Ap­proach the Agency,

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

HAV­ING read John Bai­ley’s ar­ti­cle on his roach dilemma, I would con­sider the fol­low­ing…

Ini­tially, speak to the lo­cal EA fish­eries team re­gard­ing the roach, con­firm­ing your un­der­stand­ing that they orig­i­nally came from the river and were in­tro­duced into the pond where they have been fed and sub­se­quently ma­tured.

You may get some ques­tions about who trans­ferred the fish orig­i­nally, which may be dif­fi­cult to an­swer, as that could lead to an his­toric pros­e­cu­tion if ad­e­quate

Some read­ers would like to see the Avon Roach Project rolled out na­tion­wide, to help re­vive river stocks of the species. ev­i­dence was avail­able, and if a te­na­cious EA officer had time to un­ravel the mys­tery.

It may be dif­fi­cult to claim no knowl­edge of who put them in there, given that they have been fed reg­u­larly.

If the above is too dif­fi­cult to man­age, you could merely speak to the EA and ex­plain that these roach need to be re­lo­cated (prefer­ably into the river, to help fu­ture fish stocks). Maybe they could elec­tro-net the pond, re­move fish stocks to a suit­able hold­ing pond, where they could be tested to en­sure that they are free from dis­ease/ par­a­sites that could harm the rivers stocks/ecol­ogy, prior to re­stock­ing.

If the pond were to suf­fer low oxy­gen or a sim­i­lar catas­tro­phe, where a fish res­cue was re­quired, the EA would be the or­gan­i­sa­tion that would save the fish, po­ten­tially, so you are merely ask­ing for help with­out the need of an emer­gency fish res­cue.

I think it might be dif­fi­cult to trans­fer the fish with­out some pro­fes­sional help.

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity that a fish farm may be able to help in net­ting and re­moval of fish to a suit­able hold­ing pond un­til the fish are cer­ti­fied healthy. A deal could then

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