Fish stocks boost for River Don

A THOUSAND extra coarse fish have been released into the River Don to boost stocks.

Staff at the Environment Agency last week introduced 500 barbel into the river at Kilnhurst and a further 500 at Blackburn Meadows at Sheffield.

The fish have been introduced into the Don as part of a restocking programme, to boost recovering populations in rivers where water quality is improving.

Fisheries officer Peter Mischenko said: “The fish we’re stocking later this week will be the last we put into the River Don. We started the stocking programme around 10 years ago to help the river recover from its industrial heritage which had a massive impact on fish stocks.