01/04/2009

Further Fish Kill Probed

Water quality inspectors were in Co Armagh yesterday after a report through the Water Pollution Hotline that dead fish had been spotted in the Corcrain River in Portadown.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has confirmed that it is probing a possible fish kill incident in the waterway, which is also known as the Ballybay River.

At this stage, Agency investigators and Fisheries Conservancy Board staff estimate approximately 150 trout of various ages and 200 small perch have been killed.

An NIEA spokesperson said: "The pollution incident has affected a stretch of water between the Corcrain River and the confluence with the River Bann.
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"The investigating officers have recorded low levels of dissolved oxygen along the watercourse, and an aerator has been deployed to the area.

"This suggests that a polluting discharge has progressed along the river causing a significant drop in the oxygen levels," he said.

"Investigative samples have been taken and investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the pollution.

"This incident serves as a reminder of why anyone who spots a pollution incident should use the Water Pollution Hotline straight away.

"The earlier the phone call, the more we can do to tackle the pollution and identify the culprit."

The number is Freephone 0800 807060. Caller's details will remain in confidence.

See: Fish Kills Targeted

(BMcC/JM)

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