Search

Recent storms kill thousands of fish in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

11:35 25 October 2014

Dead fish at Acle Dyke. Picture: Supplied

Dead fish at Acle Dyke. Picture: Supplied

Supplied

Environment experts will survey the region’s waterways in the coming weeks to gauge what damage the recent storms caused.

Dead fish at Acle Dyke. Picture: SuppliedDead fish at Acle Dyke. Picture: Supplied

At least 25,000 fish were killed in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads after tides earlier this week sent seawater flooding into freshwater rivers.

Coarse fish – including roach, bream, pike, perch and rudd – were found at Acle Dyke, with more at Upton and Hardley.

Steve Lane, fisheries technical specialist at the Environment Agency, said the team used hydroacoustics before the storm to survey the rivers.

Now, they will be able to repeat the process to show the extent of the damage to the waterways after the saltwater surge.

Mr Lane said this will ensure the fishing industry is kept monitored and well-maintained.

“Angling is so import to the local economy in this part of the world, so it is so important that we protect the fish,” he said.

“It’s difficult to put a firm figure on the number of fish we have lost. But we have some good news that the Thurne barrier at Potter Heigham was operating which saved some fish there.”

He praised the work of local anglers who volunteered after the storm and reassured people that the loss of fish was not as bad as in the storm of 2006 when thousands of fish in the river Yare died as storms drove the sea tides high up the river.

It was described as one of worst incidents of fish deaths from natural causes in the Broads in the last 15 years.

If anyone sees signs of fish in distress they are asked to call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

Do you have a story about the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads? Email Rosa McMahon at rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lowestoft Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lowestoft Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lowestoft Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

39 minutes ago

Suffolk police received more than 800 emergency calls during Storm Doris yesterday - up from its daily average of about 230.

59 minutes ago

A charity which provides free information and advice to people with disabilities in Waveney has issued an urgent appeal for funding.

A team that provides health and social care to people in their own homes in Lowestoft has been given a resounding vote of confidence by patients.

Popular radio presenter Rob Chandler will return to the airwaves, after loyal listeners were left disappointed when he left Radio Norwich earlier this year.

Most Read

A dash cam has captured the moment a car narrowly avoided being hit by a falling tree during Storm Doris.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32

It is the end of an era as the landlords of a much-loved coastal town pub have called last orders for the final time.

Read more
Southwold
Yesterday, 17:41

Emergency services have been working to clear fallen trees from road across Lowestoft and Waveney as a result of Storm Doris.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 16:05

Storm Doris is causing disruption in Lowestoft and Waveney as high winds continue to batter the region.

Read more
Carlton Marshes
06:42

Communities across East Anglia will today begin a massive clear-up after Storm Doris caused chaos across the region.

Read more

Most Commented

A dash cam has captured the moment a car narrowly avoided being hit by a falling tree during Storm Doris.

Read more
06:42

Communities across East Anglia will today begin a massive clear-up after Storm Doris caused chaos across the region.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter