ROCESTER pupils have been getting themselves stuck in as they helped to restock the River Dove.
Year one and two pupils from Abbotsholme School joined The Environment Agency’s Central Midlands fisheries and biodiversity team to help stock the River Dove between Eaton, Dovedale and Rocester with 160,000 young salmon.
Sourcing the fish from the Environment Agency Kielder hatchery has been part of the River Trent Salmon Action Plan for 15 years and during that time the agency has introduced more than two million salmon.
Fisheries officer Bryony Devoy said: “It’s always great to get youngsters involved with stocking programmes such as this, and nice to inspire the next generation of anglers and environmentalists.
“This is the final year of stocking for this catchment.
“The fisheries team now hope to see a wild population thrive and grow. We are continuing with habitat and river improvements, along with genetic studies to establish numbers of wild and stocked fish in this area.”
After two winters feeding in the river, they will change into salmon smolts with bright silver scales and migrate downstream through the estuary of the River Humber to the North Sea.
The salmon grow very quickly at sea and those that survive and return after one to four winters at sea can be genuinely huge fish.
The aim of the rehabilitation project is to restore a natural self-sustaining population of Atlantic salmon in the Trent.