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Fish Legal secures substantial settlement for coarse and carp fishery blighted by silt pollution

10.10.19

Fish Legal has achieved a substantial out-of-court settlement for a coarse and carp fishery member near Bristol, part of whose fishery was blighted by discoloured water pollution from a neighbour’s land.

The discolouration – which made it less appealing to fish – has now stopped and compensation has been paid by the neighbouring landowner for losses sustained by the fishery. The exact terms of the settlement are confidential.

The fishery owner intends to use the settlement to remove silt and carry out other habitat work at the fishery. He also hopes to buy in professional help to promote the fishery and notify local anglers that the discolouration problem has gone in a further effort to encourage them to return.

The Fish Legal member, who cannot be identified as part of the confidential settlement, said: “I am pleased that the discolouration problem has gone and to have reached a settlement at last. The discoloured silt had a huge effect on my fishery, livelihood and reputation over a long period of time.

"Without Fish Legal’s help I doubt I would have felt able to go after the landowner and stop the pollution or claim compensation. I hope this will be an end to the troubles at the fishery, but if the discolouration comes back at least I know Fish Legal will help me stand up to the polluter.”

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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