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Thousands Of Juvenile Fish Introduced To Dearne

Wednesday December 4 2013




THREE thousand fish have been introduced to the River Dearne, to allay anglers' fears of falling numbers.

The juvenile barbel, a bottom-feeding species of fish, were put in in groups of 600 in sites at Adwick, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Darfield, Cundy Cross and Barugh Bridge.

Anglers had complained to the Environment Agency that the species had been proving more elusive to catch on the river and official tests confirmed this.

The reaction has been to move the fish in now as the weather is cold and the water is better oxygenated.

Fisheries officer Peter Turner said: "We had to make sure there wasn't a population already there.

"What we think is that the barbel in the river have grown old. They do migrate upstream but we will continue to do this once a year for the next six years to ensure we have a good population."

Although they can be found in still waters, barbel are predominantly river dwellers and are popular with fisherman for their fighting prowess once hooked. Adults can reach up to 20lb in weight.

The fish have been supplied by a fish farm in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, and their introduction has been funded by the rod licence money that anglers pay annually.

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Reply Posted by legin on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 16:56
Its ok putting fish in but 2 many people that fish it dont have a licence.

Reply Posted by budgie on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 17:15
I agree with the above but what's the alternative private sections that kills off all the fun of being able to go for a wander up and down and why just barbel ?there's hardly any trout at the milers at darton ,there no pike at the s bend at new lodge the big carp have gone from there gudgeon haven't been seen for ages ah can see what's going on ere get all the big fish lads down by adding barbel and section off and start charging then it will be in ruins

Reply Posted by fran cisco on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 19:37
Your obviously not fishing for the trout right lad, there's still quite a few on the waterfall near the millers, lay by and worry hole I had quite a few out of those spots last year and always put them back in for someone else to enjoy.

Farmer has killed the lay by putting them boulders in .

Has to be said though, I've seen many young uns taking small trout that they should not be taking as they will never get the chance to grow bigger, once they are gone they are gone.
There's still loads of red signal crayfish down there too, there was a bloke down there last year and he had over 100 in a bucket just from the layby alone.

Reply Posted by kirkfish on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 18:12
Keep eastern eueopeans off taking illegal fish will help np end

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 21:39
Build a fishing park were it's jus catch n release

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 21:40
Or one were u av to release if there young uns

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 21:53
Tha stalking mi thee jus do one u moron

Reply Posted by dave wright on Saturday December 7 2013 at 21:06
dont be so tight fisted its wirth a itsense its a good thing

Reply Posted by tanner on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:34
Its about time the only thing is there too small yet and by the time there big enough the eastern european fish thieves will hsve eaten them and left the bones on the bank. It wsnts more baillifs patrolling the banks