Scottish Canals have now completed initial works along the Union Canal in response to a breach near the A801 between Polmont and Muiravonside. As part of our works a massive fish rescue operation has been carried out, saving fish that were displaced in pools of water downstream of the breach.
In less than one-week Scottish Canals alongside our partners, the Forth Rivers Trust have undertaken the rigorous and complex task of rescuing over 11,000 fish displaced by the breach in the canal. The diligent and professional efforts made over the course of the week have saved a variety of fish including; pike, perch, roach, eel, three spined stickleback and brown trout from pools of water and returned them to the canal. Staff have been on hand monitoring the situation since the breach on the 12th of August and have now concluded the fish rescue operation.
The SFCA will be monitoring the areas where the rescued fish have been released and would urge any users of the towpaths in the area to report sightings of any fish in distress to either Gus Brindle on 07812 241816, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Scottish Canals. Any further mitigations to the stocking density in the canals will be considered in consultation with Scottish Canals once the physical and environmental restoration works are complete. The SFCA would like to remind individuals that the movement of fish between waters in Scotland is illegal without written consent from Scottish Government and risks the transmission of Invasive Non-native Species and disease to the canal.
Scottish Canals other works in response to the breach include creating a diversion route which will allow walkers and cyclists to continue to enjoy the outdoors. Our diversion will add less than 10 minutes to the journey and crucially it will keep people within the immediate area. Signposts and other materials can be found along the route. In addition, we have commenced a boat lift operation which will ensure boaters are able to reach their destination with minimal disruption.
We would like to remind those enjoying our network to stay safe and maintain physical distancing.