John Aplin

Now having over twenty five years first hand experience within the fishery management world and being the managing director and owner of, Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd,a company, in which I have great pride in saying, has grown from strength to strength, even during difficult economic times.

With a dedicated team behind me, we aim to continue to offer the best services possible within the water, fishing and fishery management industry.

We provide a specialist service to riparian owners and angling associations and work closely with governing bodies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and conservation trusts.

We can help with most queries regarding fisheries and aquatic systems and can tailor our service to your specific requirement whether project managing a large scale enhancement scheme or carrying out small scale bank repairs.

Below is a list of the services we provide, if the service you require is not below please contact us and we will try to accommodate your request.

Advisory Visit

Environmental monitoring

  • Electric fishing-Fishery management/fish population surveys
  • Feasibility studies-pre consented works ie. in-stream/hydro-power schemes
  • Statutory consents-Byelaw & SFFA 1975 e.g. S30
  • Invasive plant surveys and removals
  • River habitat surveys (RHS)
  • Macrophyte surveys
  • Estuarine fish population surveys

Fish monitoring


  • Angling platforms, Bridges, sluices, gates and stiles.
  • Bank revetment
  • Live willow spilling
  • Islands
  • Fish refuges
  • Fishing shelters and huts

Willow reventment

Fishery management

  • Weed cutting, removal and control
  • Electric fishing and seine netting
  • Fish rescues
  • Fish population surveys
  • Section 30/Byelaw/flood defence consents
  • Habitat Surveys
  • Gravel cleaning/assessment
  • Tree works including pollarding, laying and replanting schemes

Instream work

Ornamental ponds and water features

  • Algae control
  • Filter maintenance
  • Fountain cleaning
  • Liner installation
  • Planting
  • Pond cleaning
  • Pond planning creation and construction
  • Pressure washing
  • Pump care
  • Water quality
  • Weed removal
  • Business park water features

Pond liner

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