February 17, 2011
operation launched to move fish between Highbridge lakes
were the unusual scenes at Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday
(February 17th) when a huge operation was launched to move hundreds
of fish between two lakes.
A team from Bridgwater College's Fisheries Programme was drafted
in by Highbridge Angling Association and Sedgemoor District Council
to help move large quantities of carp and bream.
unusual task was required after a recent decision to separate
the boating lake - near Apex's main car park - from the fishing
lake in order to increase safety in the leisure area.
Iain Turner, Fisheries Management Programme Manager at Bridgwater
College (pictured) told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There's now
a division between the fishing lake and the boating lake and the
angling association wanted to make sure that any fish on the boating
side should be returned to the fishing side, which is where we
"The team from the college's fisheries programme used an
80 metre net stretched across the lake to remove the larger fish
that had been cut off from the fishing lake when the barrier was
installed. We scooped up some big fish, including several carp
weighing 8-12lb and numerous big bream, so there are some good
catches to be had."
"It was a big task that took nearly all day and we also found
a few unusual items too - a scooter, a car exhaust and a bike
all were removed!"