Like a fish out of water

Lathkill Dale fish rescue, Joel Rawlinson and Alex Lumsden putting trout into the transport tank
Lathkill Dale fish rescue, Joel Rawlinson and Alex Lumsden putting trout into the transport tank

AN operation to rescue hundreds of fish from the River Lathkill was carried out on Friday.

A 3km stretch of the river regularly dries up in the summer so fish are moved further downstream.

The rescue operation saw electric fishing equipment used to stun the fish, which are then caught and put into a tank of water with oxygen before being relocated.

Simon Ward, Fisheries Team Leader, said: “Because of the low rainfall over the past few months this year’s rescue is about one month earlier than usual.

“We are concerned that the continuing dry weather may affect more wildlife, including fish and plant life in and around rivers and lakes. We are monitoring the situation closely and, like today, will act quickly to alleviate such problems if they occur.”

The Environment Agency is asking those enjoying the environment to keep a look out for problems such as fish gasping for air and to report any concerns to the incident hotline 0800 807060 (freephone, 24 hour service).