Hundreds of fish were removed from Rugby’s Oxford Canal on Tuesday ahead of dredging work.
The fish, which included roach, perch, carp and even pike, were taken by the Canal & River Trust as oxygen levels in the canal are likely to drop as the three-week £110,000 dredging and bank protection project gets underway.
Paul Fox, dredging manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “With a popular hire boat base in Rugby and lots of visiting boats on the Oxford Canal, it’s really important that we undertake this important maintenance work to remove the silt that has built up over the years in this historic canal.
“In this instance the best thing to do for the fish is to move them downstream away from the dredging. As well as being a haven for people, the Oxford Canal is also great for wildlife.”