Fresh hopes from the farm

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THE Sev­ern bar­bel stock­ings were among many that the EA has car­ried out re­cently.

Other stock­ings have taken place in wa­ters in Durham, the Isle of Wight, Here­ford­shire, Suf­folk and Som­er­set, along with many other coun­ties.

In the past four weeks, 143,000 fish, reared for up to 18 months,

6 have been re­leased into 41 still­wa­ters and 30 rivers, with plenty more planned.

Kevin Austin, EA deputy di­rec­tor of fish­eries, said: “The main rea­sons for stock­ing Calver­ton­bred fish and lar­vae are: re­plac­ing stocks lost to pol­lu­tion; af­ter un­der­tak­ing habi­tat or water qual­ity im­prove­ments; im­prov­ing stocks where nat­u­ral re­pro­duc­tion is low; and help­ing to cre­ate fish­eries in ar­eas where there is a short­age of angling op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We en­cour­aged an­glers to en­joy fish­ing through the fes­tive hol­i­days. A fish­ing rod li­cence also makes an ex­cel­lent gift for some­one who doesn’t have one but wants to give it a go.

“The work of the EA’s Na­tional Fish Farm is funded by in­come from li­cence fees, so it’s great to see the fish farm con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce the strong and healthy fish needed for re­stock­ing and re­cov­ery,” he added.

Alan Hen­shaw, Calver­ton team leader said: “The Christ­mas stock­ings have been plen­ti­ful this sea­son, thanks to a lot of hard work and the ex­cep­tional growth of the fish dur­ing the warm sum­mer.

“Stock­ing more than 70 dif­fer­ent wa­ters in a month shows what our busy team can do at this time of year.

“There’s still a lot of work ahead to com­plete the pro­gramme and de­liver more healthy young fish to

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