Boost for fish stocks in beck thanks to club’s new ‘pass’

The wooden fish pass structure built on the existing weir near Burniston Road Bridge.
The wooden fish pass structure built on the existing weir near Burniston Road Bridge.
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Chances of salmon and sea trout returning to the North Sea after spawning have been boosted thanks to a new £9,000 ‘fish pass’ at Scalby Beck.

Scalby Beck Angling Club built the wooden structure following the success of a similar development, which was installed further up the river more than 10 years ago.

It has been created just below Burniston Road bridge to help the migrating fish negotiate the steep beck’s many weirs, preventing them from being vulnerable to poaching.

The structure helps the fish to reach a spawning area, which allows them to grow in a safe environment, increasing the river’s stocks.

John Shannon, project officer for East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust, which supported and helped fund the development, said: “Scalby Beck Angling club have undertaken an ambitious project to build their own fish pass on one of the weirs at Scalby Beck.

“It was finally completed last month after two years of planning, just in time for the sea trout and salmon migration period thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication from volunteers.

“There has already been a great deal of interest from locals who walk along this picturesque area and there has been a good deal of positive feedback.”

Fish passes are vital to allow certain species to return to their traditional spawning grounds.

Only a few years ago just 10 were constructed in the whole country, but the figure is now in the hundreds.