Driffield West Beck river gets fish stock boost

Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by The News Editor

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An East Riding river is benefiting from unprecedented Environment Agency fish farm supplies.

Over 67,000 fish have been poured into Driffield West Beck and other Yorkshire rivers and smaller still waters during 2015.

These include the rivers Wharfe, Rother, Dearne and the nature reserve at Walton.

Dace, barbel, roach, chub, grayling and common bream are among the newly introduced stock. Walton’s still waters have been stocked with crucian carp.

Across the country, Environment Agency operatives stocked over 452,220 Nottingham-based Calverton fish farm-developed fish into the rivers. Rod licence proceeds fund this work.

Alan Henshaw, fish farm team leader for Calverton, said: “Growth and production rates of fish that have been grown on the farm for 18 months have been the highest recorded at Calverton.

“Many rivers and lakes throughout England have benefited from these stockings and the quality of the fish is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of the staff.”

West and South Yorkshire fisheries officer Dr. Jerome Masters said: “Rivers across Yorkshire have improved significantly over the past 30 years, and concerted restocking using fish bred at Calverton has accelerated the restoration of natural fish stocks and viable fisheries.”

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Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by The News Editor

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