The Natural England-led project aims to restore Hoveton Great Broad and Hudson’s Bay to a clear water, wildlife-rich state by using natural restoration techniques.
The Environment Agency has launched a public consultation today (10 March) on a flood risk activity permit application from Natural England. This is required to allow the installation of the permeable fish barriers.
The project proposes to remove the majority of fish from the broad (a technique known as biomanipulation), which will allow water fleas to thrive. These water fleas would then feed on the algae, thereby cleaning the water.
The barriers would be in place for up to 10 years, preventing fish from entering the Broad while the ecology recovers. Once the barriers are removed, the fish will be able to access the restored broad once again.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who wants to have their say on this proposal before we make our decision.”
The application along with guidance and relevant documents can be viewed via the Environment Agency online consultation portal. To view and make your response please visit: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/east-anglia-c-e/hoveton-great-broad-fra-permit
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