An important aspect of the work of GFT is the provision of expertise and advice on a wide variety of fishery related topics. This includes planning applications, forestry design plans and Environmental Statements and Impact Assessments. GFT may charge for providing these services.
The GFT also provides focused fishery advice. The GFT aims to encourage the sustainable development of freshwater fishing (stillwater and running) across the region.
The creation of new fisheries through either constructing new ponds or opening up inaccessible areas has taken place at a number of locations. GFT is able to assist in the design of new ponds, suitable fish species for introduction and help with the necessary licence applications.
Addressing problems on established fisheries is also undertaken. Key problems where best practice guidance is provided includes control of problem aquatic plants, reducing predation problems and management of bank sides to allow fishing whilst protecting their biodiversity value.
Advice is also provided to ensure fisheries are run in a sustainable manner for the long term. This may include limiting angling pressure / fishing methods or promoting catch and release. GFT play an important role providing expert advice to companies when planning and completing construction works in or close to water courses.
As December is right around the corner, I am sad to say that my internship here at GFT is nearly over. However, I am grateful for my experiences at the trust and there is still plenty for me to get up to before it does come to a close.