Walthamstow Reservoirs re-opens after hundreds of fish die

A popular day-ticket fishery has re-opened today (June 21) after hundreds of fish died.

Walthamstow Reservoirs was shut for five weeks after the discovery of the rare but deadly Carp Edema Virus.

It is believed more than 700 carp died, mainly in Reservoir One, in the outbreak at the East London fishery, but Thames Water has told Carpfeed it will be looking at a re-stocking programming to replace the lost fish.

All of the lakes, of which seven attract carp anglers, were closed for more than a month.

A popular swim on Walthamstow Two and Three

A popular swim on Walthamstow Two and Three

Today, however, Thames Water has re-opened the venue. Fisheries manager Will Barnard said: “We’re relieved to be opening again and will now concentrate our efforts to getting reservoir one back to its previously great standard.

“It’s important our users heed all the advice regarding bio security as we really don’t want to risk even the slightest chance of passing the virus to any other fisheries.

“The Environment Agency is happy about our current bio-security measures and the rangers will be even more vigilant when checking for dry nets.”

JUNE 22 UPDATE: Thames Water spokesman Lee Irving told Carpfeed: "We will be looking to undertake a restocking programme in the near future."

Carp Edema Virus is believed to come from Japan, but more research is being carried out on this outbreak by the Environment Agency and Fish Health Inspectorate.

All anglers should dry their nets, slings and mats completely before moving between venues.

The London skyline is visible from Walthamstow. Terry Dempsey cut his teeth at the venue.

The London skyline is visible from Walthamstow. Terry Dempsey cut his teeth at the venue.