Principles

• Following the discovery of a non native invasive shrimp at Grafham Water in 2010 and more recently at Pitsford Water in 2015, Anglian Water, EA and DEFRA require all anglers to abide by the following bio security measures to reduce the risk of non native invasive species transferring to other water bodies.
• The following procedure has been compiled with the aim of compliance whilst minimising inconvenience to water users. It applies to boat and bank anglers at Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Pitsford Water and Ravensthorpe.

What you need to know
• Anglers should make themselves aware of some of the priority non-native species. Adequate signage and guidance is in place at all waters, making all anglers aware of the risk, and providing advice on how to prevent spread.
• Bio security information and guidance is available from all Anglian Water fishery staff.
• In accordance with revised bylaw 24.2 (May 2015) all anglers are required to confirm that they have checked, cleaned and dried all equipment before they are permitted to fish any Anglian Water reservoir.

• BANK FISHING On arrival (either when purchasing a permit from the Fishing Lodge or vendor hut) you must sign in to confirm that your equipment has been checked, cleaned and dried and also that you agree to wash down any equipment that has come into contact with the water. Season ticket holders are permitted to sign in and out via telephone or text once they have completed an agreement of compliance.
• Fishery staff will be able to advise as to the location of wash down points.
• After washing down you must sign out to confirm this has been done. Please sign out either in the Fishing Lodge or with the Ranger (if the Lodge is closed). If you purchased a permit from a vendor hut please sign out in the vendor hut.

• BOAT FISHING
On arrival you must sign in to confirm that you understand that drogues, anchors and nets will be provided in the boats and therefore, where they are supplied*, you are not permitted to bring your own.
*Drogues and nets are provided at Pitsford and Grafham. Only nets are provided at Rutland.

Check, Clean, Dry disinfection procedure for bank anglers
Check - All clothing and equipment should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.
Clean - Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.
Dry - Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

Where DV is present, under no circumstances must wash down be undertaken off site as this would not guarantee prevention of non native species reaching a watercourse where it is not currently present.
For further information or clarification please speak to Anglian Water Recreation Team.