Are th­ese small river bar­bel farmed fish?

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I AGREE with Gareth Newton’s sen­ti­ments (Let­ters, Au­gust 23) that it is great to see small bar­bel ap­pear­ing in our rivers but could this be hap­pen­ing as a re­sult of stock­ings as op­posed to breed­ing?

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has been pil­ing thou­sands of young bar­bel into rivers up and down the coun­try in re­cent years and I would guess that most fish of this size that are now be­ing caught are the prod­uct of the EA fish farm at Calver­ton, in Not­ting­hamshire.

I have no doubt that bar­bel are spawn­ing, but the chances of the tiny fry sur­viv­ing in our rivers when they go into flood must rate very low. Craig Har­ris, Wey­bridge

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