The Rivers Trust & Westcountry Rivers Trust hosted a visit last weekend for George Eustice, Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the River Fowey. As well as a site visit, we gave a series of presentations about the Rivers Trust movement, and then more specifically Westcountry Rivers Trust experience and project delivery including fisheries and land management across our operating areas. This included a precis of some of our recent projects and how these integrate with others, bringing wider benefits (not least proven environmental and economic ones) through efficient and effective delivery – providing the opportunity to demonstrate what can be delivered through Partnership working and with the support and input of local contacts, their knowledge and passion. Obviously, this is all very relevant to the Catchment Partnerships and other associated projects we are involved in, assisting us on our path towards achieving our ambition to improve water quality, support biodiversity and more sustainable land management practices.
Following this a press release has been issued which announces proposed legislation which could provide a boost to fish migration, and the removal of barriers or installation of fish passes. Please find below the link to the official press release