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  1. Default River Colne fish stocking aims to return river to former glory

    The River Colne in West Yorkshire will be stocked with 5,000 grayling today (Friday 10th June) as part of efforts to return it to one of the best grayling rivers in the country.

    Fish stocks in the River Colne were hit last year following a pollution incident, which damaged fish populations.

    To help with the recovery of the river, fisheries officers at the Environment Agency will be stocking it with grayling to increase numbers of the species. They will be doing this at locations from below Marsden down to Milnsbridge.

    Peter Mischenko, fisheries technical officer at the Environment Agency said: “Grayling are a really important species, with anglers coming as far as Holland to fish for them in the River Colne. This stocking should help to boost numbers of this species in the river as part of an exercise that was started last year after the incident.”

    The young grayling are nearly four months old and have been bred and grown at the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton in Nottinghamshire.

    The eggs come from adults caught from North Yorkshire’s River Nidd back in March, and the young fish, known as fry, have been grown in a specially designed system that ensures they can thrive in the River Colne.

    The fry will continue to grow in the river and some of them will begin to spawn themselves in the spring of 2013. It is hoped that by stocking these young fish over the next few years, the population of grayling in the river will return to healthy numbers.

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    Calverton Fish Farm is a major source of river coarse fish in the UK, producing chub, barbel, dace, roach, bream, tench, rudd, crucian carp and grayling. All of the fish produced at the site are used by the Environment Agency to replace stocks lost during fish kills and in the development of new fisheries throughout the length and breadth of the country.

    The work at Calverton is funded by anglers purchasing fishing licences so, as well as contributing to the environmental benefits, anglers buying a rod licence will be improving the sport for future generations.

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    Bradford, West Yorkshire

    Default Re: River Colne fish stocking aims to return river to former glory

    I remember fishing the Colne some years back where I caught my PB 3lb roach and many other specimen size fish such as a 9lb+ barbel and plenty of tench over 6.5lb etc. Sadly the pollution from the fire (millions of gallons of water dowsing) at a Bradford chemical firm; Allied Colloids put paid to that... wiping out all life forms in the river for the best part of 30 miles!

    Fire at Allied Colloids Limited, Low Moor

    Good to see something positive happening for a change, it has been a long road to recovery. Mind you the banks are all overgrown and in poor condition on most beats and inaccessible due to the lack of foot fall over the years.

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    I live in Marsden and this is superb news, we had a fire at a local chemical works last year and the river was contaminated by the water they used to fight it mixed with the pesticides they were producing, resulting in quite a serious fish kill which luckily has not turned out as bad as we first feared. Well done to the EA for this though, this river and the Calder which it flows into are some of the best kept secrets I know.

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