Safeguarding the future of the river Usk
From time to time the UFA publishes articles, written by association members or guest authors, covering contemporary issues affecting the river Usk, its eco-system and those who enjoy the sport it provides. In this section you can browse through an archive of everything we have published to date.
If you might be interesting in authoring an article that would interest members of the UFA, please get in touch.
New UUFA Committee Member Mark Roberts has kindly agreed for us to publish an article he has written on Spring Fishing on the Usk. Click below to read this great, very imformative article. There is even a video link on the last page of the article of Mark fishing.
This interesting presentation made by the Wye and Usk Foundation at their Annual Meeting in October last year focuses on why we experienced such low salmon numbers last season and how our river is performing. Whilst there is information in this presentation that relates to the River Wye, it is still interesting to see how our river is performing.
The latest scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) concerning European eel is that the stock is outside safe biological limits and current fisheries are not sustainable. Recent recruitment of eel (glass eel) has been as low as 1% of historic levels (measured on a European scale), and adult eels that are migrating to the sea to spawn suffer high mortality rates.
Sophie Arbuthnot of the EAW Ecological Appraisal Team kindly sent the following for we who are alarmed by the lack of eels.