Action Irwell and the Salford Friendly Anglers
River Name: River Irwell
River Basin: North West
Author: Paul Gaskell
Mike Duddy and his rapidly growing band of supporters on the “Costa del Sal-ford” are near fanatical advocates for their local river and have formed ‘Action Irwell’ .
Their aims are to restore and protect river sections and stillwaters over the length of the Irwell and to secure free fishing access rights for the community in perpetuity. They have an impressive sign up rate for members, through the rejuvenation of what was originally the world’s oldest angling club, Salford Friendly Anglers .
This group has logged and prioritised all of the 300-plus Combined Sewer outfalls on the Irwell and trained a full team of invertebrate monitoring volunteers under the umbrella of the Riverfly Partnership Angler Monitoring Initative (for details click here). The group has secured the rights to several fisheries to provide free angling for the community and taken their findings to local government. Their media profile is helped by the presence of the BBC in Salford and they have made the most of this with a film slot for the BBC with Mike Duddy fishing the Manchester Ship Canal and talking about his blog.
The group have arranged and hosted a WTT Advisory Visit, and in addition to the report from that visit, we have provided advice on organising the group and interpreting consented discharge datasets. The group has also been involved in the Urban River Champion’s Conclave enabling the peer-support network of TinTT projects to continue to grow.
Treated effluent discharge on the River Irwell