A sea trout has been caught by an angler on the River Leven in Teesside. This marks a huge milestone in efforts to bring migratory fish back to the area.
It is believed to be the first rod catch of sea trout on the Leven since the Industrial Revolution. The catch was reported to the Environment Agency by a local angler.
Rod catch data show a rise in salmon and sea trout on the Tees since the early 1990s. It is predicted that the Tees rod catch will meet its catch target of 485 rod caught fish by about early to mid 2020s if it follows the same pattern of recovery as the Tyne and Wear.
The Leven is a tributary of the River Tees, where salmon and sea trout catch data show that migratory fish are returning to the catchment following decades of absence.