What are some reasons to feel optimistic about the future of freshwater fishes in Britain?
People are certainly more aware of the problems these habitats and species face: look at the Blue Planet effect with plastics for example, so there is hope but it takes action, not just sharing a post on social media to really make a difference. And it doesn’t have to be big things: use a little less water, reduce your single-use plastic, and eat sustainably caught fish.
What’s your next project?
I’d like to do another book, maybe on the places, people and fish I’ve come across, as well as try to film more marine fish. Some of the European fish like Cozimo barbel, Amur pike and huchen sound like a challenge too.
Perch, River Trent (c) Jack Perks