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17,000 more fish released into
Lincolnshire’s River Witham
Environment Agency teams have
restocked a total of 91,000 so far to
help the river recover after a devastating pollution last year.
Another 17,000 fish have been reintroduced into Lincolnshire’s River
Witham by Environment Agency
teams as part of ongoing efforts to
help the river recover from last year’s
devastating pollution. It brings the
grand total of fish restocked into the
river to 91,000 so far, plus
around 1.5 million larvae.
The restocking will help
restore the river to its natural, healthy
state after a serious pollution in
March 2018 when ammonia badly
affected the river and its ecosystems
from Bardney to the Wash. More than
100,000 fish were killed in what’s
thought to be the worst river pollution
ever recorded in the county.
The last round of restocking took
place in May, when 34,000 roach and
bream were placed back into the
river. All the fish were bred at
the Environment Agency’s
national coarse fish farm in
Calverton, Nottinghamshire
before being transported and
released into the river by fisheries officers.
Darren Randall, fisheries
officer at the Environment Agency,
said: “Last year’s pollution had a devastating impact on the Witham and
its wildlife, but we’re doing all we can
to help return it to its former glory. A
river can take years or even decades
to recover from such a serious pollution, but reintroducing these fish will
help restore its complex ecosystems
and natural balance. It’s just one way
we’re working to protect and improve
the environment, for people and
Strong, healthy fish and larvae from
Calverton play an important role in
the work of the Environment Agency
to restore sustainable fisheries; they
replace stocks lost to pollution,
improve stocks where natural reproduction is low, and help create fisheries in areas where there is a shortage of angling opportunities. All the
fish farm’s work is funded by income
from fishing licence fees – you can
find out more about fishing licences,
i n c l u d i n g h o w t o b u y o n e, o n
Anyone who suspects a pollution
incident is urged to report it to the
Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. n
Register now for Fisheries Enforcement
Workshops in your region
The Angling Trust’s popular Fisheries
Enforcement Workshops are again
being held in all six English regions
this autumn. These extensive days
represent essential training by policing and enforcement professionals
and benefit all anglers interested in
protecting fish and fisheries. Organised by the Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS), the
workshops are free to attend. Both
the FESS and the workshops are
funded by freshwater fishing licence
money as part of the National Angling
Strategic Services Contract with the
Environment Agency.
In this short video, National
Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar
MBE explains why these workshops
are so important: “All anglers should
really attend these in my view
because we should all know what to
do if witnessing an offence.
Everyone has a part to play
in protecting fish and fisheries and fighting back
against fisheries crime.
Every year though, we have
a few people who register
attendance but fail to
attend and do not let us
know. This prevents someone else benefiting from the
day. Registering but failing
to attend without a reasonable excuse is also wasting
precious fishing licence
money. So please, come
along and enjoy these unique days,
and if you are unable to attend, just let
us know – it’s that simple.”
Last year’s workshops received
exclusively positive feedback and
included this testimony from a club
bailiff in the South West: “I would like
to tell you how interesting I found the
Fisheries Enforcement Workshop – I
have learned so much from it. I mainly
wish to thank your Building Bridges
team and commend the presentation
from your Project Officer. As a result,
my attitude towards migrant anglers
from eastern Europe has changed
Places for this year’s Fisheries
Enforcement Workshops must be
booked in advance:
• 21/09/19: North East (Thirsk)
• 29/09/19: North West (Warrington)
• 05/10/19: South East (Pulborough)
• 12/10/19: South West (Emersons
• 19/10/19: Midlands (Loughborough)
• 26/10/19: Eastern (Spalding). n


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