Fish Out Of Water

Hundreds of huge fish are being rescued by the Environment Agency after flood waters took them off course.

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230 big fish rescued

Fish rescued after flooding Credit: ITV Central News

The Environment Agency say 230 large fish with a combined weight of over half a ton have been safely returned to the River Severn in a major rescue operation.

Rededing flood waters left hundreds of fish, including large bream and carp, stranded at Upton-on-Severn in Worcestershire.

Up to 1,000 fish became trapped in pools, ditches and behind mesh fences, leaving them at risk of dying unless they were moved quickly.

Last Tuesday 8 May, the Environment Agency removed 125 stranded fish that where in shallow water and returned them to the river.

About 80-100 bream, weighing up to 7lb and 20-30 carp, weighing about 5-15lb each, were among the fish rescued.

By the end of the day there were still hundreds of fish left but they were in deeper water and not in immediate danger.

It was hoped that the remaining fish would be able to return to the river naturally.

When that didn't happen The Environment Agency went back to the site to move the remaining stranded fish to the River.

About 100 fish, including individual carp weighing up to 28lb each, were rescued.

Over 100 fish saved

A rescue operation by The Environment Agency has saved over 100 fish from shallow water in Worcestershire.

They were carried there from the River Severn during flooding.

Hundreds more are still trapped but aren't in immediate danger.

Work is continuing to try to help them get back to the river via streams and ditches.


Fish rescued from shallow water in Worcestershire

Hundreds of fish have been rescued from shallow water after floods subsided in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.

The Environment Agency and local anglers moved the fish - some weighing over 20 pounds - back to the River Severn.

The Agency's Dave Throup said: "The flood level has dropped quickly and it's stranded a lot of fish. They will stay there because they want to spawn but as the water dries out, they'll die.

"We've had to pull them out with nets and put them back in the river.

These are serious fish, maybe 30 years old, so environmentally it's important to get them back where they came from. They wouldn't have lasted much longer."

Fish rescue underway

Hundreds of fish are being rescued in Worcestershire Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is having to rescue hundreds of fish put in danger when flood waters carried them off course.

The operation is taking place at Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire.

The fish, including bream and carp, wouldn't survive without help from the Agency and local anglers.

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