Environment Agency reports Arctic Charr brought back from brink of extinction following restoration project.
A recent survey of the Arctic Charr has found an increase in the population in Ennerdale Water in Cumbria.
The Ennerdale Arctic Charr Restoration project, led by the Environment Agency with money from fishing licences and delivered in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Wild Ennerdale, was set up to boost numbers of the iconic Ice Age relic species in Ennerdale Water.
The species was on the brink of extinction and the fish found in Ennerdale are thought to be the last spawning in an English river.
During November, the spawning season, the Environment Agency monitors the unique English Charr as they migrate into nearby river tributaries. This year’s survey has shown that Charr numbers have increased significantly and the project is now in the monitoring phase.
Peter McCollough, Fisheries Officer at the Environment Agency, said:
This project has been part funded by money generated from fishing licence sales. All revenue generated from fishing licence sales is reinvested in maintaining, improving and developing fisheries. Work undertaken by the fisheries team includes tackling illegal fishing, protecting and restoring habitats for fish and improving facilities for anglers.