed to fertilise
one of the orchards at the farm failed
to check the valves before turning on
the irrigation system designed to take
the digestate fertiliser from a lagoon
to the orchard. As the valve linked to
the standpipe in another field was
partly open when the fertiliser
entered the irrigation system, it discharged out of the standpipe across
the field and into Preston Brook, a
tributary of the Leadon.
Gloucester Angling Club, who fish
7km of the Leadon downstream of the
farm, have experienced a fall in membership since the pollution incident.
They plan to use some of the compensation to stock the river with
diploid (sterile) trout to provide members with some fishing opportunities
while the wild trout populations
recover. The Environment Agency
The River Leadon near Dymock before it suffered devastating pollution.
have also started a restocking programme on the Leadon to introduce a
total of 92,000 coarse fish over four
Penelope Gane, the Fish Legal
lawyer representing the club, said:
“This devastating pollution demonstrates just how dangerous concentrated farm waste can be to the natural environment if proper procedures
are not followed. I hope the compensation will help both the river and this
small, local club to recover fully,
although it is likely to take many
She added: “It is to these farmers’
credit that they agreed to pay the
compensation claim without contesting it. In our experience, this is not the
norm, and we are often involved in
protracted legal battles with farmers’
insurers even after a successful criminal prosecution by the Environment
Richard Mander, Secretary of the
Gloucester Angling Club, said: “Many
of our members have fished the
Leadon since they were kids. This
payout will enable our small club,
which has been in existence since
1914, to survive.
We can now provide some fishing
on the Leadon while wild stocks
recover, and we have established a
crucian carp fishery too so that, as a
club, we are less vulnerable in the
future if another pollution wipes out
our river fishing. Our thanks to Fish
Legal for bringing this claim on our
behalf.” n


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