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Beck restocked with 1,000 salmon-like fish
5:56pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A RIVER which was historically used for ship transport by mills has been restocked with 1,000 fish in the salmon family to help it recover from past pollution.
The grayling, which can grow up to 60cm long and have a maximum recorded weight of 6.7kg, were released by the Environment Agency in the Oxfolds stretch of Costa Beck near Pickering.
They were grown from eggs hatched at the agency's fish farm in Nottinghamshire and grown for four months before being put in the river.
An agency spokesman said it hoped the stocking would improve the habitat for all wildlife surrounding Costa Beck, which is a tributary of the River Rye and eventually flows into the River Ouse.
He said the agency aimed to provide a boost to the beck’s existing grayling population so it became self-sustaining, after suffering from mounting silt and pollution.
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