Fish Legal Update 5th March 2014

It’s been a tough month for the Environment Agency – having been used as a political football in the “to dredge or not to dredge” debate – but Fish Legal has uncovered serious nationwide failings in the regulator’s response to pollution-related fish kills.

Using the Agency’s own data, Fish Legal has shown that its fisheries officers – those with the expertise to properly assess the extent and full impact of a fish kill – are often not involved in the follow-up investigation.

Furthermore, the Agency has not been consistently and properly responding to, or recording, fish kill incidents.

This contravenes the Agency’s own internal procedures and undermines its regulation and enforcement function.

A Freedom of Information request made by Fish Legal last year sparked an Agency-wide review of their performance in this area in 2013 which exposed these and other failings.

To read the full story click here.

Fish Legal will be pushing for a credible plan to implement the recommendations coming out of the audit before the Agency presents its solutions to the England Fisheries Group in the near future.


Tell us your experiences:

Have you reported a fish kill to the Agency? Did they survey the fish stocks?

If your fishery has been affected by pollution causing a fish kill please contact Fish Legal.  We can represent our member clubs, riparians and fisheries and recover compensation for them to restore and restock.


If your club or fishery is not already a member of Fish Legal please contact us on 01568 620 447 to upgrade their membership.

Fish Legal represents its members throughout the UK.  In England only it acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust.