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2015/16 Club-cards are available from our club officials and at the Lamb & Flag PH only

Prices are possibly subject to change the AGM will decide.

Club-cards £20.00
OAPs £10.00
Juniors  Junior members below 16 years of age when accompanied by an adult can fish for free but must register with the club first Free [see terms in left column
Junior Membership for unaccompanied juniors anglers. £5
Day tickets [Available only with a club membership card] £5.00

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    Welney Angling Club membership changes

Welney Angling Club (WAC) has experienced increasing levels of litter and rubbish being left on the banks of club waters. We have also witnessed poor standards of angling and there have been an increasing number of fish theft incidents.

To address these problems we have decided to change WAC into a members only club. Non members will not be allowed to fish WAC waters as of  the 16th of June 2014.

We welcome applications from all rule abiding, honest anglers who believe in conservation and will respect both the fish and other anglers.

Membership will take the form of a credit card sized card bearing the name, membership number and a photograph of the member and will remain active for 5 years.

Application forms can be obtained from either committee members or the Lamb and Flag public house, Welney. They are also available to download here

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Membership costs £5.00 and will be valid until March 14th 2020.

Day and season ticket prices will be agreed at the AGM. We do not anticipate any large price increases this season.

Membership must be obtained before fishing.

Shaun Booth.

WAC Chairman.

Latest News

All of the new platforms are now in place thanks to the efforts of Gavin, Wayne and Louise of Playmaintain.
Excellent standard of work throughout, I am sure that club members will get use out of them for many years to come.
Thanks Guys.

  

 

PFFA Fenland Flyer Results

 

Counter Drain Investigation [Mepal to Salters Lode]2014 PDF

 

23rd June 2014

Dear All,

Further to my email on Monday 16 June, I wanted to appraise you of the ongoing water quality incident on the Ouse Washes. 

We have been managing dissolved oxygen levels on the River Delph at Welney Bridge and Welches Dam since our monitoring alerted us to a problem on Wednesday 11 June.

What we are doing 

Operational staff and fisheries experts have been on site every day, monitoring dissolved oxygen levels, checking aeration equipment and dosing water with oxygen-enriching hydrogen peroxide at various locations.   

We were able to introduce some fresh water into the River Delph at Earith on the morning of Saturday 21 June 2014 and we saw significant improvements in water quality, as far down stream as Mepal, quite quickly.

Our monitoring equipment recorded a sudden drop in dissolved oxygen levels at Welney Bridge on Sunday 22 June 2014.  When staff arrived on site they reported thousands of fish gasping for air at the surface.   

Hydrogen Peroxide dosing equipment was loaded on to a boat and staff took to the water to improve the oxygen levels exactly where the fish were Ė see photo.  We removed aerating equipment from the water at Welches Dam following security concerns.

Current situation Aeration equipment remains in place at Welmore Sluice and downstream of Welney Bridge. 

Whilst dissolved oxygen levels continue to fluctuate at Welney, they are starting to return to normal further upstream at Welches Dam and downstream at Welmore Sluice.  Itís thought that poor quality water pools at Welney where the channel is deeper; but we are installing a second aerator at Welney to help address this. We have still only recorded two dead fish during this incident, despite recording multiple incidents of fish in distress. 

Working together Managing our response on this 30km stretch of water is staff intensive; we canít be everywhere all the time.  So weíre asking partners and the general public to help us by reporting sightings of fish in distress or people acting suspiciously near Environment Agency equipment. Any concerns should be raised with us via our incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60.

Next steps We will continue to monitor and manage dissolved oxygen levels to sustain fish mortality, itís likely that we will be managing this incident for the next few weeks. 

Introducing fresh water in to the River Delph at Earith is the most cost effective way of resolving this situation, however as mentioned before, we must be mindful of the impact this has on water levels on the Great Ouse and within the Ouse Washes. For example we need to ensure we can still manage flood risk, water abstraction for agriculture and navigation for boaters. The MET office forecasts rain later today and through tomorrow which will help the situation.  

We will advise you of any changes in the current circumstances as and when they occur.

Kind regards 

Julie

Julie Foley

Deputy Director Area Manager
(Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Area)

Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE28 4NE

Direct dial 01480 483927

Direct e-mail AnglianCentral_Area-@environment-agency.gov.uk

 

16/06/2014 River Delph incident

We are currently responding to a water quality incident on the River Delph at Welney Bridge and Welches Dam.

Our remote monitoring process alerted us to a potential water quality issue on Wednesday, 11 June.  We stepped up our monitoring to include daily visual inspections and on site water quality tests.

Yesterdayís (Sunday, 15 June 2014) monitoring showed a significant drop in dissolved oxygen levels at both locations, with two dead pike at Welney and fish in distress, gasping for air at the surface of the water, at Welches Dam.

What we are doing

Operational staff and fisheries team experts were on site by midday yesterday installing aerators at both sites and dosing the water with oxygen-enriching hydrogen peroxide at Welches Dam where levels had dropped more significantly. Our prompt action has prevented a major fish kill; without funds provided by anglers Rod Licence income we would not be able to respond to incidents of this nature in this way.  

Current situation The aerators remain in place and this mornings monitoring suggests that dissolved oxygen levels have improved slightly and have held overnight. Operational staff will install a third aerator at Welmore Sluice.  We will continue to monitor and treat the water at Welney Bridge and Welches Dam to improve oxygen levels and water quality for fish until the situation improves.  Itís likely that this situation will continue for the foreseeable future. See MAP

Next steps Last year we successfully resolved a similar incident by introducing fresh water into the affected water courses.  However, there is still standing water on the Washes at the far end of the system and we wonít be able to introduce any more water until this has drained off.  There are also a number of other considerations to take into account before we are able to take this action, we must balance the water needs of people, businesses (including agriculture) and the environment. We will advise you of any changes in the current circumstances as and when they occur.

Kind regards

Peta Denham

Area Duty Manager, Incident Management (Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Area)

Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 4NE