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Aims and Objectives of The Ure Salmon Trust
The Ure Salmon Trust (UST) has been established to help increase the quantity of Migratory Fish (principally Salmon, Sea Trout and Lamprey) in the River Ure system.
(The Ure Salmon Trust is a Not For Profit Company Limited By Guarantee)
UST is supported by all the principal riparian owners and is working in partnership with DEFRA the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.
Our proposal to accelerate the improvement in Salmon stocks is to undertake extensive habitat improvement work in the main river and important tributaries including Bishopdale Beck and the River Cover. We are also undertaking a smolt release programme on the River Burn near Masham to mitigate for the loss of spawning and nursery areas lost through the creation of Roundhill and Leighton Reservoirs. All fish are released from a Semi-Natural Rearing Pond that was specially constructed for the purpose. The young fish have to work harder finding the natural food that is present in the spring fed pool. Their diet is supported with a relatively small amount of commercial salmon feed. This makes the fish stronger and fitter and therefore gives them a better chance of survival in the wild. Fish are released in May when the main natural smolt drop is taking place. Results from similar rearing ponds in Wales have been very encouraging with a good proportion of the released smolts returning as adults (up to 11% pers com). We are adipose fin clipping all the fish we release, so if any angler catches a salmon without an adipose fin, can they please take a picture and contact the trust.
Making sure migratory fish can reach their spawning and nursery areas is also crucial to the success of the project. We are currently seeking funding to build two large fish passes on the main river Ure and Ouse and a number of smaller passes and easements on some of the tributaries. A Baulk Fish Pass was completed on the River Burn at Swinton last year and we hope many more fish can now move upstream into Colsterdale. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and brown trout were seen successfully ascending the pass shortly after it was completed late last Autumn.
We aim to use science as much as possible to inform the decisions we make and are fully engaged with the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) currently being championed by DEFRA and the Environment Agency.
We are also working very closely with the Dales Rivers Trust who are the CaBA Catchment Hosts for the Swale, Ure, Nidd and Upper Ouse (catchment 71). We sit on the Project Partners Group and are looking forward to delivering a portfolio of key projects within the Ure Catchment.
Evidence Packs (That's Agency speak for information) are available below for the:
These documents will enable you to look at the detail of Water Framework Directive Clasifications and how they are arrived at. The documents also highlight problem areas and potential solutions; sometimes even suggesting who might be able to fix the problem. All this takes money of course and we are dependant on donations and money from the EA, riparian owners and others.
Catch and Release
Look closely at the picture
above and you will see the assorted paraphernalia needed for quick and efficient catch
and release, forceps, pliers and scissors on long zingers/lanyards that enable
the barbless hook or hooks to be quickly removed whilst the fish is kept in the water. It’s
more awkward at first with the fish in the water but it doesn’t matter if it
takes a little longer so long as the fish stays immersed. There is good
evidence to show that to keep the fish out of water for any length of time will
drastically reduce its chance of survival.
The UST Board strongly urges all anglers to use strict catch and release (even after June 16th) when fishing for salmon and sea trout on the River Ure. This will help stocks to recover more quickly. Dont forget to check and tell us if you catch a fish without an adipose fin.
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