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FISH STOCKS BOOST FOR NORTH EAST

Fish stocks boost for North East stillwaters

Fish stocks boost for North East stillwaters – More than 11,000 fish – roach, bream, tench, crucian carp and rudd – were released into six stillwaters in the region across County Durham, and Northumberland.

Those receiving a boost in County Durham were Greencoft Pond near Annfield Plain, and Wellfield Lake near Wingate, while in Northumberland fish were released into Hebron Lakes near Morpeth, Dissington Pond near Ponteland, the Environment Agency’s Wydon Water at Hexham and Northumbrian Water’s Whittle Dene reservoir at Harlow Hill.

All the fish were reared at the Environment Agency’s fish farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, using funding from rod licence sales.

The work is part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing plan to develop and restore rivers and fisheries in the region, to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy angling.

Paul Frear, Fisheries Officers for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “Restocking is one of many things we do together with our partners to develop fisheries, including reducing the impact of pollution, improving habitats and removing barriers to fish migration.

“This week we’ve been releasing coarse fish into stillwaters with the help of local angling clubs to help encourage members and those new to angling to get involved in what is a great pastime for people of all ages.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide these young fish as part of our commitment to rod licence paying anglers. Restoration and the creation of new fisheries for all people to enjoy is a very important aspect of our work as is supporting our local day ticket fisheries.”

Don Coe, Leisure Operations Manager at Northumbrian Water, added: “The fish provided by the Environment Agency will both be a major boost to stocks and provide a greater diversity of species for anglers to catch. It’s great to be working in partnership with the Environment Agency and local angling groups to enhance the region’s fishing venues in this way.”

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