Drought dan­gers for na­tive fish

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Aquatic News -

the cur­rent dry, hot weather has been hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on na­tive fish, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in pools and smaller streams.

this was starkly il­lus­trated in Wales re­cently when walk­ers en­joy­ing a stroll near clarach, ceredi­gion, were shocked to see the lo­cal stream al­most en­tirely dried up. the only sur­viv­ing fish were iso­lated to a few rapidly dwin­dling pools, and many dead fish were seen scat­tered along the parched bed – a scene that will doubt­less be re­peated around the coun­try if the drought con­tin­ues. the river clarach and its trib­u­taries are home to a range of fish, in­clud­ing salmon, brown trout, bull­heads and stoneloach.

In Not­ting­hamshire, the canal & river trust sent a res­cue team to move strug­gling fish from the Gran­tham canal in Lady Bay, af­ter the wa­ter dropped to danger­ously low lev­els. the sur­vivors were pulled to safety from less than a foot of wa­ter, but it’s hoped they can be re­turned when lev­els re­turn to nor­mal.

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