A selection of our current cases are detailed below:
River Devon - Fish Legal has initiated legal proceedings against Scottish Water for
negligently causing 12,000 litres of sulphuric acid to spill into the
River Devon in Clackmannanshire, killing an estimated 30,000 fish. Fish
Legal is acting for its member fishing club the Devon Angling
Association, whose high quality wild brown trout fishery downstream of
the Glendevon Water Treatment plant was wiped out by the acid spill in
Clyde - Fish Legal has teamed up with COAST (Community of Arran Sea Bed
Trust) and a Scottish environmental consultant to set up an organisation
to be called ‘Save the Clyde Trust (SCT)’ dedicated to campaigning to
reinstitute a three mile ban on the use of mobile fishing gears on the
Firth of Clyde. It is believed that destructive use of mobile fishing
gears has destroyed the marine ecosystem to the extent that white fish
are now commercially extinct. In our view this had had a damaging
effect on the local economy including wiping out what was once a very
successful marine recreational fishery.
Fish Legal has
been working with Scottish charity the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries
Trust (SIFT) to develop a ‘toolkit’ for communities to better police
their local salmon farms. A suite of information is now available on
the SIFT website explaining who does what in terms of aquaculture and
explaining how Freedom of Information enquiries can be made.
more information about SIFT, their work to promote fisheries policies
which conserve and restore the diversity of the Scottish marine
ecosystem and for a copy of the 'Aquaculture Information Pack' clickHERE Dalmarnock -
Fish Legal is aiming to ensure that SEPA takes action to
protect the vulnerable waters between Dalmarnock WTW and the Glasgow
Tidal Weir by ensuring that Scottish Water improves the functioning of
Dalmarnock WTW, preferably by increasing storm tank capacity.
Llyn Padarn - Fish Legal acted for the Seiont Gwyrfai & Llynfis Anglers Society in relation to the continuing discharges from Welsh Water’s sewage works into Llyn Padarn - a protected site of international importance due to its population of "Torgoch" or Arctic Char. Read more...
Llyn Brianne - Fish Legal is representing the Carmarthenshire Fishermans Federation and
individual member clubs on the Towy in agreeing a new fisheries
settlement with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the Environment Agency for the
damage caused to the river as a result of the building of Lynne Brianne
Dam back in the 1980s.
Llynfi pollution -
Fish Legal is acting for the Llynfi Valley Angling Association
following the release into the river of a toxic substance, possible
bleach, from the Bridgend Paper Mills owned and operated by Northwood
& Wepa Ltd.
Swansea Bay Lagoon - Fish Legal is pushing for a proper assessment of the impacts on salmon and sea trout of a first-of-its-kind 10km2 'tidal lagoon hydro' project in Swansea Bay. Read more...
Six Mile Water - Fish Legal has settled a claim against Northern Ireland Water, on behalf of the Ballynure Angling Club, following another pollution of the Six Mile Water.
Inler - Fish Legal helped secure £7,000 for its member - the Inler Angling Club - following a major spill of vegetable waste from a processing plant which resulted in the death of over 5,000 fish, in August 2013. Read more...
Midlands and East Anglia
Cropston reservoir - Fish Legal is acting for the Cropston Anglers in connection with the eutrophication of Cropston Reservoir (previously a mesotrophic water body) as a result of water transfers high in phosphorous made by a local water company. Cropston Reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Northern England Red House Gill
- Fish Legal acts
for Chester-le-Street Angling Club in relation to sediment pollution on
the River Wear. All precipitation falling on the car parks and roofs of
a relatively new industrial and retail park on the outskirts of Durham
is funnelled into the Red House Gill, a small tributary of the River
Wear at Durham. This surface run-off scours the soft sides of the bank
of the gill and transports huge amounts of silt and gravel as it
descends to the main River Wear. The result is the deposition of a
cobbled bar reaching halfway across the river channel and silty waters
extending up to a mile downstream of the confluence. Angling becomes
impossible following rainfall and the sediment deposits threaten to clog
spawning gravels on the main river. Witham
- Fish Legal has secured a £36,000 settlement for its member club, Grantham Angling Association, from a farmer responsible for polluting the river Witham with 6,000 litres of liquid fertiliser. The fertiliser spill was estimated to have killed over 2,000 wild brown trout up to 4lb in weight and countless fish of other species. It spread over 13km of the river, causing the closure of four sections of the angling club’s waters. Read more...Bierley Woods
Fish Legal is representing the Bierley Angling Club following
discharges from the drainage system of a nearby housing estate into the
club's fishery. Hulton Park Lake
- Fish Legal acts for the Bolton & District Anglers following the pollution of their lake with slurry from a nearby farm.River Ribble
- Fish Legal represented a number of its member clubs on the River Ribble following a slurry pollution in October 2012. Read more...Willow Pool
- Fish Legal is assisting Tarporley & District Angling
Club following a significant fish kill caused by poor slurry spreading operations.
- Fish Legal acted on behalf of seven fishing clubs on the River Calder who lost fishing during the height of the salmon fishing season in autumn 2012 as a result of a water mains leak.Read more...
Southern EnglandRiver Test -
Fish Legal acts for a
member club in relation to a deterioration of the water quality on the
River Test. The club has noticed a marked decline in fly life and
reduced clarity of the waters. The source of the pollution is currently
being investigated. Unfortunately and quite bizarrely the Environment
Agency saw fit to refuse access to the information it holds about the
affected stretches. The matter was referred to the Information
Commissioner's Office who in a formal Decision Notice issued recently
agreed with Fish
Legal that the EA had behaved unlawfully. More...
Fish Legal is acting for the Angling Trust concerning the damage being
caused to bass by pair trawling in the Western Approaches.
Wellow Brook -
Fish Legal is acting for two of its member clubs following the
pollution of the Wellow Brook in Somerset in early February 2013.
Ham Green Fishery -
Fish Legal is advising a Bristol-based fishery owner whose
lakes have been polluted with silt by Network Rail for around 8 years.
- Fish Legal
is instructed following sewage discharges and a fish kill on the