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Good Weather Causing Problems for Trout 18 August 2003

The continuing warm and sunny weather on the island has created unfavourable conditions for fish.

Low river levels and warm water temperatures cause difficulties not only for the wild fish stocks in our rivers, but also the fish at the Government's hatchery at Cornaa.

The trout reared at the Hatchery and those in our rivers prefer more substantial water levels and cooler temperatures.

Freshwater Fisheries staff are keeping a close eye on the Hatchery fish to ensure they are kept as comfortable as possible.

To minimise the risk of disturbance to these sensitive fish, the Hatchery is only open during cooler periods. Members of the public are advised to ring the Hatchery to check opening times prior to their visit.

As far as possible in the exceptional conditions, Fisheries Officers continue regular patrols of the river. With vital work at the Hatchery, it is not always possible to respond immediately to calls from the public.

With the hot spell and low river levels, the Department has received several reports of dead sea trout in the Sulby River.

Members of the public are requested to report the location of the fish to the Freshwater Fisheries Section on either 812224 or 686044 and an Officer will collect it as soon as practical.

Examination of a dead sea trout which was collected from the Sulby shows that it had been hooked but had escaped.

Its death was most likely due to stress caused by the low water level and high temperatures.

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