Not such fishy goings on
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