River Ouse: fisheries drought report 1996

Frear, P.A. (1997) River Ouse: fisheries drought report 1996. Warrington, UK, Environment Agency North West, 40pp.

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The basis for undertaking this study was to examine factors and potential impacts affecting fish and fishing in relation to low flow drought conditions and what other impacts may arise as a result of further reduced flows resulting from abstraction. The study formed the basis of a three year project to concentrate on effects relating to potable water abstractions at Moor Monkton by YWS. To fully evaluate the possible effects on fisheries the study set out to encompass fish population surveys from fry to adult stock, analysis of angler catch data, reports from anglers and river reports from Environment Agency Fisheries staff. In order to evaluate any effects of drought and abstraction a three year study was instigated to examine fish populations. Fish population surveys were conducted at six sites in which the triennial rolling programme formed the basis of site selection. Multi-method sampling techniques were carried out at several sites in order to evaluate capture efficiency. Roach were prolific above the weir at Linton-on-Ouse, with gudgeon, perch and small bream also well represented. Roach dominated catches on the R.Ouse below Linton, with perch and bleak also relatively abundant. Low flows were not thought to be directly correlated to successful recruitment of coarse fish, rather the associated high temperatures during drought conditions showing a strong positive effect with most species exhibiting growth rates above their long-term average. At this stage in the study there are no clear indications that the drought has caused any deleterious effects to coarse fish populations or marked changes in species composition, with evidence of good recruitment by several species, indicating that the higher temperatures have generally been beneficial to recruitment. However, the indication that dace did not benefit as well as other coarse fish under these conditions may suggest some species are affected more than others. The successful strong recruitment of most coarse fish suggests that, in future, fisheries will be supported by the 1995 year-class.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: River Ouse: fisheries drought report 1996
Personal Creator/Author:
Frear, P.A.
Number of Pages: 40
Date: May 1997
Publisher: Environment Agency North West
Place of Publication: Warrington, UK
Funders: Environment Agency Archives North West
Contact Email Address: dis@fba.org.uk
Issuing Agency: Environment Agency, UK (Freshwater Biological Association)
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Ouse Catchment; Coarse fish; Rivers; River fisheries; Fishery surveys; Stocking density; Distribution; Droughts; Water quality
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 8052
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 12:44
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 12:44
Related URLs:
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8052

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