Press release: Military grade underwater cameras working to end illegal fishing for eels in the Fens

first_img Using boat mounted sonar equipment we can travel up to 10km per day, checking every inch of channel for illegal and submerged equipment. This is our greatest weapon in halting the illegal exploitation of eels and gives us a chance to completely rid waters of illegal instruments. The Environment Agency leads on the enforcement of permits for migratory species like eels, smelt and lamprey. Regular auditing of these fisheries is essential to ensure protection of these iconic and in the case of eel – a critically endangered species; but also to ensure that the activity is regulated and sustainable.With the eel stock in decline and exploitation of the stock being currently unsustainable, the EA work to protect their habitat, improve access for them further upstream and regulate other activities that might impact on each life stage of the species.In the East the fens provide excellent habitat for mature eels. Adult “silver” eels will return to the Sargasso Sea as their final life stage to spawn and much of the enforcement work protects this phase.Anyone fishing for eels should be permitted, be fishing within the conditions of the licence, and nets must include visible and valid tags, as well as being equipped with otter guards too.Any suspected illegal fishing activity should be reported to the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.Anyone wishing to fish for migratory species including eels should visit Permission to trap crayfish, eels, elvers, salmon and sea trout.All anglers need a valid Environment Agency rod licence which can be bought using a credit or debit card by calling the Environment Agency’s telesales line on 0344 800 5386. Alternatively, they can be obtained from any Post Office or visit: Buy a rod fishing licence Fisheries enforcement staff at the Environment Agency have been using innovative underwater sonar technology to help protect an endangered species.The sonar equipment is used to assess fish populations, especially where it’s hard to use classic methods like netting and electric fishing.It is also being used to regulate areas of illegal fishing, including poaching, netting and trapping, as part of the fisheries enforcement work, funded by rod licence money.A recent audit of a river near King’s Lynn resulted in a record illegal eel net seizure; 16 nets in total, capable of significantly impacting an emigrating eel population. The nets were removed, enabling hundreds of eels to be released, and Norfolk police is investigating the case.Kye Jerrom, Environment Agency fisheries specialist in East Anglia, said:last_img read more

It’s Debate Day at Hofstra – Follow the Press for Updates

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Good morning from Hofstra University, the site of the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The Long Island Press will be updating, Tweeting, Facebooking all day as the world awaits one of the most anticipated debates in history. According to several reports, this could be the most watched debate, ever, and rival Super Bowl ratings. And just in case you are thinking about keeping score, the first Obama-Romney debate four years ago drew more than 67 million viewers. Monday evening’s contest of ideas comes as various polls indicate a tight head-to-head race. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday had the two in a “virtual dead heat.” Clinton holds a two-point advantage both in a two-way race and when the two third party candidates—Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein—are included in the poll. In a separate survey conducted by Bloomberg, Clinton and Trump are tied coming into the race. But in that poll, Trump holds a two-point lead when Johnson and Stein are included.Trump has essentially wiped out the significant lead Clinton generated after both nominating conventions this past summer, which highlights just how crucial Monday night’s debate will be for the two candidates. Given how unusual this presidential campaign has been—dating back to the beginning of the primaries—nobody knows quite what to expect, especially from Trump who has made several inflammatory remarks about various religious and ethnic groups. Despite denigrating Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals,” suggesting a US-born judge with Mexican heritage should be disqualified from overseeing a Trump University lawsuit, calling for the complete ban of non-US Muslims from coming into the country, Trump has been undeterred. He has successfully built up a solid core of support, most notably from working-class white Americans.Clinton remains mired in a controversy over her handling of a personal email server while she was U.S. Secretary of State and has been unable to quell concerns that she’s untrustworthy. Clinton recently had to walk back her own controversial comments about half of Trump supporters being “deplorables” for exhibiting misogynistic, racist and sexist views. Clinton later apologized. Both candidates come into the race as the most disliked presidential nominees in history. So, what do you need to know about the debate?The debate from Hofstra University kicks off on 9 p.m. and will be televised live on all major networks, plus cable news networks CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Also, both Facebook and Twitter will be airing the debate live on their platforms. Lester Holt of NBC News will serve as moderator and he too will fall under a microscope to see whether he challenges both candidates for misleading or completely false comments. Moderators don’t typically fact-check candidates on the spot, preferring to let the candidates correct purported mistruths themselves. But after Matt Lauer’s widely ridiculed town hall-style event in which he was accused of being caught flat-footed on some of Trump’s claims, Holt will be scrutinized to see how aggressive he is in addressing any false claims. As security goes, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner last week said this would the most “significant security event” in three decades in the county. Police have closed several major roadways in and around Hofstra. Also more than 1,000 officers from various law enforcement agencies will be on hand to provide security inside the debate area, the campus and the perimeter—where officials have prepared for potential largescale protests. Krumpter said the department has prepared for upwards of 10,000 protesters. Refer to our previous coverage for information regarding prohibited items, road closures, and the debate format. Happy debating, everybody!last_img read more

Kida targets automatic Olympics ticket for D’Tigers

first_imgRelatedPosts China waste treatment plant fined $16m for dumping untreated waste Premier League terminates China broadcast contract Why we borrow — Minister After two successive World Cup losses against Russia and Argentina in China, D’Tigers have now shifted their attention to qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. This was made known by the Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Engr. Musa Kida, ahead of the team’s last game against Korea on Wednesday. Kida said finishing at the World Cup as the highest placed African team is a major catch for the team who are motivated to book an automatic 2020 Olympic Games ticket through the World Cup. To achieve this, Kida has set his eyes on a victory against Korea after D’Tigers bowed out of the contention for a medal finish in China. He said: “Clearly for us, the qualification through the World Cup is still there and if we beat Korea, I am sure we will be coming out as the best performing African country in the World Cup and it will give us an automatic ticket to the 2020 Olympics.” In an exclusive chat with NBBF Media is China, Kida lamented the loss against Russia in a match he described as winnable. He however noted that in the event that the team fails to emerge as the best African team and an automatic World Cup ticket, the NBBF will go back to the drawing board to start preparations in earnest for the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament. He said: “We are still live and on course for the Olympics. Even if that doesn’t happen, we will still go for the Olympic qualifiers.” Meanwhile, current FIBA Afrobasket Women Champions, D’Tigress, will return to Dakar, where they won their fourth title, to start their OQT in November.Tags: 2020 Olympic GamesArgentinAChinaD’TigersMusa KidaNBBFlast_img read more