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River Rescue Protects Flailing Fish
Author: Ben Ashmore
Date published: 23-Jul-2008
The fish that habitat the River Lathkill, Derbyshire are the lucky residents of one of the most beautiful and popular areas of the Peak District National Park. However, underneath this untouched landscape lies a hidden danger that every summer threatens to leave the fish who live in one area of the Lathkill without a home and in danger of death.
Underneath the Over Haddon area of the Lathkill lies dormant mines which were once the site of lead mining in the nineteenth century. During the summer months the lack of rainfall means that water seeps through the river base and into underground mines. The fish that are spawned in this area become trapped and can suffocate as the river sinks below the bed.
Thankfully, the Environment Agency Fisheries team are at the rescue to save the fish. Every year the team take to the River Lathkill and safely catch the fish in the at risk area. They then transport the fish to an area of the river past the underground mines where they can swim in the warm summer waters peacefully.
The first stage of the rescue occurred on 12 June, with 260 rescued. The second stage is today (Wednesday 23 July) with a further 1,000 fish expected to be rescued and re-located.
Environment Manager Greg Broughton said: “Over the past six years we have saved more and more fish. As a result, more fish are spawning in this area of the Lathkill than ever before. This is testament to the hard work the Environment Agency is doing to protect the fish and ensure the public can continue to enjoy this picturesque area of Derbyshire.”
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