THIS personal best 16 lb 8 oz Dorset Stour barbel to Mail regular Pete Reading isn’t the only thing barbel fans have to smile about.
Just the day earlier, Pete, in his role as Barbel Society research and conservation officer, helped with the release of some 600 junior whiskers in a bid to boost stocks for the future.
It followed the stocking of 10,000 small barbel in the middle reaches of the river, in a project organised by the Barbel Society and local Environment Agency fishery officers.
And there’s also been some good news from the Avon Roach Project, who are also work hard for rivers.
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