Rivers in Lancashire are being restocked with thousands of coarse fish as part of an annual programme aiming to rehabilitate and enhance rivers all over the country.
The Environment Agency fisheries team collected 15,000 chub and 5,000 dace from Calverton fish farm in Nottinghamshire and desposited them in the Rivers Alt, Darwen, Wyre and Douglas, where they will help to enhance the existing fish population.
This work forms a part of an ongoing project to help restock rivers that have depleted fish stocks.
This could be because of a pollution incident that caused fish to be killed, or rivers that are recovering from historic water quality issues. In some cases, rivers may have problems that prevent fish from populating naturally.
Money to carry out the restocking has been raised from rod licence sales.