Plenty more fish in…Chard and Glastonbury!
The Environment Agency has restocked waters near Chard and Glastonbury after a harsh summer for fish. In particular a large number of fish died in the River Brue during the summer. This was due to high temperatures and prolonged dry weather lead to drought conditions and low flows.
Chard reservoir was not badly hit, but the local angling group* asked for coarse fish there to be restocked. Although the reservoir is managed by South Somerset District Council, the EA provide the fish. The reservoir has now been restocked with over 2,000 tench and roach. Liam Timothy, Environment Agency Fisheries Officer, told us: “Somerset boasts many angling clubs which is evidence there is a healthy amount of fish in the county’s waterways. But occasionally a helping hand is needed to restore the natural balance in the wake of an incident or decline.“
Over at the River Brue near Glastonbury, fisheries officers from the EA have also been hard at work. Over 1,800 fish including chub, roach, dace and bream have been introduced to the river. The EA felt that the work could be carried out now that river levels have returned to normal. Following a rainy autumn water flows in the river are plentiful for the new arrivals.
In both cases the fish are supplied from the EA’s Calverton Fish Farm near Nottingham. The farm breeds coarse fish for release into rivers and still waters across England to help boost fish populations. The work of the fish farm is funded by income from licence fees.
*Chard and District Angling Club