Birmingham fish stocks replenished

By on 01/04/2010 in News, Video News

Hundreds of fish killed by summer storms last year have been replaced with stock from other parts of the city thanks to a partnership between Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency.

Council officers and Environment Agency staff have moved bream, tench and roach from Hill Hook and Bournville Boating Lake to Brookvale Park Pool and the River Tame.

The new stocks will replace fish killed as a consequence of thunder storms last July and the latest transfer is part of a long term strategy to manage fish populations within Birmingham and a number of council owned pools.

Reducing the stocks at Hill Hook and Bournville Boating Lake will also minimise the threat of further fish deaths this year which could be caused by overcrowding.

Biodiversity Officer Dr Stefan Bodnar explained: “Over the last few years we've developed this preventative measure, where we take about one-third of the standing crop of fish from each of the pools we've identified as having a problem with overcrowding.

“This allows us to restock the pools where we've had the fatalities while also reducing the chances of fatalities in the overstocked pools and maintaining the angling stock within the city.

“The fish species we're transporting are the native coarse fish that inhabit our pools and rivers - things like bream, tench and roach. Those are essential for the species of bird in particular that eat fish - things like herons, kingfishers and cormorants.”

He continued: “Of course fish are part of the natural eco-system within these pools and that's equally as important.

“So we do this for a range of reasons: for angling, to prevent fish fatalities and for the wildlife within the city's parks and open spaces.

“We have various responsibilities in terms of biodiversity that say we should manage these areas sympathetically to the wildlife. So it's very much the role of the City Council to proactively do this work with our partner organisations.”

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For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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