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Almost 2 million fish released into England's rivers

Staff writer |
Record-breaking numbers of coarse fish were released into England’s rivers in 2015, the Environment Agency has revealed.

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Last year was the best year ever for the Environment Agency’s specialist fish breeding farm in Nottingham. Experts stocked more than 452,220 fish and 1.3 million larvae into rivers all over the country. They were all bred at the Environment Agency’s Calverton fish farm.

Calverton is the Environment Agency’s principal supply of coarse fish for restocking.

Every year for the last 31 years the farm has produced up to 450,000 fish of nine species for restocking into rivers following pollution incidents or to help restore fish stocks in rivers where numbers are low. All of its work is funded by rod licence income.

Some notable stockings that took place include:

2,800 Barbel across the Great Ouse and 1,000 into the River Nene in Anglian region.

19,000 mixed Chub, Dace, Barbel and Roach across the River Sow and River Tame in the Midlands.

14,500 mixed Chub, Dace, Bream, and Barbel into the Yorkshire Derwent.

7,000 mixed Barbel and Chub into the River Tees in the North East.

9,000 mixed Chub, Dace and Roach into the River Alt in the North West.

28,500 mixed Bream and Rudd into Birchmere Lake in London.

32,700 mixed Chub, Roach, Barbel and Bream across the River Brue and River Sheppey in the South West.

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