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Record numbers of fish go through River Tyne counter at Riding Mill


THE Environment Agency (EA) has announced that the fish counter on the River Tyne at Riding Mill recorded more than 10,000 fish moving upstream during July – 1,200 more than previous top numbers.


And the counter has also recorded the highest numbers this year since it was installed in 1996 – the most fish returning in almost 20 years.


Almost all fish counted last month will be sea trout and salmon.


The fish counter – in conjunction with video cameras further upstream – means the EA can estimate the numbers of salmon and sea trout returning to the Tyne each year.


Morton Heddell-Cowie, of the EA’s Environmental Monitoring Team, said: “The River Tyne’s fish count in July has surpassed all previous totals for this month, with a mixture of salmon and sea trout being seen.


“This is good news as it indicates healthy stocks and a healthy river. Hopefully this will continue and we’ll have another good year for both fish and anglers.


“We’d like to remind anglers to send in a few scales from the fish they catch and to participate in our Angler Logbook Scheme – which will help us monitor the ages of salmon and sea trout returning to the river and how the river is fishing.”

Three North East anglers are in a strong England team.
Three North East anglers are in a strong England team.

North East trio in very strong England team for Home Countries international 

THREE North East anglers earned a place in the England Team to fish in the 2016 Home Countries River International in Scotland with a strong performance at the recent 2015 England Rivers National on Llangollen Maelor AA water on the River Dee.

Andrew Scott was first, landing 24 fish for 1,125 fish points and four placing points;

Simon Robinson was second with 20 fish for 945 fish points and five placing points; and Chris Richardson finished fourth with 15 fish for 748 fish points and 10 placing points.

The other members of the team are Phil Dixon, who was third with 25 fish for 1,228 fish points and Lewis Hendrie who had 21 fish for 956 fish points and 11 placing points.

The reserve is Andy Cliffe, who finished sixth with 20 fish for 930 fish points and 12 placing points.


July fish count data online

THE Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for July is now available on the web. Please note the revised reporting format for the Wear to take in account data from a counter in the new fish pass at Freeman’s reach.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

Photograph: Environment Agency
One of the North Pacific basin pink salmon landed in the North East.
One of the North Pacific basin pink salmon landed in the North East.

North East anglers urged to report sightings of non-native pink salmon 


THE Environment Agency (EA) is urging anglers to get in touch with information after reports a non-native salmon species was spotted in the North East.


Officers received information that three unusual fish had been caught – one by an angler on the River Tyne near Wylam and two by licensed netsmen off the coast of South Shields.


After examination, it’s believed the fish are Pink Salmon – Oncorhynchus gorbuscha – a native of the North Pacific basin and its surrounding rivers.


EA officers are investigating and are asking anglers to report any unusual salmon catches or sightings to them.


Richard Jenkins said: “This is quite an unusual find in our waters and we’re keen anglers know we’re aware of the sightings and we’re investigating.


“I’d urge them to contact us if they see any non-native salmon in the waters, with a date, location and if possible a photograph, which would really help us identify them and build up a picture of where they are.


“At this stage we don’t think there’s likely to be a major impact on wild fish stocks.”


Anyone with information is asked to contact the environmental monitoring team at Northumberland, Durham and Tees via 0800 807060.

AT and Greys launch small stillwater competition for junior anglers

The Angling Trust and Greys Fishing have launched a new competition for junior anglers.
The Angling Trust and Greys Fishing have launched a new competition for junior anglers.

THE Angling Trust has teamed up with Greys Fishing and introduce a new small stillwater competition for junior anglers.  

The Greys Junior Bank National will provide not only an entry point to competitive fly fishing but also provide existing competition anglers with the opportunity to perform in a national competition.

The competition will begin with nine regional heats held throughout the country in September and October, with three anglers from each heat qualifying for the national final which will beheld at Ellerdine Fishery in April.

The North East heat will be held at Witton Castle Lakes on September 6. The cost of entering the competition is only £5. There will be prizes supplied by Greys Fishing up for grabs at each of the heats as well at the final.

Download an entry form at



FOCL sales and marketing director Nathan Philpot, centre, receives the Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food glass TV trophy from Andrew Runacres, managing director of Vision Cruise, left, and John Cooper, commercial director of the Holiday & Cruise Channel, onboard Black Watch in Liverpool on July 23

FOCL wins best for food award


FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has been named Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food, in the Holiday & Cruise Channel’s Telly Awards, which are voted for entirely by viewers, winning the accolade by a considerable margin, registering nearly 10,000 votes.


Every quarter, the Liverpool-based Holiday & Cruise Channel – which broadcasts on Sky Channel 256 and Freeview Channel 55 – runs a poll on its website, to find out what its viewers think about selected areas of cruising, the winner receiving one of its coveted Telly Awards. In the last quarter, the channel asked Who is Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food, and FOCL was the resounding winner.


FOCL offers a range of restaurants and dining experiences across its fleet of four smaller, more intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – to suit the tastes and appetites of its predominantly British clientele. Full story: Travel 2

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Updated 1050 Monday, August 31, 2015