A variety of different nets were deployed at Newburn, in the Tyne estuary, and among numbers of young salmon, sea trout and dace, eight smelt were caught.
Phil Rippon, Environment Agency fisheries technical specialist, said: "We were delighted to record eight specimen smelt in the survey nets.
During 1996-2006 smelt was sampled annually in two distinct periods.
The spawning period of smelt was specified visually according to the stage of gonad maturity and considered to have ended when 90% of the females had spawned.
As recently as 1999, fishery biologists were lamenting a smelt meltdown.
For smelt are a key part of the Columbia River and North Pacific food chain.
The interaction between boron compounds and potassium and chlorine also needs further study to establish more generally the expected changes in the smelt
and superheater deposit melting properties.
On-line electrical conductivity measurements of the smelt layer adjacent to the floor tubing showed sudden drops in the resistivity, indicating the beginning of the molten phase.
The composition of the smelt bed close to the floor tubes differs considerably from the average composition of the smelt bed because sulfur, chlorine, and potassium become enriched in the layer closest to the floor tubes.
At its April 2 meeting in Sacramento, the Commission will reconsider the petition to list the Delta smelt as a threatened species "based on current information.
The Delta smelt is a small fish, two to three inches long, living only in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the lower Sacramento River.
The threat facing the delta smelt could be a threat that impacts the entire health of the ecosystem.
The Delta Smelt Action Plan will serve a purpose that reaches far beyond protecting pelagic fish," said DFG Director Ryan Broddrick.
Consequently, if you order a dish like the smelts, or a plate of taramasalata ($4.
Recommended items: Broiled thresher shark, chicken souvlaki, deep-fried cod and shrimp with fries, fried smelts in season with skordalia (garlic sauce), premises-baked baklava.