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SHIP CANAL FISH ELECTRONICALLY TAGGED
SOUNDS AT FIRST LIKE a barmy new measure to clamp down on delinquent salmon - electronic tagging has been in the news quite a bit recently in connection with tracking convicted offenders still under sentence - but of course, animals have been tagged for many years as part of research into their movements.
Well now, fifty fish have been kitted out with transmitters so that researchers can monitor where they are - and why. The scheme is run by environmental consultants APEM, with sponsorship from the Environment Agency, and the Mersey Basin Campaign.
When I was down at Salford Quays the other day, I saw, attached to the quayside, a number of newly-installed machines - they looked like air-conditioning units and were churning up quite a froth. The purpose of the machines is to increase oxygen levels in the water, so the fish can survive.
One slightly puzzling thing is that at the moment, when oxygen levels fall during hot weather, the fish don't die. As APEM Managing Director Keith Hendry told MEN reporter Neal Keeling last week, they think that the fish make their way upstream into the Irwell as far as the Adelphi Weir, where oxygen levels never fall below 30%.
Here's a picture of the Irwell not far from Adelphi - looks nice, doesn't it? Let's hope those electronically tagged fish don't get caught by any Irwell anglers!
EYEWITNESS MEETS LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
HE'S AFFABLE, he's from Crumpsall, he's an ex-teacher and he rides a bike to work - it's Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, who is featured in Manchester People. One thing I didn't mention is that the Council Leader is Labour - but in a city like Manchester, that goes without saying, doesn't it? Not necessarily: The LibDems recently took control of Liverpool - But is that going to happen here? Very unlikely! By the way, as you read this, I am in Germany, and perhaps logging on to this page. Back in Manchester on Sunday.