Cumbrian Fish Rescue

Last week we responded to an urgent request from  to carry out a fish removal operation in Uldale, Cumbria, for their clients, the fish removal was a legal requirement by the Environment Agency prior to work by the contractors to restore the reservoir fish pass channel.

The same day we were loaded and on our way north, 7 hour’s later we reached our overnight stop and were on site early the next morning at the Chapel House Dam.

Following a detailed site induction and risk assessment of the structure, and working in conjunction with the construction engineer’s, we successfully carried out our fish rescue, and controlled de-water. 

As the fish pass structure on this reservoir dam was drained down, we were able to electric fish each section individually, removing Brown Trout, Eel’s and Brook Lamprey to their new home, just downstream of the temporary coffer dam, enabling work to commence immediately.   

We would like to thank the contractors on site for their professionalism and help, and also the Environment Agency for turning around the electric fishing consent so quickly.

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