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