Viral video shows huge fish removed from Paisley Park pond
Huge fish have been discovered in the Barshaw Park pond as work to clean up the water continues.
A viral video has been uploaded by Buddie TikTok creator Jamie Kinlochan showing a council worker decanting a large fish into a makeshift pond in the busy park while the main water body is evacuated.
Renfrewshire Council has been on site for several weeks as part of major water cleanup work.
A major operation to remove silt from the pond and eradicate invasive weed species is currently underway, with fencing blocking off the entire pond and security cameras installed around the perimeter.
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The council also brought in fishing specialists as workers removed carp, perch, pike and swan mussels from the water.
Paisley man Jamie Kinlochan followed the works, which he dubbed #PondTok on the social media app.
His comment sparked the interest of millions, with his quirky fish-in-the-pond conspiracy theory being at the center of a ‘black market’ carp fishing operation racking up 5.5 million views.
The 35-year-old said in his video that carp farmers may have thrown the fish into the pond so they could multiply and grow before catching them to sell for thousands of pounds.
Now, in one of his most recent videos on the social media site, which has already racked up more than half a million views, shows workers picking up fish from nearly drained water.
In the video he says: “I told you here at Barshaw Park in Paisley was about to be gutted and a black market of putting carp in local ponds to fatten them up and sell them for money was something going on.
“People disputed this and they called it a conspiracy theory and once the pond plug was removed and unblocked we first found out what could have happened under the watchful eye of the security droids.
“The pond was empty enough that fishing started to put to rest this theory that this pond was full of fish that people had put in it.
“A team was wading through the cold water from 6am, slowly bringing the nets to the fish, using the net technique of grabbing what was there and moving it to a waiting pond.
“We know that these species of fish are not put in place by the council.
“In total, there could have been between 25 and 40 fish in this park.
“What we don’t know is if it’s people outside the park waiting for these fish or if they were put there to be fattened up”
A spokesperson for Renfrewshire Council confirmed fish had been found in the pond and would be returned once work was completed.
The spokesperson added: ‘We are currently carrying out work to clean the Barshaw Park pond of silt that has built up over the years, as well as removing some invasive weed species to protect the health of the pond. pond.
“It is being drained and we have a fishing specialist on site to help keep fish safe in a dyke area during the works.
“The fence and security are in place for the duration of the work for safety while the pond remains a working environment.”
The council came under fire the last time the work was carried out in 2017, with concerned residents complaining to the SSPCA that fish were left to ‘wade’ in the water after it was partially drained.
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