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Update On Recent Reported Pollution Incidents

We have a long, and ever growing dialogue with the Environment Agency regarding the large number of pollution incidents which take place on the River Irwell system…

In addition to this dialogue with the EA about incidents… we are also in regular contact about the long standing poor (but improving) chemical content of the water…… and the frequency and volume of legal discharges of raw untreated sewage from our local utility company

Here is an update on some of the recent pollution events.

Crown Oil, 10,000+ litres of heating oil allowed to escape into River Roch – – a 2012 Category 2 (significant) incident resulted in the company receiving a formal caution. A 2014 incident was attended but not substantiated

Briggs Demolition – long term effects of poor enforcement? (Diffuse pollution from illegal landfill site, already prosecuted by the EA and let off by courts with reduced fine to enable environmental clean up which has never taken place. Ongoing pollution from this site results in massively depleted kick sample results downstream of this point.) Our enforcement was completed several years ago. This is now a contaminated land site for which queries should be addressed to the local authority   – a further update on this site is that UU are considering remediation works to enable access to their sewer network – this has to be good news

 Bradshaw Brook 2013 UU contractor HCL acid – hundreds of fish deaths - Prosecution complete nearly £1m in fines https://www.gov.uk/government/news/united-utilities-and-contractors-fined-almost-1m-for-polluting-brook-with-corrosive-bleach

Warth Fold Hydro – built without a fish pass! – regularly breaches abstraction consents by running all the river flow through its turbine and sometimes taking more flow than the river has, thus depleting pool above, then drying out river below while the pool above the weir refills. Also EA have allowed the hydro operator to but batons on top of the weir to increase the head of the retained pool of water above the weir, and direct more flow through the turbine!!! How can any of this be legal? – No response from the EA – update 2017 The EA cannot enforce a fish pass be constructed on these dreadful schemes (example Bury Community Hydro)  

Ringley Waste Water Treatment Works  split main 1 2013–massive amount of eaw sewage entered the watercourse during low flow dry period….. category 2 (significant) incident United Utilities accepted a formal caution

Ringley Waste Water Treatment Works / Rhodes Farm split sludge pipe 2 2013 same area – different pipe – (a second low pressure pipe rupture under the River Irwell – Category 3 (minor) incident warning letter

Bury Waste Water Treatment Works –  no screening on inlet (EA no comment – UU’s comment was that they don’t need one because the EA have never asked them to put one in) Assessment of the impact of this is ongoing in order to establish what improvements if any are required under forthcoming AMP schemes – SFAS will be asking for this practice to be reviewed in the next round of United Utilties Asset Management Planing 6

Fly Tipping in Bury and Radcliffe – using river banks as landfill – plus other industrial related fly tipping (neither EA nor Council take any responsibility) Not an EA Matter – Matter for Bury Council
 April 2014 Irwell turns green – then white – no feedback – no prosecution of building site (EA claim no knowledge of this incident despite EA and UU responding) Polluter not identified no further action
April 2014 Wince Brook (EA investigated and found no evidence of pollution despite photographs from anglers showing source of pollution and the river running milky white) Polluter not identified no further action
July 2014 Tesco Haslingden 10,000 litres fuel (no comment – ongoing criminal investigation) Guilty pleas entered sentencing due summer 2017
Dec 2014 Irwell turns white (again) – anglers locate source of pollution to Rakem Chemicals - Category 2 incident (significant but discoloration only – effectively a white dye) formal caution accepted by Rakem Ltd 
SFAS have asked angling club members to report the worst/most foul sewage overflows – we have then taken this information forwards to UU and to the EA and asked for these locations to be investigated and prioritised..
We are very glad to report to members that our views and observations are both listened to and acted upon.
Some of the worst performing pipes are cleaned immediately… others are noted as being “in need of improvement”
We are pleased to inform you that the sewage overflows at Nuttall Park in Bury, Moses Gate in Bolton, Bury Bridge and Elton in Bury are now high on the list for remediation in the next round of capital spending from UU….. there are many more locations where the sewage system is going to upgraded which will improve the water quality of our rivers……… many many thanks to our members for highlighting the grot spots so that we have make those responsible aware,, and to encourage action…
Well done to all our members …. please keep the reports and photos coming in…
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Irwell pollution againirk orange

Salford Friendly Anglers Rules 1904

These rules printed in 1904 reflect the fact that Salford Friendly Anglers Society had dropped the financial side of their activities after the banking crisis of the 1890s.

The club continues to run to very simple set rules to this day – we prefer anglers to enjoy fishing in their own style – to use common sense and not be hamstrung by a huge list of pre-determined does and don’ts.

Salford Friendly Anglers Society Rules 1904

Salford Friendly Anglers Society Rules 1904

We Have Won £1000 !

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Thanks to everyone who voted for Salford Friendly Anglers project in the recent round of funding from the Salford Council Recycle & Reward Scheme

Our project received the most votes – so WE WON £1000 to spend on fish to restock into the Old River..

 

Christmas Social Fish In – 31st Dec Old River

We will be holding our annual Christmas “fish in” at the Old River in Irlam on Saturday 31st Dec

Our event will start at 8am – and finish when everyone has had enough of the cold/ice/brandy/blanking etc….

Everyone welcome to attend – this is a free event

Most people will be targeting pike – but its just a day to get out doors – have a chat – a brew and meet other club members

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North West Street Lure Festival 2016 – Result

27 anglers took part – on a sunshine bathed Salford Quays

Nearly everyone caught fish – with the winner being decided on the total length of fish caught

1st place Steven Wilson 553 cm (18ft 2 inches)

Winner - Steven Wilson 553cm - great bit of fishing

Winner – Steven Wilson 553cm – great bit of fishing

 

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2nd place Matus Strohner 470 cm (15ft 5 inches)

3rd place Cosmin Antonie 420 cm (13ft 9 inches)

4th place Dragos Dumitrescu 283 cm (9 ft 3 inches)

5th place Craig Evans 280 cm (9 ft 2 inches)

6th place Branislav Kosak 197 cm (6ft 6 inches)

7th place Alexander Takacs 194 cm (6ft 4 inches)

7th place Maciej Szuchmilski 194 cm (6ft 4 inches)

9th place Mindaugas Petrikas 187 cm (6ft 2 inches)

10th place Craig Gilbert 180 cm (6 ft ) – awesome thats SIX FEET of fish !! as tall as me in perch – well done Craig !!

10th place Gregorz Pawlak 180 cm (6ft )

A great effort from everyone concerned – and a great social event both before and after the competition

Many thanks to our event sponsors www.favorite-fishing.com 

I will add more photos below as people send them in to me

pre match

pre match

pre match

pre match

pre match - discussing tactics

pre match – discussing tactics

getting ready

getting ready

ready for the off

ready for the off

Salford Quays KHV UPDATE

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF KHV AT SALFORD QUAYS – BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT AND REPORT ANY FISH WHICH YOU MIGHT CONSIDER TO BE IN DISTRESS

Four club members have walked the entire circumference of the Quays this morning (two groups of two). Conditions were perfect for fish spotting.

There are no signs of any fish in distress – there was one small carp dead floating in the corner of Ontario Basin – it had damage and maggots in its gills – highly likely that this fish was the one that was reported to be in distress yesterday..

So – our KHV scare is now hopefully over – please be extra vigilant so that we can respond immediately if there are mulitple fish deaths.

We have no regrets about raising this issue – better to be a PANIC FANNY and take the safety first option – than to ignore issues and hope they go away on their own..

As ever – being vigilant and reporting things is our best defence against disease – the most important way to prevent the transfer of disease is to dry out your nets and tackle between fishing trips !!

 The club committee would like to thank the angler who reported this fish in the first place – well done.

Possible KHV at Salford Quays

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF KHV AT SALFORD QUAYS – BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT AND REPORT ANY FISH WHICH YOU MIGHT CONSIDER TO BE IN DISTRESS

Four club members have walked the entire circumference of the Quays this morning (two groups of two). Conditions were perfect for fish spotting.

There are no signs of any fish in distress – there was one small carp dead floating in the corner of Ontario Basin – it had damage and maggots in its gills – highly likely that this fish was the one that was reported to be in distress yesterday..

So – our KHV scare is now hopefully over – please be extra vigilant so that we can respond immediately if there are mulitple fish deaths.

We have no regrets about raising this issue – better to be a PANIC FANNY and take the safety first option – than to ignore issues and hope they go away on their own..

As ever – being vigilant and reporting things is our best defence against disease – the most important way to prevent the transfer of disease is to dry out your nets and tackle between fishing trips !!

 The club committee would like to thank the angler who reported this fish in the first place – well done.

 

 

A carp was caught today which showed possible symptoms of KHV

We are calling the EA first thing in the morning – and will take things from there………..

However until we are able to provide an update – its best if ALL ANGLERS treat the Quays as though KHV is present…….. please disinfect nets and tackle after use

Lets hope that the fish which was caught showing symptoms today – is located again quickly — will all anglers please keep their eyes skinned and report anything unusual/abnormal to us via admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk

Here a pic of the diseased fish which was caught today …

 

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Poachers Fined For Illegal Fishing At Drinkwater Park

drinkwater park poaching

In October 2015 one of our members called a committee member to report 2 people fishing on Drinkwater Park Lake who he thought were fishing illegally (5 rods each) and that he had observed them killing fish and putting them in a bag…

Usually we try to deal with this sort of issue by a swift visit to the lake to “have a word” with the anglers in question, to ensure that they comply with our fishery rules in future. However on this occaision our usual response team were all otherwise engaged so using the information on how to report fisheries crime to the police we called our local police station and reported that there were two people who we suspected of fishing illegally – giving the Home Office crime codes which detail the laws being broken and the appropriate response that the Police should make.

At the end of our call to the Police Station I asked if anyone was going to bother attending – and was pleasantly surprised to be told that an officer was already on the way..

10 minutes later we recieved a call from a Police Officer who had apprehended two people fishing with multiple rods, no licences, not members of the club and with dead fish in a bag……

Now that the legal process has taken its course – we are very happy to report that the people in question have been prosecuted and fined a total of £431 for poaching and unlicensed fishing offences – which we consider to be a great result

Many thanks to PC Richard Garland of GMP Bury South and to Ian Wood of the Environment Agency for all the hard work you have done behind the scenes to bring these people to justice and to protect a community angling facility.

And many thanks to the Angling Trust for providing the information on your website which told us how to report this incident properly

 

 

 

River Irk Clean Up Event Oct 2015

River Irk Clean Up

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our River Irk Clean Up event in Blackley.

Heavy rain over the previous few days resulted in the water quality being too poor for us to ask our volunteers to get in the river and get wet dragging rubbish out. The potential for people to pick up some seriously nasty bugs was just too high. The river hasn’t earned the nick name “The Dirty Irk” without good reason.

So instead we stuck to cleaning the river banks.  As you can see from the picture above, we found all the usual suspects which seem to inhabit our urban rivers. Bike wheels, plastic patio chairs, umbrellas, shopping trolleys, and of course an inner city specialty in the plastic coating from stripped copper cables.

A good mornings work, cleaning 3 sections of river bank between Sainsburys and the BT Cable Yard in Blackley.

As you can see from the pic below, the Irk also treated the two volunteers who did venture into the river with a foamy bath, courtesy of the run off from the car wash at the local Sainsburys, and the truck was slightly upstream of the m60 motorway both of which run off directly into the river.

River Irk Clean Up

The shopping trolley at the front of the pic was removed, but you can see the permanent foam lane on the far bank which isn’t visible in the river, upstream of the two offending locations.

Hopefully with a little council co-operation we will be able to get these two sources of pollution dealt with.

Our next clean up event will be held in Ashton U Lyne on the River Tame. 10.30am start on the 29th Nov. Meet outside the Station Hotel.

This will be the last event of the year – and our clean up events will re-commence in Spring 2016

What A Cracker

Congratulations to 12 year old Kaden McCarthy from Salford, on the capture of this magnificent 20lb+ pike from the Rochdale Canal in the City Centre of Manchester.

Manchester Pike

A superb fish, caught on ledgered sprat and a dead cert winner of Salford Friendly Anglers annual “fish of the year” competition.

If any adult angler submits an entry for this competition between now and are Xmas do, they will be drummed out of the club.

If you’re thinking that this was a lucky one “one off” capture, then you’d be very mistaken. This is Kadens 2nd 20lb+ pike from the centre of Manchester this year, and he can also claim more feathers in his cap with the capture of some decent carp and chub this summer too.

So, John Wilson watch out, Martin Bowler move over – keep your eyes peeled next time you’re on the bank for our own superstar in the making Kaden McCarthy.