07807276. Non-members can purchase previous copies from the Membership Secretary. One of the primary reasons for this is that catfish thrive on good summer temperatures coupled with an abundance of food and low levels of commercial fishing. The mighty River Po drains much of northern Italy and has a thriving population of huge catfish that have been caught to well over 100 Kg. The Wels catfish is Europe's largest freshwater fish and is not indigenous to the UK. At the time of writing there are over 500 licenced catfish waters in the UK, out of which only a handful of waters are known to have become dominated by cats and these tend to be commercial waters. In mainland Europe some study has taken place but this is mainly around the impact on the Ebro system which is obviously not a fair comparison to the situation in the UK. We are not the first fishery to do this and it’s hoped that other fisheries can provide data in order for it provide useful information on ideal conditions for maximum catfish growth in the UK. English. Its slimy body is … datasets have provided data to the NBN Atlas for this species.. Browse the list of datasets and find organisations you can join if you are interested in participating in a survey for … Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water, We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. You should hopefully find the catfish of your choice by clicking on the images below which will take you to an index of the family and a short information sheet underneath. The catfish (Silurus glanis) is the largest freshwater fish within the UK and probably also within Europe. Join Us Today . Marsworth Reservoir, near Tring has a small population of catfish which were introduced legally by the Rothschild family who controlled the sporting rights on the Tring Reservoir complex for many years. You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year, If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch, Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity, 100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water, Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work. Fishing for wels catfish, types of gear and methods for catching wels catfish, fishing charters for wels catfish. Catfish-Pro have just introduced a very useful piece of kit called a Glide Mat, this can help with returning cats as well as offering extra protection on rough ground. It is Europe's largest Catfish species. The British Record (Rod Caught) Fish Committee (BRFC) is the organisation which is responsible for verifying British record freshwater, saltwater and game fish which have been caught by fair rod and line angling methods in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. Images are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Catfish are a positive help in fisheries in control of sick/dead fish and have the advantage of preying on crayfish, so in waters plagued by crayfish catfish can help keep them under control. They have no natural predators in Britain, can grow up to eight feet long and feed on fish, small mammals and waterfowl. European Catfish or Wels, Silurus glanis Catfish were introduced to British waters in the 1870's and 1880's from Germany. Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive? The wels catfish was first successfully introduced into the UK over 130 years ago by the Duke of Bedford who stocked 70 of them into his now famous lakes at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.