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Yorkshire Water helps preserve fish numbers in River Seven

Yorkshire Water has been working alongside the East Yorkshire Rivers Trust (EYRT) and the Seven Angling Club in Sinnington to help preserve the native fish in the river, after concerns that numbers were dwindling.

In supporting partnership working involving the EYRT, Environment Agency and Wild Trout Trust, Yorkshire Water have delivered greater benefits for both customers and fish populations than working alone.

Yorkshire Water secured £8,000 from its biodiversity fund while the EYRT were also successful in obtaining a Fisheries Improvement Grant from the Environment Agency to carry out the project.

The money was used to introduce large wood debris to deflect flows away from damaged banks and provide cover for the fish. The environment has also been altered to provide a new river flow which is more in keeping with the fish’s habitat and improving chances of successful fish spawning so fish such as brown trout and grayling can thrive once again.

Principal ecologist at Yorkshire Water, Dr Ben Aston, said: “When offered, we jumped at the chance to help out. The River Seven is a stunning stretch of river and maintain its environment is very important to us.

“We were concerned by the drop in native fish numbers so we are thrilled that helping the EYRT and Seven Angling club can ensure the river will maintain its ‘good ecological status’ for self-sustaining fish species.”

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