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 *** Microchip Implant Training Course for Fish***
The next implanter training course is planned for When YOU want it!  Please contact me asap if interested.

Need more information? To email Tony click [HERE]


December 2012
Horsham & District A S
  goes 'Chips4Fish'!

Tony Loveless of Chips4Fish meets the Horsham fishery trainees in front of the BBC South Today cameras for a 'live' Implant Training Course at Island Pond, Faygate.

Ian Petch (right) implants a chip under Chips4Fish supervision

A 6am start was necessary when I set off for Horsham & District A S's Island Pond near Faygate to train four of their anglers in the techniques for microchipping their carp stock, part of a project to try and stop the fish theft they have been suffering. After a four and a half hour drive from my new home in the Brecon Beacons I arrived and shortly afterwards 10 lovely carp from Mainstream Fisheries, Lincolnshire also arrived.  These fish, 5 mirrors and 5 commons, all between 10 and 16lbs, were to be the demo and 'training' fish and would provide some excellent sport for Horsham A S members in the coming years.

I trained four of the clubs members and after training was complete they each received a Certificate and the all important Implanter Code without which they could not buy either the microchips or the implanter tools.  This is to try to make sure untrained people don't get hold of implanting equipment and just 'have a go'.  It's really to protect the fish from the cowboys.

After implanting the chip the fish is scanned with a microchip reader to ensure the chip is implanted
and working correctly

After the training is completed the signs go up around the fishery!

December 2011
Elphicks Fishery
, Horsmonden, Kent goes 'Chips4Fish'!

Thousands of silver fish were being netted and the larger roach moved to another lake on the complex. The smaller fish went elsewhere.

Mark Pallett looks to fitting the chip needle cartridge into the implant 'gun' during the training course. The course firstly looks to introduce the trainees to the equipment 

Frozen off the water for the planned date a week earlier, I paid my first ever visit to Elphicks Fishery a few days before Christmas and was met by what could only be described as a netful of sprats! These however were not the object of my visit, and I was soon introduced to some stunning carp. Fishery Manager Mark Pallett asked me along to train himself and Head Water Bailiff, Phil Barden in the techniques of microchipping the specimen carp which were obviously abundent in the seven lake complex.

Now down to the real business of the day getting a chip into a big mirror.  Fortunately there were also some 'Commons' in the net as they are much more tricky to chip.

Phil Barden has chipped this Common and after replacing the needle cover on the scalpel sharp needle he checks the implant using the microchip reader. All was well!

April 2008
Early April and Chips4Fish headed to Sigglesthorpe, just north of Hull where we trained the lake owner at Westlands Lakes to implant chips ready for their forthcoming delivery of a large number of 20 - 30lb fish - part of a re-stocking programme for their specimen lake.  

Later the same day Chips4Fish were the other side of the Pennines training three more implanters at Horn's Dam Fishery, Goosngargh near Preston.  

Training new implanters is central to Chips4Fish aims and objectives, giving fisheries the opportunity to undertake microchipping of stock fish for management and/or security at  affordable rates.

Two newly trained microchip implanters get to grips with a 15lb mirror carp at Horn's Dam

To see a ITV Wales report on chipping carp (below) just click the link (Carp Chipping Link)

March 2008
Chips4Fish, found itself on the cold, windswept banks of the Bristol Channel just a day after the recent, March, storms, at Peterstone Coarse Fishery near Newport in South Wales .

I was there at the invitation of the Environment Agency Wales Environmental Crime Officer Ian Wilson, to talk to the regional media and demonstrate fish identification tagging by microchip.  

Peterstone Lakes bought in a number of beautiful common and linear carp for the event as part of their re-stocking programme. These fish were microchipped in front of the television and regional press and the unique identity numbers that the microchip carries has since been entered on a national database which ties the fish, indisputably, to Peterstone Lakes .  If any of them should be stolen and discovered elsewhere the microchip number will help bring the thief and perhaps the owner of the lake in which they’re found, to justice!  

The Fishery Manager, Martin Cronin and a bailiff were both trained in microchipping techniques during the day and they will now take on the task of microchipping the rest of the fish in the lakes as they get caught.  

Having the fish ‘chipped’ will not only increase the security of the lakes but will give the management a tool that will help monitor the fish stock growth rate, a useful indicator of the health of the lake itself!  

Also attending the event was the Police Crime Prevention Officer from Barry, PC Richard Collins and representatives of some other South Wales angling organisations. 

  Before and after the fish is chipped it
  is checked with a scanner to ensure:
  pre-implant scan - that the fish has
  not already been chipped.
  post-implant scan - to ensure the
  chip is in the fish and is working.