Film ID: YFA 5820 Video of YFA_5820 Clegg's People Trout Fishing 1985 CLEGG'S PEOPLE: TROUT FISHING 1985 Visitor TabsDescription This film has presenter Michael Clegg visiting a Yorkshire Fishing Authority fish farm at High Costa Mill, Marton Lane, near Pickering, and joining their teams in their patrol boats aiming to prevent illegal fishing on the River Esk and in the North Sea off the coast of Whitby. The film begins with Michael Clegg at a fishing stockpile farm run by the Yorkshire Fishing Authority in the Vale of Pickering. He explains how trout in particular have been under threat from various hazards. He puts a net into a pool of water full of trout and pulls out a large brown trout. A worker with the Fishing Authority, John Channon, explains the work that they do replenishing stocks of trout, especially brown trout, but also rainbow trout and salmon, as he feeds the fish splashing about in the pools. Clegg then interviews the Fisheries Officer, John Silcock, who explains the threat from pollution, lack of water and angling. Fish are netted in the ponds and put into containers for supply to rivers. The film switches to Clegg joining John Channon and another worker as they go out on a patrol boat along the River Esk looking for nets and other methods of illegally catching salmon. They find one net which they pull in, and they pass one or two potential poachers, as well as get stones rained on them from boys on the banks, having to don hard hats. Clegg then joins another anti-poaching patrol on a motorboat on Whitby harbour at night. Then, in the daytime, they draw up alongside a couple of licensed salmon-fishing boats out at sea and inspect their catch. Clegg is given a mackerel for his supper and they drive off. Cameraman – Brian Wilson Sound Recorder - Kevin Quirk Dubbing Mixer – Alan Bedward Graphics – Trevor Hodgson Production Assistant – Tricia Robertshaw Film Editors – Alwyn Jones, John Lyon Director - Peter Jones Producer - Mark Meysey-Thompson Executive Producer – Graham Ironside Presenter - Michael Clegg Yorkshire Television Context It’s the age old battle with poachers, this time for the noble aim of protecting fish stocks in our rivers rather than game for landowners’ hunting. The constant battle to protect fish stocks on Yorkshire’s principal river for salmon and trout, the Esk, starts at the Yorkshire Fishing Authority’s fish farm near Pickering. Having observed the workings of the hatchery, Michael Clegg joins the daring men of the Yorkshire Fish Authority as they journey along the Esk, and then out on the sea near Whitby on the lookout for rogue fishermen who, whether it is for pleasure, money, or just something for supper, are intent on flouting the regulations. The fish hatchery at High Costa Mill, Marton Lane, near Pickering, was taken over by Northern Trout from the National Rivers Authority in 1995. The site, previously known as Costa Spring Hatchery Ltd., was originally established in 1932 to provide brown trout for rivers in the North of England. The job of regulating angling and maintaining fisheries was passed over from the National Rivers Authority to the Environment Agency when it was established in 1996. Stocks of sea trout and salmon in the River Esk reached a low point in the early 1990s, but thanks to the Esk Tideway Byelaw, passed in 1987, and the Yorkshire Esk’s Salmon Action Plan of 1999, stocks have greatly improved.