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95 species of fish threatened by a proposed Severn Barrage

14-01-09

The Stop the Barrage NOW campaign has uncovered that 95 different species of fish will be threatened if a Barrage were to be built across the Severn Estuary. Huw Irranca-Davies – the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) highlighted the number of fish that are known to occur in the Severn Estuary by answering a parliamentary question from Martin Salter MP. This list consisted of a number of endangered species including the Allis shad; Cod; Eel; Salmon; Sea lamprey and Twaite shad.

Martin Salter MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Angling Group said, “I understand the need for new sources of renewable energy to meet EU targets, and in the battle against climate change. However, the Severn Tidal Barrage will be devastating for the fish stocks and marine life in the Severn, Wye and Usk catchment. Not only would this be an environmental disaster, but would wipe out the millions of pounds recreational fishing contributes to the economy.

The creation of the Severn Tidal Barrage runs contrary to all the environmental protection the government is bringing forward in the Marine Bill, and is simply not the right solution to our energy gap".

Stop the Barrage NOW campaign argues that fish in the Severn Estuary would be adversely affected by the creation of a Severn Barrage and is alarmed to hear that the Government may proceed with a barrage knowing the large numbers of fish that would be affected. We call upon the Government not to place a Barrage on its shortlist of options when it announces its shortlist at the end of this month, but instead helps to conserve those endangered fish, the wider environment of the estuary and not cause irreversible damage to the Severn’s wildlife.

To see the parliamentary question and answer please click here:




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