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A row has erupted over whether Dutch trawler men are depleting the South East's fishing stocks by using electrified nets off the Kent coast.

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Chad the Carp treated for injuries after his escape

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Chad was injured when someone tried to catch him with an inappropriate hook Credit: Romsey World of Water

Chad the Carp is safe and well and is being treated for injuries to his tail and side. He has now been reunited with his best friend, Steve the Sturgeon. Both escaped from Romsey World of Water during the recent floods. Steve the Sturgeon was recovered, but Chad remained on the missing list.

A couple who were walking their dog spotted Chad near the Salmon Leap pub in Totton - seven miles away -and gave him some bread. Rob Bailey from Romsey World of Water left a bread trail and recaptured Chad.

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Chad is treated for his wounds Credit: Romsey World of Water

Staff at Romsey World of Water treated Chad's wounds. A hook had to be cut in half before being removed. Chad is making a good recovery.

Fishy friends reunited after the floods

Chad the Carp has been reunited with his best friend, Steve the Sturgeon. Both escaped from Romsey World of Water during the recent floods. Steve the Sturgeon was recovered, but Chad remained on the missing list.

A couple who were walking their dog spotted Chad near the Salmon Leap pub in Totton - seven miles away -and gave him some bread.

Rob Bailey from Romsey World of Water left a bread trail and recaptured Chad. More details to follow.

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Fish crime crackdown to protect Solent salmon

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A triple hook used to catch the fish Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is launching a new project to protect Salmon stocks in the Solent.

The Salmon Watch campaign is part of the Environment Agency's ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling.

Rivers in Hampshire are world famous for their salmon populations but surveys on the River Test and Itchen show that numbers are well below their conservation target.

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A speargun is one of the methods used to illegally catch salmon fish Credit: Environment Agency

Since a previous anti-poaching campaign in 2012, Environment Agency Fisheries Officers have arrested or cautioned five poachers who were caught fishing illegally as a direct result of reports received from the public.

Small fishermen welcome lifeline from High Court

Coastal fishing fleets in the south-east - many of them facing financial crisis - were thrown a lifeline in an historic High Court ruling today.

Small-scale fishermen with boats under ten metres long are being handed some of the fishing quota currently held by the consortiums that control bigger vessels.

Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Jerry Percy from the fishermen's campaign group - the New Under Ten Fishermen's Assosiation. She began by asking him what the landmark ruling means for coastal fishing fleets in Kent and Sussex.

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Stamping out illegal fishing

Brighton Sea Life centre helping to end illegal fishing Credit: Meridian

Brighton Sea Life centre has teamed up with Portuguese scientists to try and combat fishermen who use cyanide to help with their catches. For the first time, the team at the Sea Life Centre will be able to find out if a fish has been exposed to cyanide without having to kill it.

Sea Life centre to tackle illegal fishing

Brighton Sea Life centre has teamed up with Portuguese scientists to try and combat fishermen who use cyanide to help with their catches. Using the poison is illegal in most countries although still widespread in parts of East Asia.

For the first time, the team at the Sea Life Centre will be able to find out if a fish has been exposed to cyanide without having to kill and dissect the fish first. It's hoped this work will help eradicate the practise.

TV chef's call to 'Save our fish' - full report

A celebrity chef led an army of frogmen and marine campaigners to Westminster today calling on the government to do more to create wildlife friendly zones around the UK.

127 areas off the English coast were recommended to the Government as being in need of protection. Along the south coast 17 zones were considered but only six made the shortlist, in the south east there were 14 but only five chosen. None of the zones around the Isle of Wight were selected.

Conservationists say dredging and trawling is damaging fish stocks - as Phil Hornby reports, speaking to Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and fellow campaigners Tim May and Christine Chester.

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