Not such fishy go­ings on

Sunday Sun - - Comment&analysis -

FISH ex­perts in the North East have re­leased 8,000 young fish into our rivers and still­wa­ters.

The chub and dace were re­leased by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency into the River Tees at Low Coniscliffe and River Wear at Maiden Cas­tle.

It’s part of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s on­go­ing plan to de­velop and re­store rivers in the re­gion, tar­get­ing those which have been af­fected by pol­lu­tion or where bar­ri­ers af­fect fish pas­sage.

Fish­eries ex­perts will re­lease a to­tal of 30,000 fish over the next two weeks in rivers and Still­wa­ter fish­eries in the north east. As well as the Tees and Wear, fish will be re­leased into the Sk­erne near Dar­ling­ton and the Team at Gateshead.

The fish – chub, dace, roach, bream, tench, rudd and cru­cian carp - were all reared at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s fish farm near Calver­ton, Not­ting­hamshire, us­ing fund­ing from rod li­cence sales.

Ex­perts say the re­gion’s rivers have come back to life be­cause wa­ter qual­ity has im­proved in the last 30 years.

And the Gov­ern­ment says the fish are good for us - be­cause an­gling “is a great way for ev­ery­one to keep healthy and en­joy the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment”. The River Tees

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