Kingcombe Aquacare offers a comprehensive range of fisheries management and environmental monitoring services, often working for - or in conjunction with - the Environment Agency.
The company carries out electric fishing surveys and seine netting contracts, as well as supplying stock fish, and rescuing and storing fish prior to engineering works.
Trained staff can carry out river habitat surveys and environmental impact monitoring before and after engineering works, for in-house and external projects.
Description of a typical contract:
Since 1987, Kingcombe Aquacare has been responsible for carrying out predator control by annual electric fishing on the river Frome for the client, Dorchester Fishing Club.
During this time, close records have been maintained of the pike caught and removed, and the numbers of brown trout in the river. The improvement to the fishery has been significant and sustained.
In 1987, over 80 pike were culled, up to 18lbs in weight. Less than 200 trout were recorded over the 5 mile stretch of river. In 1998, less than 20 pike were found, none in excess of 7lbs. However, over 600 trout 6"+ were now recorded, along with a great number of salmon parr.
As a result, the Club has been able to reduce its stocking costs and is now actively encouraging wild brown trout to thrive once again.