Last August, a company called Salveson Fox Hydrosurveys carried out a fish survey at Chasewater.
Using a combination of an echo-sounder and a specialist net (seine net), the team worked out how many fish are currently living in the reservoir.
From their findings, the team estimates that over 50,000 adult fish live in the reservoir, including roach, perch, pike, ruffe and tench. They also estimate that between 300-400 premium quality fish live in Chasewater
The majority of fish live in the north east and eastern parts of the reservoir. A healthy number of young fish was also seen during the survey.
Are the fish healthy?
As part of the survey, the team checked the health of a sample of 30 fish*. They all appeared to be in good health, with no signs of infections or abnormal parasites. Ten types of common parasites were found, which are in usual in still-water fisheries, such as Chasewater reservoir.
*All species of fish in the sample were health checked in accordance with the standard Section 30 health examination protocol. Roach, perch and pike were examined.
How are we going to look after the fish? Together with our partners at the Environment Agency and British Waterways, we’re putting the finishing touches to our plans for catching and moving the fish in Chasewater. We hope to start in February/March, and our plans will detail how we will catch the fish and where they will be put during the works. Watch this space for more news.