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News article created on 20 February 2013

Rescuing fish on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Hundreds of fish will be rescued from the Kennet & Avon Canal tomorrow as we carry out vital repairs to lock gates in Bath.

We're completing work on locks 7-13 on Bath Flight, which includes the second deepest lock in the country. Sections of the canal need to be completely drained of water in order to complete the work. The fish, including bream and perch, will be stunned with an electric pulse before being netted and rehomed on another section of the canal.

Robert Eaton, project manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Bath Flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal is right in the heart of the city and hugely popular, with thousands of people visiting it each year. Every winter we carry out essential maintenance work on the canals and rivers and in this case some of the lock gates are in need of a bit of TLC.

Extensive operation

“It is quite an extensive operation, but one we are well used to dealing with. Our specialist fish rescue contractors use a low electric pulse which stuns the fish. They are then netted and moved to a safe part of the canal."

Following the fish rescue, the repair work will take place at locks 7-13 on Bath Flight, which begins just over Halfpenny Bridge behind the train station. The fish rescue will be completed this week and the lock repairs expected to be complete by the middle of March.