Cash needed to replace fish killed by fire

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An appeal has been launched to get more fish back into the Erewash Canal after thousands were killed following the Stanton fire last year.

The Canal and River Trust want to raise £5,000 to further re-stock the canal after water used to tackle the blaze flushed chemicals into the waterway and killed huge numbers of fish.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The death of these fish has had a huge impact on the day-to-day life of the canal.

“Up until the fire, this stretch of the Erewash Canal was a very popular angling venue, regularly holding national and regional events.

“We need your help to restore fish stocks and make angling one of the region’s chief leisure pastimes once again.”

As well as getting people fishing again there will be environmental benefits to adding the fish to the water.

John Ellis, National Fisheries angling manager said: “I’m really excited about this project. It’s great to get a chance to restore this wonderful environment, which will benefit both people and nature.”

To donate visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.