Yorkshire Water: The Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

In my day job (when I’m not on maternity leave!) as part of my job role I’m a fishmonger. So anything to do with sustainable fishing, the environmental agency, nature and rivers I find really fascinating. In fact a few years back I studied an environmental studies course with the Open University. This was before I got into blogging.

When I heard that up in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Water board were getting involved in fish pass schemes to help with reserve and improve fish preservation I wanted to help and share the work they are doing. I love Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with so much nature, picturesque views and places to explore.

Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

Fish Pass Scheme Background

Did you know that trout and salmon are genetically programmed to swim as far upstream as possible to breed, often to the exact place they were born? In fact salmon often “jump” back up the river. They follow a familiar scent that leads them back to the location of their birth. This is where the circle of life begins and ends for each species. Reproducing upstream in shallower waters and smaller currents mean the next generation has a greater chance of survival.

So with Yorkshire Water campaigning to build these new fish passes, they are ensuring greater survival of the salmon and fish stocks.

Salmon jumping back upstream - Yorkshire Fish Pass

Fish Pass Scheme Overview

So how are Yorkshire Water going to improve fish preservation? Well they have planned to build three fish passes. The first of the passes will be built at Langsett reservoir, near Stocksbridge and should bring new life to the upper reaches of the Little Don River.

These fish passes will slow the water and create pools for the fish to jump into and rest in as they are working their way up the river.

A further pass will be built at Jordan Dam, on the River Don, close to Blackburn Meadows Nature Reserve. Then in the Autumn the third one will be built on the River Don at Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield.  The aim is to bring salmon stocks back to Sheffield for the first time in more than 200 years.

The ultimate aim is will see a total of 14 new fish passes built across the region between now and 2020.

I love the idea of this scheme, it will help to improve the biodiversity of Yorkshire’s rivers and restore what nature intended. For hundreds of years changes to the rivers and streams, such as building reservoirs or weirs have stopped these fish from migrating. This Fish Pass scheme will help to bring back nature’s balance.


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed this post on the Yorkshire Fish Pass scheme.

You may enjoy my post on creating a wildlife friendly garden.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts.

*In collaboration with Yorkshire Water



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