Southwest fisheries get a New Year’s boost

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This week, fisheries officers introduced more than 8,000 fish – including tench, bream, crucian, roach and rudd – to a number of fisheries across Cornwall and South Devon. Restocking will improve angling opportunities and help fisheries maintain sustainable and healthy fish stocks.

Fishing clubs across the counties benefiting from the restocking include, for Cornwall – Bude Canal Angling Association, Roche Angling Club in central Cornwall, and further west we support the Threemilestone Angling Club and the Marazion angling Club. And as we wouldn’t want to leave out our Plymouth clubs, we also deliver to Club Brunel, Plymouth and District Angling Club and Devonport Services Angling Association, all in and around the city.

Every year the Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm near Nottingham breeds common fish for release into rivers and calm waters across England to help boost fish populations.

Sally Gallop, Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said:

Cornwall offers a variety of excellent fishing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, from rivers and canals to flat water sites. Sometimes they can benefit from a helping hand by adding excellent quality fish from our national fish farm.

The work of our national fish farm is funded by revenue from fishing rod license fees, which shows how vital it is that anglers obtain the necessary rod license when planning to fish, as all those funds are reinvested in angling and improving fishing and the environment.

Restocking takes place in winter because the water temperatures are lower, which minimizes any stress on the fish during the restocking process, giving them the best possible survival rates.

Restocking is carried out where numbers are low, have been depleted following a pollution incident, or to create new fisheries and opportunities for anglers.

Winter is a good time to introduce fish, as it allows them to acclimate to their new surroundings, before their spawning season which usually begins in the spring and continues until summer for some species. Fish also play a vital role in maintaining a river’s finely balanced ecosystem, so the wider natural environment will also get a festive boost.

You need a rod and line license to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line in England. Get yours at https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licenses

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