Owenbeg Enhancement Works 2014

Arc NW

Roe Angling Limited is pleased to announce that Enhancement work has started for this year on the Owenbeg River. This is one of the main spawning tributaries on the River Roe. The aim of this work is to reverse the effects of drainage work on our tributaries. We would like to thank ARC NW for their continued funding of our habitat enhancement schemes.

This work comprises of ten spawning sites with nursery in front of a small low water groyne. Behind this, large rocks are placed for 75 yards below the site. This is deemed as best practice, as it is the cheapest method to encourage salmonoid numbers within a catchment area. These large boulders help provide food for all species of fish and helps juvenile fish to grow. This makes them better prepared for their journey at sea.

We have been using this method since 1997 and the electrofishing results from Loughs – Agency show that it is making a big difference to the River Roe salmon numbers. We had over 4,000 fish over the counter for last year.

We again would like to thank the Land owners for their help by allowing us access to the river over their land.

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

 

Roe Angling Limited -27/02/2014- Enhancement Update

Funder logosRoe Angling Limited is pleased to announce that it has just completed the creation of a buffer zone, along two tributaries of the River Roe. The first tributary to be completed was the Allcattan Burn. The second was the Owenbeg River. This work was funded by the NIEL grant scheme, who was promoting environmental themed projects along with other government departments named above. We managed to be awarded £10,000 on this occasion. This fund was helped through the proceeds of the new plastic bag levy. It is great to see the revenue being put into helping protect our environment in many different ways.

The buffer zone comprised off 1,735 metres of fencing, erected 1.5 metres back from the waters, edge. This allows for that area to be closed off during the salmon and trout spawning time. The main aim is to stop cattle and sheep entering the water, thus minimising the risk of sediment movement during this crucial time. We have erected gates to allow livestock to graze the buffer zone at a less dangerous time of the year. We have also installed pneumatic drinkers at several locations to allow livestock access to water. We hope to increase the survival rate in our salmonoid numbers by a small percentage.

This means of enhancement has just been made known to us in the last few years, so we were keen to try it out. Again we have to thank our local land owners for their full support in this scheme. We also hope to continue with this type of scheme whereby anglers and land owners both benefit. We have supplied several photos of the project to let our members see our on-going enhancement work.


2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

2014 River Enhancement Work2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

 

River Roe Enhancement Scheme 2011

This year the Roe Angling Limited concentrated its enhancement work on the Owenbeg.
 During the last year we have been involved with seeking grant aid from ARC Northwest. We have been successful in securing nearly £24,000 in grant aid. This aid has helped us complete thirteen spawning units with seventy five yards of nursery below each. This will finish our work on the Owenbeg.

As before each unit consisted of a low level groyne to facilitate spawning. Below this large stones were placed on the river bed to encourage more invertebrates. This will produce more food for juvenile salmonids. We have been using this method from 1997 and electro fishing results show that this method is working. Loughs Agency also feels that this work is the main reason that our salmon numbers do not follow the trend of other rivers in the Foyle system.
 We also installed a 360 yard buffer zone as this area was showing signs of erosion. We would like to convey our thanks to the local landowners for their permission to enter their land and conduct this work.

New groyne
Enhancement Work

New groyne
New Groyne

With the salmon arriving early and with good floods this year, we hope to see these spawning units being used this year.

If any angler is interested in seeing this enhancement work or finding out more, they can contact any member of committee.

River Roe Enhancement Scheme 2010

This year the Roe Angling Limited decided to upgrade the spawning potential of the Alcattan Burn. The Alcattan had been electro fished by Loughs Agency prior to any enhancement work. Salmon Parr were found to be present so it was a perfect situation to install spawning sites. There were 7 habitat units installed in total. Just below them nursery stones were placed to help produce aquatic food for salmon Parr. These nursery areas were about 100 yards long. Some bushes needed to be trimmed back to allow more light into the sites. This was very labour intensive and thanks go to the lads from Dungiven who gave a day to complete this task. These types of groynes seem to be able to withstand the large floods due to their row of three stones. Salmon redds were seen on the groynes that we installed in the Woodburn last year so hopefully the same will happen in the Alcattan Burn. More work is planed for next year on the Owenbeg so if anyone would like to help just drop an email to our secretary.

Area of river before enhancement
Area of river before enhancement

After enhancement work
After enhancement work

River Roe Enhancement Scheme 2009

Roe Angling Limited has completed its enhancement work on the river system for this year. The association concentrated its efforts on the Woodburn. Ten spawning units were installed with seventy five yards of nursery below each.

This is deemed best practice to encourage an increase in the survival rate of salmonids in river. The association has been enhancing the system since 1997 and have gained a wealth of experience in this field. The aim of this scheme was to reinstate the tributary to its original state (pre-drainage). A low level groyne was installed to facilitate salmon spawning.


New groyne
New groyne

Below this large stones were placed on the river bed to encourage more invertebrates. This will produce more food for juvenile salmonids. With this in mind the association decided that a buffer zone would work very well on this small system.


New groyne
New groyne

Local landowners were asked for their permission to install a buffer zone and 1,000 yards of river bank was fenced off. To accommodate cattle, small sections were fenced off to allow for drinking water. This buffer zone will help the river by attracting more fly life hence more food, as well as preventing bank erosion caused by cattle. It must be said that this type of enhancement work could not be accomplished without the cooperation of the local landowners.


Buffer Zone
Buffer Zone

This scheme was part funded by Loughs Agency with whom we have been working closely with over several years. We can undertake larger schemes each year with help through funding. Loughs Agency has been undertaking extensive electro fishing throughout the tributaries of the river Roe and has been informing the association of the results. This information is of great help to the association as they can aim their enhancement work at specific areas of most need. This particular scheme shows anglers what can be achieved when they work with governing bodies like Loughs Agency. This year Roe Angling Limited spent £8,400 and a further £3,700 creating a buffer zone on the Woodburn. Loughs Agency helped by giving £5,000 in grant aid.

With the poor start to the fishing season so far we can take heart in that we have completed the Woodburn and that we can move on to another tributary. If any angler is interested in seeing this enhancement work or finding out more they can contact any member of the committee.


New nursery area created
New nursery area created

The association intend to concentrate their efforts on the Owenbeg River next. Plans are in place for eight spawning units and seventy five yards of nursery below. This tributary is of major importance to the Roe as many salmon spawn there. Due to the size of this tributary eight units are planned. Permission has been given to carry out the enhancement work by Rivers Agency and also by ASSI. We are waiting for funding from Loughs Agency for this project to commence.