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Old 05-01-2017, 09:35 AM
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Sussex’s native sea trout have returned to Britain’s freshwater rivers and streams since before the last ice age, yet their habitats are being destroyed, writes DAVE BANGS

FOR ME, there is only one native British fish more beautiful than the Atlantic salmon, and that’s the sea trout of the Sussex race.

I should explain that the sea trout is a particular type of our native trout species which leaves its birthplace in our little streams to roam the sea before returning to its natal stream to spawn.

Many of its close relatives choose to stay all their lives at home, however, and they are known as the brown trout or “brownies.”

They tend to be much smaller because their freshwater diet is poorer than a sea-going diet.

Our Sussex sea trout can be as big as salmon and spawn later than other races of their kind.

You find their gravel nests around Christmas time, especially in our chalk streams.

At deepest dusk, if you are lucky, you may see a giant “hen” fish lying in the scrape she has dug, whilst the “cock” fish sidle up to her to mix their milt (sperm) with her roe (eggs).

Their backs emerge from the shallow riffles like surfacing submarines, whilst the water breaks over them.

In their breeding finery they are spotted brightest pink and black and grow to 2.5ft long and over 12lb in weight.

These fish have probably been returning annually to our local rivers from their rich sea feeding waters since long before the end of the ice age some 12,000 years ago.

Their migrations have marked the retreat of glaciers and tundra and the greening of our 30-mile wide Wealden vale to the lush “salad bowl” of trees and meadows that it is today.

Things are not good for these ancient beasts, however, whose numbers may be counted nowadays in the hundreds rather than the teeming thousands of the deep past.

Obstructing weirs have been built along most streams to facilitate farmers’ irrigation and commercial navigation, to make mill ponds, and manage coarse fisheries.
Sewage works and farmers’ pollutions periodically plague the rivers...

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It seems to be beyond the wit of these idiotic, brainless polluters to dig a containment ditch around their potentially hazardous wastes. Even ancient peoples dug ditches around their huts to stop them flooding when it rained.
It should be a legal requirement to have such a ditch or bund around any of these" facilities", they do it around power sub stations to help prevent flooding and they think nothing of spending millions of tax payers money to build flood banks along our rivers(destroying the natural habitat to boot) to prevent their farms and businesses being inundated by flood water.
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Funnily enough only this morning I was on the Sea Trout Forum looking at the Editor's photographs of sea trout leaping at a weir in Sussex this past autumn.

http://seatroutforum.com/content/54-...ut-sussex.html

Which are the Sussex chalk streams please?
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Which are the Sussex chalk streams please?
Three designated chalk rivers – The Ems and Lavant in West Sussex and the Lewes Winterbourne in East Sussex.
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surely 12,000 years ago these rivers were frozen like many more in Britain,but it's nice that they are returning, easker1
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Three designated chalk rivers – The Ems and Lavant in West Sussex and the Lewes Winterbourne in East Sussex.
Thank you, I had not heard of any of those.
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Thank you, I had not heard of any of those.
Neither had I but I am bored and Google is a marvellous tool.
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The guy's knowledge of the relationship between sea trout and brown trout is risible!

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The guy's knowledge of the relationship between sea trout and brown trout is risible!

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For a communist journalist I didn't think he was too far out, I've seen worse.
Close relatives? They are the same fish!

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