Plans to encourage wild salmon and seatrout back into Yorkshire’s river Ure have received a boost this week, with the announcement that the project will now receive Government backing.
The Ure Salmon Trust, formed by local landowners, has gained recognition of its work to increase numbers of salmon and sea trout migrating along the waterway from Defra (the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) that has urged the UST to continue its work.
Aiming to make the Ure one of the top salmon fishing destinations in the UK, the Trust, which already works with the Environment Agency, described the endorsement of its work by Defra as ‘a shot in the arm’ for the project.
“Having our efforts recognised by Defra is very welcome news indeed - it’s a real shot in the arm for all involved,” said Ure Salmon Trust co-founder Christopher Bilborough. “This project has initially been funded by a small number of individuals and local businesses and, over the next six years, we are aiming to raise £100,000 annually.
“We hope Defra’s endorsement will help attract further financial support to help us achieve our goal.”
Speaking about the work that is being carried out buy the Ure Salmon Trust, a spokesperson for Defra said:
“Defra fully encourage projects that seek to restore fisheries to benefit the ecology, recreation and economic status of river catchments.
“This is in alignment with our objectives for salmon fisheries, as well as an objective realised through the work of the Environment Agency, who are the Government’s delivery body for migratory and freshwater fisheries.
“We understand that the Ure Salmon Trust has been working with the Environment Agency to achieve its aims and we would urge you to continue to utilise the Agency’s expertise in this area.”
For more detail on the work being carried out by the Ure Salmon Trust, click here