Fresh hopes from the farm
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