Fish Rescue and Removal

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Fish rescue/removal may be required as part of low flow issues or any construction project involving:

  • Reservoir maintenance or decommissioning   Pic 2_PI
  • Bridge and culvert repairs
  • Dredging
  • Piling
  • River re-alignments
  • De-watering
  • Lock repairs

Wild fish populations are protected by UK and EU legislation, consequently mitigation should be factored into projects where impacts may occur. Our specialist fisheries ecologists provide reactive and Tom_Fish Movementbespoke solutions to mitigate risk to the environment. We offer rapid response and mobilisation and our flexibility allows us to work around your project programme.

We are able to offer:

  • Consenting and liaison (e.g. Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales etc)
  • Fish rescue/removal (e.g. electric fishing, seine netting etc)
  • Fish transport
  • Fish Health Check
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The most common methods of fish rescue/removal are electric fishing and seine netting, for which we conform to BS EN 14011:2003. Our team leads have extensive electric fishing experience and are trained to manage operations on sensitive construction sites (such as the enabling works for HS2) holding Site Supervisor SSSTS, CSCS and First Aid qualifications. All operatives are trained in-house to rigorous standards and hold current CSCS cards. We are able to offer solutions for all scenarios from water intakes to siphon shafts and pump sumps to reservoirs in glacial lakes and have a range of survey equipment and the practical experience to cover any eventuality.

Fish are caught and kept in oxygenated containers and, depending on the site, fish can either be moved by hand or via purpose built transport tanks mounted on an off-road vehicle. We are able to deal with large projects such as whole-lake removals and trap-and-truck exercises. We are certified for ISO 14001 ensuring the highest level of environmental awareness and risk management.

Fish removals require consent from the regulator and potentially a consent to introduce fish into a new watercourse. We can provide full liaison with regulatory bodies (e.g. Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales etc) and apply for all necessary consents saving you time and money. In some circumstances a statutory Fish Health Check may be required and we provide sample collection and a health check undertaken by an Environment Agency-approved practitioner.

Contact us to discuss your requirements.


We would love to hear from you…

If you would like to find out more about who we are and what we do contact the team on 01722 783041 or email office@five-rivers.com