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The Environment Agency's Simon Wyke
"We are using native fish"
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Friday, 3 March, 2000, 11:22 GMT
Trout make return to river
Fishing in the River Teifi
The Teifi used to teem with Brown Trout
The opening of the trout fishing season marks the start of a new project to boost dwindling trout stocks in a mid Wales river.

Acid rain has badly hit native brown trout in the upper reaches of the River Teifi but now it is being restocked with young trout bred from some of the few remaining native fish.

Fish being released into river
Thousands of specially-bred fish will be released
Known as the queen of welsh rivers, the upper Teifi was teeming with wild brown trout half a century ago.

But stocks have been severely hit by both acid rain - created by industrial pollution in the atmosphere - and intensive farming.

Now, with the help of a local hatchery, young trout bred from fish taken from the river are being used to restock the Teifi near Tregaron.

Over the next five years, 3,000 young fish will be released into the river.

The Environment Agency is overseeing the ambitious project.

Lure for anglers

"We are using native fish that we've taken from the river the previous year," said the agency's Simon Wyke.

"We've bred from those and we've re-introduced those fish into the system here."

Combined with work to restore natural habitats and reduce pollution in the river, the project is aimed at building up stocks of native brown trout .

It is hoped this will restore the upper Teifi to its former glory and lure back the anglers.

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