3. Increasing Eel Passage

Themes: Fisheries; Natural rivers

Objectives:

  • 4. Collate and maintain a high quality evidence base on all aspects of re-naturalising water bodies in the catchment.
  • 10. Identify, research and find funding sources for re-naturalisation projects throughout the catchment.

Project description

Installation of eel passes, at structures known to obstruct or prevent eels from accessing upstream habitats.

This project has seen the practical installation of eel passes at Clappers gauging weir and Redbridge weir, both on the Bevern stream, a tributary of the middle Ouse. Bristle mats have been installed at each site to aid the movement of this weak-swimming species over the structure. This project has opened up 6.3km of river habitat for eel passage, to help maintain and increase their populations.

The installation at Clappers weir includes a trap, which will be monitored by volunteers from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust to measure the success of the investment.

WFD status: Moderate
WFD overall status objective: To contribute to achieving good status fish populations
Benefiting species/habitats: Eels and elvers
Total area surveyed: 2 sites (TV4273215794 and TV4225216147)
Project lead: OART
Project partners: Environment Agency, OART
Funding source: Environment Agency and OART
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Project start: April 2013
Project end: April 2014

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.