River Ivel among waterways to see a boost to fish stocks

A barbel caught by an angler
A barbel caught by an angler

The River Ivel is among a number of waterways to benefit from a boost to fish stocks.

Fisheries experts are giving a boost to fish stocks in Bedfordshire waters as part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing plans to develop and restore rivers and lakes.

Fisheries teams stocked 2,600 barbel at several locations on Tuesday, December 8.

At the River Ivel near Biggleswade and Blunham, 800 young fish were stocked, and a further 1,800 have been released in the Upper Ouse.

Environment Agency fisheries teams have been working to improve river habitats for fish and other wildlife, with particular attention to spawning beds, water quality and improved fish passage.

Alex Malcolm, fisheries officer at the Environment Agency, said: “We are pleased that we can provide these fish for stocking as part of our commitment to rod licence paying anglers. Restoration and the creation of new fisheries for all people to enjoy is a very important aspect to our work.”

The agency releases fish into our waterways every year and officers target fish stocking activity using data from national fish surveys to identify where there are problems with poor breeding and survival.

The fish all come from the agency’s fish farm in Nottinghamshire, where between 350,000 and 500,000 fish are produced to stock rivers across the country each year. The young fish are reared for just over a year in a purpose-built facility to ensure they’re super fit and healthy when they’re stocked. The fish farm is funded by anglers rod licence fees.

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