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WRT CaBA/CRF Conference 02/12/14 - Scott West

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In December 2014 WRT held a Catchment Based Approach and Catchment Restoration Fund Conference in Exeter. WRT's Scott West gave a presentation on the fishery managers toolbox for species and habitat management.

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WRT CaBA/CRF Conference 02/12/14 - Scott West

  1. 1. Westcountry Rivers Trust A Fisheries Toolbox Species & habitat management Scott West Westcountry Rivers Trust
  2. 2. Westcountry Rivers Trust Today’s talk • Introduction to fisheries tools • A brief look at techniques: – Walkover surveys – Wooded debris – Channel morphology – Barrier easement – River bank management – Population analysis – Gravel augmentation – Semi quantitative Electrofishing • Fisheries formula, developing plans & integrating tools
  3. 3. Westcountry Rivers Trust A fisheries toolbox • Cathchment scale fisheries work requires a multitude of techniques, all working in unison • Applied science
  4. 4. Westcountry Rivers Trust Fisheries management work for WFD & other drivers • Questions: What are the issues? What methods to adopt? How to evaluate?
  5. 5. Westcountry Rivers Trust A fish's eye view throughout…
  6. 6. Westcountry Rivers Trust Species & lifecycles
  7. 7. Westcountry Rivers Trust Walkover surveys
  8. 8. Westcountry Rivers Trust Wooded debris, flow deflectors & revetment techniques • Habitat creation / protection • Bank side protection • Flow manipulation • Natural channel morphology
  9. 9. Westcountry Rivers Trust
  10. 10. Westcountry Rivers Trust
  11. 11. Westcountry Rivers Trust Barrier easements & solutions
  12. 12. Westcountry Rivers Trust River bank managementRiver bank management
  13. 13. Westcountry Rivers Trust Population analysis: Fish Tagging studies
  14. 14. Westcountry Rivers Trust Population analysis: Genetics studies
  15. 15. Westcountry Rivers Trust Gravel augmentation
  16. 16. Westcountry Rivers Trust
  17. 17. Westcountry Rivers Trust Semi-quantitative electrofishing • Methodology • Benefits • Targeted
  18. 18. Westcountry Rivers Trust Challenges • Targeting work • Permissions • Consents • Timing / climate • Conflicts of interest?
  19. 19. Westcountry Rivers Trust A fisheries formula for success • Developing plans by asking questions & making assessment on: – Populations – Habitats – Status • Taking action by use of & integrating the tools • Evaluating & learning
  20. 20. Westcountry Rivers Trust Linking it all together • Drivers • Evidence • Management tools • Catchment working • Succession planning
  21. 21. Westcountry Rivers Trust More fins in the river!
  22. 22. Westcountry Rivers Trust Westcountry Rivers Trust Thanks for listening scott@wrt.org.uk www.wrt.org.uk

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