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News from 2011

CSO multiple= 7 December 2011

A landmark legal decision to uphold the public's right to know how much sewage and other pollutants is poured into Britain's rivers could now be only weeks away. 
The Upper Tribunal has announced a January date for Fish Legal's appeal for the water and sewage industry to be subject to public scrutiny.  More...

Waltonians settlement 24 August 2011

The Waltonian Angling Club have welcomed the settlement of their legal case
against Glebe Mines Ltd after their stretch of the River Derwent in the Peak District was engulfed with tonnes of quarry "tailings".   More...

Ellen pollution19 August 2011

Three Cumbrian angling clubs have been compensated for a chemical spill
which killed thousands of salmon and trout on the River Ellen.  More...

Algal bloom on Llyn Padarn 9 August 2011

A report commissioned by the Environment Agency, on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, North Wales
has concluded that sewage it to blame for the decline in water quality.  More...

Llugwy19 July 2011

After years of campaigning by Fish Legal on behalf of the Betws-y-Coed anglers, Welsh Water has acted to clean up the River Llugwy.  More....

NIEA19 July 2011

The ICO has criticised the Northern Ireland Environment Agency for long and excessive delays in responding to information requests.  More...

Trawler10 June 2011

Fish Legal, in association with the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT), have responded in detail this week to the Scottish Government's fisheries plans
contained in the National Marine Plan Pre Consulation Draft.  

Fishing10 June 2011

Fish Legal is considering legal action against Perth and Kinross Council after its Community Safety Committee rejected a proposal to introduce a bye-law restricting rafting on the Upper Tay.  More...

Salmon farm 11 April 2011

Fish Legal is celebrating with local protestors on the Isle of Lewis following the Western Isles Council's refusal of planning permission for a salmon farm in Broad Bay near Stornoway, one of the last pristine bays on the island to be free from fish farms.   More...

CSO multiple= 17 March 2011

Fish Legal has been granted leave to appeal to the Upper Tribunal Information Tribunal after the dismissal of its appeal following the decision in Smartsource v Information Commissioner last November that water and sewerage companies in England and Wales were not subject to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The water companies involved in the case include, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water Services and Southern Water.

In parallel, Fish Legal has drawn the matter to the attention of the European Commission which has responded by suggesting that Article 2(2) of Directive 2003/4/EC on Public Access to Environmental Information was deliberately drafted widely to ensure that environmental information would not be privatised out of public access.

Fish Legal has also complained to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in Geneva.  Details of the complaint can be viewed on the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee website HERE

River Lagan pollution 7 March 2011

After 5 years of battling with the NIEA and Central Chemicals, Fish Legal has won over £27,000 in damages for the Iveagh Anglers for the pollution of the River Lagan in Northern Ireland.  More...

Dead grayling 18 January 2011

Northumbrian Water has paid nearly £20,000 to the Derwent Angling Association to compensate them for polluting their wild brown trout and grayling with sodium hydroxide.   Fish Legal also negotiated a restocking programme in addition to the financial settlement.  More...

Hydroscheme13 January 2011

Planning permission was today granted for a hydroscheme which will operate on the Camowen River - one of the most productive salmon spawning streams of the Foyle system.

The Planning  Service in Northern Ireland granted permission for the scheme – which will be built near Omagh Leisure Centre - despite the environmental risks it poses to the River Foyle system, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.

Fish Legal objected to the proposals on behalf of the Omagh Angling Association who were concerned about upstream and downstream migration of salmonids and eels past the turbines.  The scheme goes ahead without the benefit of an Environmental Impact Assessment or an Appropriate Assessment which – pursuant to the Habitats Directive – would have demanded that the statutory authorities demonstrate that the development would have “no adverse impact on the integrity of the SAC and its conservation objectives” before it could be permitted.


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