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    Default River Tavy clean up takes a funny turn

    After the good publicity on some of the news channels things have obviously got too much for someone, emails have been sent to MP's and the local news regarding the paddlers (me for instance) fiddling with the fish and walking on the grass. Own goal? Upcoming bun fight? we'll have to see how the Western morning news starts the fun in the morning

    http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/f...hp?f=3&t=96824

    Just so people know, we removed three, full, 15ft prospectors worth of garbage over a few hours and many laughs were had.
    Last edited by Sickboy; 14th-November-2012 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Being harsh before the the ink has dried

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    Good grief, that's ridiculous.
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    Equally ridiculous that one person should complain, when residents along the river applaud it. Spot the odd one out...

    I'm inclined to congratulate you all on your efforts personally. Well done!!
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    Looks like clean ups might be a good way of getting publicity... We will see how this pans out...
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    Part of the email has now been posted up on the linked thread, seems its not just the cleanup team thats in the wrong, the EA are too for backing us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sickboy View Post
    Just so people know, we removed three, full, 15ft prospectors worth of garbage over a few hours and many laughs were had.
    Well done on the clean up. It will be interesting to see tomorrows article.

    Was it a Wenonah P15 cos that would be a lot of rubbish

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    From an anglers perspective - first of all well done on the litter-pick. Secondly this guy clearly has his own agenda - which is probably to see paddlers banned or something equally daft. If he wanted prior information about litter-picks he should be talking to the EA, not shouting at them...........
    Some of the EA are extremely helpful.

    May I just repeat what I've said elsewhere - that as yet I have no concrete proof that paddlers damage redds - that's anywhere in the UK, not just the upper Wye. If/as/when I have the proof I'll share it here. Until then it is a possibility, but nothing more. Wading anglers are equally possibly damaging redds.
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    What a D**K
    Perhaps he should come to South and Mid Wales to see how anglers and fishermen work together on the rivers

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    Unbelievable response. Well done to all those on the litter pick.
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    Well done to all those on the clear up. No matter what anyone says its was worth it.

    I wonder if Bob Mountjoy is a little upset because you wore the wrong attire. See top left Photo from his club's website

    http://twpfishing.net/Pages/Photos1.html

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    The 'thisiscornwall' site appears to have pulled the story, so the first link to it from UKRGB doesn't work anymore

    This does at the moment, from 'thisisdevon'. Mr Mountjoy it seems has made himself a tad unpopular
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunburyAndy View Post
    Well done to all those on the clear up. No matter what anyone says its was worth it.

    I wonder if Bob Mountjoy is a little upset because you wore the wrong attire. See top left Photo from his club's website

    http://twpfishing.net/Pages/Photos1.html
    A dead and coloured "trophy" fish (a small one at that) - now that really does give angling, and particularly salmon angling, a bad name.

    Salmon are a beautiful silver when they first enter the river, becoming progressively darker as they stay in fresh water. That one looks to have been in the river for some time. It's darkish, and there is the beginnings of a kype (hook on lower jaw which male fish develop before they spawn).

    If an angler catches and wants to kill a salmon, and it's legal, then that's fine. That fish though, can not be considered in any way to be a trophy fish (too small and not fresh) and holding the fish like that is just plain disrespectful.

    Yee-haH!
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    http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk...70.aspx?page=3

    Canoeists launch 'clean-up' of two Devon rivers

    05-Nov-2012

    More than 50 volunteer canoeists will take to the water this weekend to remove litter and rubbish from two Devon rivers.
    Armed with bags and gloves supplied by the Environment Agency, the litter-picking paddlers will target a stretch of the River Dart between Dartmeet and Buckfast and the River Tavy from just upstream of Tavistock to Denham Bridge near Lopwell Dam.
    A similar clean-up on the Dart earlier this year resulted in the successful removal of more than 20 bin bags of litter ranging from plastic bottles and rubber dinghies to discarded shoes.
    The event is being organised by professional kayaking coach, Mark Allen, from Exeter who is hoping around 30 volunteers will turn up on the Dart this Sunday (November 11) and at least 20 on the Tavy. Litter will be collected by canoeists and volunteers patrolling the riverbanks. The two teams aim to clean approximately 30 miles of river.
    ‘We are fortunate to have some beautiful rivers in Devon for everyone to enjoy. Most canoeists care about the environment and don’t like to see our rivers spoilt by unsightly litter. They are happy to take part in clean-up events and do their bit for the environment. We see it as a way of putting something back into the community. It also keeps our rivers tidy and looking good,’ said Mark Allen.
    A lot of litter that finds its way into Devon’s rivers is blown from picnic spots and adjoining roads and car parks. The majority of items are plastic, most of which can be recycled.
    ‘Its laziness on the part of people who discard crisp packets and other litter not realising it ends up in a nearby river. We’ve also found fishing tackle caught in overhanging branches and trees,’ said Mark Allen who managed to recycle around 90% of the litter collected in the last clean-up on the Dart in February 2012.
    Mark and his team of litter-picking paddlers plan to extend the clean-ups to other Devon rivers and turn them into annual events involving a larger squad of volunteers.
    ‘We fully support these two clean-up events and are more than happy to supply volunteers with the equipment they need to do an excellent job. Rivers are incredibly important and valuable and we should all do our bit to help keep them clean and healthy,’ said Mike Maslin for the Environment Agency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsmith View Post
    The 'thisiscornwall' site appears to have pulled the story, so the first link to it from UKRGB doesn't work anymore

    This does at the moment, from 'thisisdevon'. Mr Mountjoy it seems has made himself a tad unpopular
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    Trying to be helpful but then posted the wrong link, Doh
    This is the correct one....HERE
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