be struck between the fish farm and fish owners on a restocking of the river with appropriate certification under the current law.
I would assume that the roach in the pond would have spawned over the years, so potentially there may be smaller specimens, too. These could all be removed and restocked appropriately.
As for the Avon Roach Project, it is without doubt a superb initiative, possibly one that could be rolled out across the UK. Rather than reinvent the wheel, draw from the experiences of the Avon Project, talk to those involved and set up a similar initiative with help from universities, the EA, conservation bodies, angling clubs/Angling Trust.
Use the ARP as a model, adopt its format and principles, and that way you take a shortcut to what has worked and is working.
In broad terms, whatever has turned the project into a success will work equally in John’s area, but it fasttracks, to ensure that their lessons learned to overcome obstacles are applied, which should cut down the time taken to get the project up and running in John’s area. Barrie, via email.