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2m project to bring salmon to River Medway in Kent

Bypass on the River Medway
Canoeists and fish can avoid locks and weirs

Work has begun on a £2m project to boost the declining fish populations of the River Medway in Kent.

The Environment Agency plans a series of passes, which allow fish to swim around man-made obstacles such as locks and weirs and reach spawning grounds.

The agency hopes the passes will encourage fish such as salmon and sea trout to swim upstream and spawn.

The project also benefits canoeists, who do not have to take their boats out of the river when they encounter locks.

Sally Chadwick, a fisheries officer with the agency, said: "At the moment we see coarse fish, such as things like bass, roach and perch.

"Hopefully in the future when the scheme is completed we should see more migrating fish travel upstream, like sea trout.

"Also we could see eels and maybe sometime in the future we may see salmon on the Medway again."

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