Thousands of fish released into River Thet near Thetford
Thousands of freshwater fish have been released into the River Thet near Thetford .
The Environment Agency released 10,000 young dace reared at the organisation's Calverton fish farm.
They were part of a large batch which spawned successfully thanks to a heatwave and the sheer number of fish hatched meant space was at a premium.
As a result, the dace were released into the river six months earlier than usual at 18 months old.
Kye Jerrom, Environment Agency fisheries specialist in East Anglia, said: "Restocking our rivers helps boost fish populations, support a healthy ecology, and benefits anglers – and it’s a key feature of the work we do to benefit people and the environment.
"This work is part of a whole programme of fish-restocking, which will see thousands of dace, roach and chub put back into the river to compensate for the fish lost to a pollution in 2018."
Further restocking of dace, roach and chub is planned for the winter.
The restocking is part of a recovery plan following a pollution incident in Brackley, Northamptonshire, in 2018, during which thousands of fish died.
Since the incident, the Environment Agency has released more than 30,000 fish back into the river.