• 26 September 2016
  • Richard Borrell

We're delighted to be able to report that the Environment Agency stocked 6,000 juvenile barbel into our sections of the River Thame on Thursday 22/9/16. The fish were equally divided between Cuddesdon, Chiselhampton & Drayton St.Leonard with 2,000 fish introduced at each location. The stocking was prompted by a recent Committee meeting when we were discussing how to commemorate our upcoming 50th anniversary & the re-stocking of barbel was unanimously approved. We received invaluable support from Dave Wales at the Thame Valley Fisheries Preservation Consultative & Tom Sherwood our local Environment Agency Fisheries Officer - a big "thank you" to both! Going forwards the plan is to establish an adult breeding population by the year 2020 with habitat improvement works in the interim period which will enhance the survival & breeding prospects for the newly stocked fish. The fish were sourced from the EA's Calverton fish farm facility and stocked by the EA free of charge.

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