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PostSubject: EA November River Stocking   Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:22 pm

Fisheries Officers stocked rivers and lakes in West Thames with over 5000 young fish from Environment Agency's Calverton Fish Farm. Barbel, chub, dace were transferred to the Thames, Cherwell, Wey, Loddon and Chalvey Ditch and tench to lakes in Surrey and Berkshire.

The operations were carried out in collaboration with angling clubs and fishery owners. In some cases the stockings were part of post pollution recovery plans such as the Chalvey Ditch near Slough in others, such as the at Arborfield Mill, part of river restoration scheme. The fish were marked using Alcian Blue, a harmless dye. Fisheries Officer Dominic Martyn said 'This will enable us to monitor their growth and movement at the recently completed fish pass and spawning channel on the River Loddon'

Photos show stocking of 250 one year old barbel at Arborfield Mill. Assisted by members of Arborleigh Angling Club.

Barbel with blue dye mark



One of the one year old Barbel stocked



A netfull of the young Barbel



The channel of the Loddon where the Barbel were stocked



Fisheries Officer Dominic Martyn and John Drisse of Arborleigh Angling Society gently transfer the Barbel to the Loddon


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PostSubject: EA November River Stoking   Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:56 pm

I,m not knocking this, i never would knock restocking, but do the EA have any figures regarding survival rates?,
letting them go this young looks like an invitation to dinner for the predators, (fish and bird)
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PostSubject: Re: EA November River Stocking   Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:44 am

Hi James, never seen figures and I don't know that river in the pics but the Hogsmill and Beverley Brook stockings seem to do very well.

Hardly any perch or pike, few eels, no otters, never seen cormorants....other than kingfishers they're free to grow with little predation in those 2 rivers.

EA Fisheries told us they stock them in the small tribs precisely because they'd be pike and perch food if tipped straight in the Thames and they can always swim down when older and bigger.
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PostSubject: EA November River Stoking   Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:10 am

Good point Steve,
i think they sit in them tribs until they weigh 5lbs, you never see tiddly Barbel on the Thames
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PostSubject: Re: EA November River Stocking   Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:40 pm

James Annear wrote:
Good point Steve,
i think they sit in them tribs until they weigh 5lbs, you never see tiddly Barbel on the Thames
not quite true, i've had a barbel of about a pound on the thames. not sure how old a 1lber is but as you say very unusual to catch a juvenile, i'm sure they are in the main river but probably be impossible to find them. have also had a ghost carp of around 1lb from the thames at staines which was pretty surprising! always good to catch mini versions of the bigger species as it gives a bit of confidence for future years.
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