Fish Legal helps wild trout fishery following pollution

Fish Legal has helped the Inler Angling Club in Northern Ireland to start the process of restoring a purely wild trout fishery using compensation money obtained following a 2013 pollution.

This settlement is a very good example of how a wild trout fishery can claim compensation from a polluter and use the money to improve habitat in the river.

The Inler Angling Club received an Advisory Visit from the Wild Trout Trust earlier this year.

Ian Kittle, Secretary of the Inler Angling Club, said:

We are glad that something positive has come out of the 2013 pollution disaster, when most of our fish were wiped out. Fortunately the wild trout in the tributary streams were unaffected and should be the basis of a restored population in the main river.

We think that really looking after the wild stocks from now on, including the sea trout, via the habitat restoration work recommended by the Wild Trout Trust, is much the best way to go rather than having to rely on expensive stocked fish artificially compensating for a degraded habitat.”

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