1. ITV Report

Nottinghamshire farm produces record number of fish

A fish farm in Nottinghamshire has produced a record breaking number of fish.

Just over 520,000 fish were produced at the Environment Agency's National Coarse Fish Farm near Calverton. It saw a 30% increase in 2018 compared with 2017.

The average size of each fish also increased.

The fish are used to replace stocks lost to pollution and to improve stock where natural reproduction is low.

fish produced in 2018
tonnes of strong healthy fish produced in 2018
grams was the average weight of the 18 month old fish

2018 has been an exceptional year in terms of the number of fish produced. The size and weight of the fish has also been outstanding and we have succeeded in smashing all of our production records.

We take great care in ensuring that every fish is fit for purpose when stocked out into the wild. During their 18 months at the farm, the fish are fed live natural food, they encounter a range of flora and fauna, and are trained in flowing conditions while being grown in the earth ponds.

– Alan Henshaw, Team Leader at the National Coarse Fish Farm