Fish populations swell at River Stour in Sudbury after year-long improvement project
Major restoration work at the River Stour in Sudbury has been lauded as a success, after a significant increase in fish populations was recorded in the six months since the project was completed.
The Environment Agency confirmed a huge rise in roach and rudd spawn, as well as improved water quality, following a year-long programme of work at the river, between 2018 and 2019.
Carried out in partnership with the Sudbury and Long Melford Angling Association, and the Sudbury Common Lands Charity, the project involved the large-scale removal of silt and vegetation, and the creation of new spawning areas.
John Weddup, of the Sudbury and Long Melford Angling Association, said: “The whole project has been fantastic. It has been great working with the Environment Agency.
“We now have fish spawning around the whole island, rather than being limited to one spot, which they were before the work.
“The water also has a higher levels of oxygen now, which helps everything from biodiversity, fish and insects.
“The whole river is improving since the work and this benefits everyone, not just anglers.”
The restoration, which cost almost £10,000, was funded with money collected from fishing licences.
Ben Norrington, the Environment Agency fisheries officer in East Anglia, added: “I hope this highlights to fisheries owners the importance of spawning areas and shallow, diverse river habitats for fish and wildlife.
“These results are a good indication of well-spent fishing licence income and partnership involvement.”
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