found itself on the cold, windswept banks of the
just a day
after the recent, March, storms, at Peterstone Coarse Fishery near
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
attending the event was the Police Crime Prevention Officer from
Barry, PC Richard Collins and representatives of some other
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.
scan - to ensure the
in the fish and is working.