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“Once the water levels and the ecology of the reservoir are back to acceptable levels, we could theoretically consider restocking the pools with new fish, but as we only make less than £500 from angling licenses a year, we won’t have available monies to do this. The lake’s Special Scientific Interest status would also restrict how we could restock the reservoir, and no alien species or trout would be allowed back. “Therefore, we will be allowing the reservoir to restock with fish life naturally from the streams that feed the reservoir, as part of the refilling operation. Whilst we recognise this may be a disappointing outcome for local anglers, we know it is the most ecologically sound approach.”The Council said the fish would need to find new homes after admitting it did not have any alternative locations for them. The spokesperson continued:
“Whilst it sounds simple to suggest that we keep the fish we take out of the reservoir, and then put them back in when the works are completed, unfortunatley this isn’t a practical solution. The Council has no available water bodies to temporarily rehome the fish.”No decision has yet been made on where the fish from Chasewater will be relocated to. Work is set to begin on the process of removing them in the next few weeks.
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