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Avoiding pollution: 'yellow fish' scheme

A scheme to raise awareness about sources of water pollution and the quality of water in streams, rivers, lakes or ponds.



‘Yellow fish’ is an Environment Agency project (in England) that builds on an international approach to protecting the environment. It involves stencilling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.

Complete and return the feedback form with your project details and the Environment Agency will add your project to our yellow fish map.

For Scotland, refer to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website.

For Wales, refer to Keep Wales Tidy website.

Published 5 November 2012
Last updated 31 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. The latest Yellow Fish Guidance Manuals are now available
  2. First published.