Thames Comes Back to Life

While the thought of almost one million gallons of sewage spilling into an “ecological success story” might send some of us running for the mountains, the Thames River was declared “biologically dead” in 1957. So the fact that Parliament advisors are eating trout from the Thames is remarkable indeed. “Charles Rangeley-Wilson, fishing author and broadcaster, said: ‘Forty years ago the thought that trout could live in the river would have seemed like an ecological impossibility. ‘But many species are flourishing. It’s cleaner now than it has been for more than 200 years.'” Ellen Widdup in the London Evening Standard.

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  • keith elliott

    Back in the 1970s I hooked (and lost) a sea trout in Battersea Lake, in the heart of london, It had obviously got lost and wnadered through an inlet into the lake. I also fished a competition in the 1960s in the heart of London, where a asuperb silver trophy was offered to the team that caught the most species. I caught four species (the only fish caught by my team!) but though another team also got four, we didn’t win the trophy because theirs included a brown trout. (One of mine was a stickleback.) So Charles RW is wrong. Trout around, but the heart of London is scarcely stalking water for a 3-wt.