The Environment Agency is using a specialist fishing boat to help remove non-native catfish to help improve the quality of our rivers and lakes across the North West.
The Environment Agency is using a specialist fishing boat to help remove non-native catfish to help improve the quality of our rivers and lakes across the North West for people and wildlife.
As part of a plan to remove non-native species from our environment, we are visiting rivers, lakes and ponds to enforce licence conditions and seek the removal of the fish.
Species such as the Catfish have significant consequences for animal and plant communities. The introduction of non-native fish can have a direct effect on native species and can upset the natural balance of waters.
Such species can also introduce and spread diseases to which our native species cannot survive.
Fisheries Team Leader, Darren Bedworth said,
“By removing these intriguing visitor from our waters, we are helping to limit the spread of diseases and threats to our environment.
We recognise the value that varied species have for angling and we want to work with anglers to make sure they are available to catch but in the right waters where the risk to the environment is removed.
If in doubt, fishery owners should get in touch with their local Environment Agency fisheries officer who will help them conform to current legislation to ensure that their fishery is legal. “