Thursday, 13 March 2014

NEW FISH STOCKS RELEASED IN EREWASH CANAL

Thousands of fish have been moved from Caen Hill lock flights on the Kennet & Avon Canal to a stretch of the Erewash Canal. The restocking follows a previous exercise last year and is part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Erewash Canal following the pollution incident caused by the Stanton Ironworks fire in September 2012. The fish mainly roach, perch and bream were temporarily stunned with a low electric pulse before being carefully netted and transported by vehicles with specially oxygenated water tanks.

Canal and River Trust ecologist, Oda Dijksterhuis, explains: “Species like roach and perch are already in good numbers on the Kennet & Avon Canal and this activity will not only help restore the fish population on the Erewash Canal but will also help to maintain biodiversity at Caen Hill.”

Over 10 lbs of small tench and over 400 lbs of small bream, most fish in the 6 oz. to 12 oz. size range, all in pristine condition were released into the water along the Tamworth Road stretch on Friday 28th February.

David Kent Secretary of Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society, who’s members helped with the relocation said: "The introduction of these fish is another important step in the restoration of stocks in this lower section of the Erewash Canal to pre-pollution levels."