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River Thet in Norfolk receives stocking boost as 15,000 fish released to support environment and anglers



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Some 15,000 fish have been released into a Norfolk river as part of a restocking programme.

The fish, which consist of 5,000 chub, 5,000 dace and 5,000 roach have been added to the River Thet in Norfolk by the Environment Agency.

In total, Rivers and fisheries in Norfolk and Bedfordshire have been boosted by17,400 fish, which have been released as part of a yearly restocking programme.

Fish have been released into the River Thet. Picture by Environment Agency
Fish have been released into the River Thet. Picture by Environment Agency

The one to two-year-old fish have been bred at the Environment Agency Calverton fish farm, before being transported to their new homes.

The restocking comes as part of a recovery plan following a pollution incident 2018.

Some 1,412 barbel have been placed nto the River Ivel at Biggleswade Mill and Blunham gauging weir.

The release is part of a restocking programme.
The release is part of a restocking programme.

Twelve of these barbel were given blue dye marks on their stomach, so the agencycan identify some of the fish that have been stocked to evaluate how successful the stocking has been.

Anglers are encouraged to take a picture of these marked fish, weigh them, and get in touch.

1,000 crucian carp were distributed between 2 fisheries in Norfolk and Buckinghamshire.

Kye Jerrom, a fisheries specialist, said: "The purpose of fish stocking is to enhance and develop our rivers.

"Our aim is to create a river that can manage natural predators and support angling.

"Every penny made from fishing licence income is spent on making improvements to rivers to benefit anglers. "