Fisheries Management

Using best science and practical techniques to restore our Westcountry rivers to their former abundance of fish species by improving river habitat, structure and function.

Our systematic approach seeks to gather the essential data to make an informed decision as to what is the best action.

It takes the view that the worst action we can take is no action, and that, provided the risks are low, we are better taking action based on imperfect data than delaying until the whole in-depth picture is available. This is the correct interpretation of the precautionary principle.

We have been working to remove barriers to fish migration in many of our rivers and have had considerable success, especially in the Taw Catchment where several barriers have been removed or mitigated to open up many hundreds of kilometres of river to migratory fish.

Our Approach

Our approach to fisheries management has evolved through interaction with various individuals and agencies, both within the UK and beyond, but perhaps the greatest single influence has been that of Ronald Campbell, Fisheries Biologist at The Tweed Foundation.

Our formula for fisheries management (CLICK HERE) has been developed over the past two decades and today forms an action-orientated approach that is based on answering the essential questions that are used to direct our works on rivers.

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The Angling Passport Scheme offers fishing for wild brown trout, sea trout, salmon, grayling and coarse fish in unrivalled surroundings

Fisheries Management Toolbox

In December 2014 WRT held a Catchment Based Approach and Catchment Restoration Fund Conference in Exeter. WRT’s own Scott West gave a presentation on the fishery managers toolbox for species and habitat management.