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EA consultation period:Trout Farmers Views Wanted

UK - The Environment Agencys consultation on the future of trout stocking in rivers in England and Wales has been extended to 18 January 2008. Fish farmer who have not yet made thier views known are being urged to contact the EA now.

The Environment Agency believes that long-term future of native wild trout populations is being put at risk by current stocking practices. This is the finding of an extensive review of more than 300 scientific papers looking at the potential genetic impact of stocking on wild brown trout populations.

“Our wild trout populations are still likely to be genetically diverse despite many decades of stocking, so we still have plenty worth protecting and enhancing," said Environment Agency Fisheries Scientist Brian Shields. " However, there are concerns that the continued stocking of farmed fertile brown trout poses a real threat to the future survival of wild brown trout populations when the two successfully interbreed."

Details of the trout stocking review and research can be found on the Environment Agency’s web site

For further information e-mail or write Dr. Brian Shields, Trout Stocking Review, Environment Agency, Richard Fairclough House, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1HT. Alternatively, telephone 08708 506506 and ask for an information pack.

Ellen Hardy

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