Plan for action is warmly greeted

Monday saw the launch of the Tyne Rivers Trust Strategic Action Plan at Hexham Racecourse's Conference Suite.

Monday saw the launch of the Tyne Rivers Trust Strategic Action Plan at Hexham Racecourse's Conference Suite.

The Action Plan for the River Tyne will begin the process of securing the long-term future of the river and its tributaries.

It details a number of projects to be undertaken in the next three years including a river watch, teaching and education, evaluation of water-based activities, a wild angling passport fishing scheme, habitat improvements, a new fish pass at Hexham, a river clean up, a web-based information system, geographical information system, catchment research, and a catchment activity data base.

The Tyne Rivers Trust needs to raise the necessary funds to achieve these goals and will wokr with the Environment Agency for the benefit of the Tyne catchment area.

Tyne Rivers Trust chairman Andrew Davison said: "It is a tribute to the progress and vision of the Trust and the Environment Agency that we are leading the way and building strong relationships at this early stage."

Many local businesses and organisation have also pledged help to the Trust. For further details log on to www.tyneriverstrust.org or contact 01434 611 817

NSPORT on the Tyne picked up last weekend after rainfall in the west and a release from Kielder.

Some good fish were caught, among them an 18lb salmon off NERTAC Waters on the South Tyne by Chris Morris. Dick Stoneleigh from St Helens caught an excellent 13lb 8oz sea-trout on a Yellow tube fly while Steven Hutchinson landed a salmon of 17lb and a sea-trout of 9lb on a Mepps.

The Tyne fell away to a low flow after the release ceased and was out of the system by midday Tuesday.

With Kielder Water below the September trigger level, it is unlikely there will be any more releases until rainfall lifts the levels of the reservoir.

Out on the Wear on Bishop Auckland AC waters, Mark Haughton landed an excellent 8lb 8oz sea-trout on a worm.

NON Sunday two of Sharpley's lakes will host the Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Association Children's Day. Anglers support from Sharpley regulars will again be welcomed and also from other interested anglers. Contact Simon on 07860 757 527.

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