Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Britain’s rarest freshwater fish reappears in Bassenthwaite Lake after 10 year absence

Vendace reappears in Bassenthwaite
October 2013. Britain's rarest freshwater fish, the Vendace, has made an unexpected reappearance in Bassenthwaite Lake in north-West England more than a decade after being declared ‘locally extinct'. 

1 juvenile caught
A fish community survey of Bassenthwaite Lake which took place this autumn recorded a single young vendace specimen. The small size of the fish, only 54 mm in length, makes it likely to be an underyearling which hatched during the spring of this year.

Dr Ian Winfield from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology led this autumn's survey. He said, "This finding of a single Vendace individual is a very pleasant surprise and gives great encouragement to everyone involved in the restoration of Bassenthwaite Lake and its fantastic wildlife."

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