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Lakes project set to encourage fish

Posted 26 May 2010
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Lakes project set to encourage fish
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A new project in the Lake District has been instigated to establish new fish spawning grounds, something that may offer long-term benefits for those heading to the national park with their fishing tackle.

Community landscape body Bassenthwaite Reflections has created a 100-metre safe channel linked to a stretch of the River Greta between Keswick and Threlkeld that is contained within the Derwent Special Area of Conservation.

The aim is to increase populations of Atlantic salmon, brown trout, minnows, stone roach, brook lamprey and eels, head of the body Martin Varley noted.

He remarked: "With the Environment Agency's guidance, we have brought in a number of measures which will encourage more insect food and better habitats."

Mr Varley revealed that fish had been struggling to protect their young from predators, flooding and other problems, something the channel may help to combat.

The River Greta flows into the River Derwent near the foot of Derwent Water, having passed through Keswick, with notable locations and places on its banks including Fitz Park and the town's youth hostel.