As you may be aware, Shoreham Port has recently closed the Prince George Lock for its annual service. This means that all vessels using the Port must pass through the Prince Phillip lock. The process of servicing the Prince George Lock involves blocking off either end and draining the water out to enable Shoreham Port’s team of expert engineers to work within the lock to carry out the maintenance.
During the process of emptying the lock of water, many fish can become stranded within the undrained centre channel of the lock, which is what occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Members of Shoreham Port’s engineering team Richard Smith and Owen Fieldus were faced with the tricky task of catching a number of sea creatures and returning them to the safety of the water. By the end of the rescue process, Richard and Owen had rescued and released more than 60 schooling bass as well as numerous other species including eels and wrasse.
Rhys Hutchings, Senior Port Engineer at Shoreham Port commented “The number of fish that we managed to rescue was astounding. We were just happy we were able to ensure the safe transition of the fish and other species back into the safety of the harbour, without too much disruption. The work taking place on the Prince George lock has started well and we are confident its completion will be within the time scale stated.”
Source: Port of Shoreham, 22 September 2017