Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Burbot set to make a comeback

A fish christened angling’s answer to the dodo is to be reintroduced to Britain’s rivers decades after it died out, scientists revealed today.

The last burbot was caught in the Fens in 1969 and the fish is widely believed to have become extinct since then.

Now fisheries scientists have successfully bred fry in a laboratory and the fish are set to be reintroduced to the Fenland rivers where they once thrived.

The species - likened to a freshwater cod - can reach weights in excess of 30lbs. Click here for more.