We at FiveRivers are experts in fish rescue and fish removal – it’s the reason why we’ve been chosen to work on projects with clients across the whole of the UK.

We’re here to ensure that projects such as channel diversion, dewatering and drain downs can be completed on time, on budget and according to legislation. Our specialists are trained and competent to work on construction sites, and are all CSCS trained to the appropriate level, including site supervision (SSSTS). Our experience of river engineering means we understand the needs of our clients, and we will work with you and/or your sub-contractors to develop a programme that keeps your project on schedule whilst minimising the environmental impact of your scheme.

We’re able to obtain all permits and consents on your behalf and can solve issues which you cannot solve alone, with liaison, consulting and early contractor involvement offered by our specialist fisheries ecologists.

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What is fish rescue and removal?

Fish rescue or removal is an important element of any project which involves the dewatering or management of rivers, canals and lakes, among other types of waterbodies. The service also covers reservoir maintenance or decommissioning; bridge and culvert repairs; and the capture and movement of fish to a safe environment to protect them and prevent mortality. Fish removals may also be required for fisheries management purposes such as stock biomass reduction.

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How do fish rescues work?

Fish rescues use the same techniques as those utilised in fish surveys: a combination of electric fishing and netting are used to safely capture and relocate fish present in a body of water. Once fish are caught, they are temporarily held to highest of welfare standards until they are moved to a receptor location agreed with the regulatory bodies. Our purpose-built transport tanks are vehicle mounted allowing us to access any site and project of any scale.

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Why are fish rescues and removals necessary?

Wild fish populations are protected by UK and EU legislation, and are typically a regulatory condition of environmental permits, formerly known as Flood Defence Consents (FDC). Works that pose a risk of fish mortality require a fish rescue or removal; for this, we would recommend early engagement in order to precent programme delays. Our services provide reactive and bespoke solutions to mitigate any risk to the environment, so get in touch to discuss your project needs.

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fish rescue and removal.

Tom Grayling

Director of Monitoring

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