Norfolk Broads anglers concern over toxic algae threat

Anglers are up in arms this week as the threat of a massive fish kill has once again been raised at one of the Norfolk Broads’ most famous venues.

News that the Broads Authority is to carry out a large-scale dredging operation on Heigham Sound has been met with huge opposition from anglers concerned the work could lead to an outbreak of the toxic algae Prymnesium parvum, resulting in a fish kill of the like seen on the region’s Thurne system in 1969.

Headed by pike anglers, many of whom are threatening to blockade the entrance to the Sound with a flotilla of boats, opposition to the authority’s plans has been fuelled by the timing of the work, which will see the broad’s silt disturbed throughout the hotter summer months ¬ the most likely time for a Prymnesium bloom to occur.

“The dredging is being done for the wrong reasons and at the wrong time,” said John Currie, of the Pike Anglers’ Club.

Rob Rogers, Head of Construction and Facilities at the Broads Authority, said: “We would stop dredging before there is a bloom. We will schedule a meeting with local anglers in the near future when we will try to alleviate their concerns.”