The Environment Agency has released more than 8,000 young fish into North East rivers to give stocks a boost.The trout – bred at Kielder Salmon Centre in Northumberland – were released into the tributaries of the River Tyne.There were 4,000 released into the River Ouseburn at Woolsington and Brunton Park, and 4,000 into the River Team near Kibblesworth and Beamish.The fish were released to the two recovering river system to support wider restoration projects and encourage natural recovery of fish stocks in the future.Niall Cook, Fisheries Technical Officer at the Environment Agency in the north east said: Fishing is free for children under 16, although those aged between 13 and 16 still need a junior licence. For anyone over 16, a full annual licence costs from just £30, with some short term and concessionary licences also available. You can buy your fishing licence online It’s hoped by giving the two rivers a boost it will help aid their natural recovery. Restocking is just one of the many things we do together with our partners to develop fisheries, including reducing the impact of any industrial legacy and pollution incidents. But we’re also working hard to improve habitats and remove barriers to fish migration which make it difficult for fish to reach their natural spawning grounds. Water quality is the best it’s been for decades and targeted and appropriate restocking has helped the restoration of natural fish stocks and viable fisheries. In fact returning salmon have already been seen in the lower reaches of the River Team recently, which is great news. Fish releasesEach year Environment Agency staff release thousands of salmon and trout from Kielder Salmon Centre into the River Tyne and its tributaries. The centre breeds 360,000 salmon and between 10,000 and 20,000 trout every year to compensate for the construction of Kielder Reservoir and ensure the River Tyne and its tributaries continue to flourish.In addition, last year they released 40,000 fish including chub, dace, roach, bream, barbel, tench, grayling, crucian carp and rudd into rivers across the North East which were reared at the Environment Agency’s fish farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, using funding from rod licence sales.The Environment Agency releases fish into our waterways annually. Fisheries officers target fish stocking activity using data from national fish surveys to identify where there are problems with poor breeding and survival.Angling is a great way to keep healthy and enjoy the natural environment. All rod licence income is used to fund work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries.
Prize money totalling US$100,000 will be up for grabs at the 50th Jamaica Open Golf Championship which tees off with a pro-am event at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay, St James, next Wednesday.The pro-am event will give local amateurs the benefit of playing with professional golfers ahead of the main tournament, a 54-hole stroke-play event set to get under way next Thursday.Among the top golfers who will be seeking the US19,000 top prize is Jamaica-born Johnny Bloomfield, a three-time winner. Other top contenders will include Americans Tom Gillis and Gene Jones. Gillis has played in several PGA and Nationwide Tours, winning his first title at the 2009 Nationwide Tour Players Cup.Jones, who became a professional way back in 1975 currently plays on the Champions Tour, which he joined after reaching age 50 in 2007.Three other Jamaicans – Wesley Brown, Al Robinson and Peter Horrobin – will be hunting a share of the main prize. Brown, who began playing as youngster at Runaway Bay and later at Sandals Golf and Country Club, has had some success on the Florida circuit.GOOD SHOWPeter Chin, the Jamaica Golf Association president, expects a good show from the Jamaicans and the rest of the golfers.”We expect exciting golf. We have a very good field of professionals and amateurs and we expect some high-level golf,” he underlined in an interview at yesterday’s media launch held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Chin called hosting this year’s event “tremendous for the golfing community”.The Jamaica Open Championship is returning after a four-year break and tournament director David Mais said: “This is the rebirth of the event.” He added that getting corporate sponsorship has been one of the main challenges.Event sponsors are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, with support from the Sports Development Foundation, Supreme Ventures, TVJ, Half Moon, NCB Capital Markets Limited, Spanish Court Hotel, Pure National Ice and Juici Montego Bay.Director of Golf at Half Moon Spencer Edwards said his organisation is proud to partner with the Jamaica Golf Association for the 50th staging.”The Jamaica Open is an opportunity to put Jamaica on the map,” Edwards outlined.
Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday sentenced a Kitty, Georgetown resident to three years’ imprisonment and fined him $30,000 after he admitted to a charge of cannabis possession.Navindra Harichorin of Lot 7B Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was charged jointly with Martin Ishmael of Foulis, East Coast Demerara. Harichorin admitted to the offence while Ishmael denied the charges when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The charge stated that on March 20, 2019, at a house located in Kitty, Georgetown, they had in their possession 140.13 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Prosecutor Sanj Singh revealed that the narcotics were found in a bedroom concealed in a drawer in the presence of both defendants.According to the prosecutor, both men were taken into custody where Harichorin gave a caution statement and admitted to the offence. He admitted that the cannabis belonged to him and that he usually sells it as his means of income.“Officer, the weed is my own. I buy it to sell so I could buy food to eat because I looking fuh wuk but I ain’t finding nun,” he admitted in his statement the court was told. On Friday, Harichorin was jailed for three years and fined $30,000 by Magistrate Daly.Ismael, on the other hand, was refused bail after Prosecutor Singh objected to bail being granted, citing the fact that no special reasons were given. That case will continue on April 26, 2019.