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Danson Lake fish stocks replenished

PUBLISHED: 13:28 17 December 2012

Dave Bartlett (left) and Peter Gray of the Environment Agency net some of the fish as they prepare to transfer them to Danson Lake

Dave Bartlett (left) and Peter Gray of the Environment Agency net some of the fish as they prepare to transfer them to Danson Lake

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A staggering 6,000 fish, provided by the Environment Agency, have been added to Danson Lake in Bexleyheath.

It follows a significant fall in fish stocks in the lake following the deaths of roach and carp earlier this year.

The council believe a virus, which only affected carp in the lake, was introduced to the water through unwanted pet fish being released there.

The new fish all come from the agency’s fish farm in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, where between 350,000 and 500,000 fish are produced to stock rivers across the country each year.

The agency’s Chris Hazelton said: “It is great that we are able to carry out the restocking work at Danson Park.

“The fish farm at Calverton is a great resource to be able to call upon, and the rivers and local environment will really benefit from this input. It is great news for anglers across the South East, as work like this should ensure a wider variety of healthy adult fish in the future.”

It is illegal to abandon unwanted fish into the lake or any of the borough’s other public waterways.

Cllr Gareth Bacon said: “Releasing unwanted fish into the borough’s lakes, ponds and waterways is illegal and carries a high risk of introducing diseases which can be devastating for the existing native fish population.

“I urge people to take on board what happened at Danson Lake earlier this year and alert the Environment Agency immediately should they see this kind of activity taking place.”

To contact the agency call 0800 807060 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.


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