Agency’s boost for fish stocks in region

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Thousands of young fish have been released into North East rivers, including the River Blyth, to help boost stocks.

Staff at the Environment Agency released more than 40,000 chub, dace, roach, bream, barbel, tench, grayling, crucian carp and rudd during 2017.

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

The work is part of the agency’s on-going plan to develop and restore rivers and fisheries in the region, targeting those which have previously been affected by pollution or where barriers affect fish passage.

Paul Frear, fisheries officer 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.”

“By releasing fish into the rivers, it helps the process of natural recovery and development.”

Fishing is free for children under 16, although those aged between 12 and 16 still need a junior licence. For anyone over 16, a full annual licence costs from just £30.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences

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