The vendace (pictured) is now Britain's rarest fish and was only ever known as a native species at four sites: three in England and one in Scotland. The declining populations are thought to be due to introduced species that have used the native vendace as a food source and also due to pollution. It is one of three species of whitefish in the UK. More information here.
The Independent reports that fish from the Lake District will be moved to cooler waters in Scotland under radical plans - which will be unveiled this week - aimed at coping with climate change.
The first of seven of more than 100 reports by government agencies and utility companies will set out how Britain needs to change to cope with hotter summers and wetter winters. Officials say the studies are needed because levels of carbon emissions mean climate change over the next four decades is unavoidable.
The dangers to wildlife have triggered the most extreme solutions: the Environment Agency is poised to catch and transfer thousands of vendace and schelly, both freshwater white fish, from the lakes of Cumbria to Scottish lochs.
Scientists warn higher temperatures and lower rainfall in summer will lead to lower river flows and rising water temperatures. As a result oxygen levels will fall. "We may also need to reintroduce species to re-colonise stretches where fish have died."
The decline in eels in the past 30 years is also, in part, due to climate change. The Environment Agency doesn't mention the size of the 'part'. The devil will be in the detail of their report I trust.
Other climate change adaptation reports which will be released this week include those by National Grid, covering gas and electricity, the Trinity Lighthouse Authority, the Highways Agency, Network Rail and Natural England. The DoE, Food and Rural Affairs says: 'the reports are the first step in preparing a nationwide plan in two years' time.' I read that as 'the reports are the first step in hiking up domestic taxes'.
Malcolm Fergusson, the agency's head of climate change, said: "Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. We are beginning to feel the effects in the UK. It's important we understand how this changing climate will affect our lives and the environment.
"The Environment Agency is at the forefront of the fight against climate change, through our work as greenhouse gas emissions regulator and our lead roles on managing flood risk and water resources. But we are also on the front line, helping communities and organisations to be ready to face the consequences of more extreme weather."There's no turning back now. The UK government is hell-bent on draining each and every one of us of every penny. If you think the increase in fuel prices is excessive remember that is only the beginning. There's worse to come. Far worse.