150,000 fish killed in river pollution

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Inquiry after 150,000 fish killed in river pollution incident

"An investigation is under way after around 150,000 young salmon died after being contaminated by pollution.

The fish, most of which were only one inch long, were being kept in an Environment Agency hatchery at a site in Maerdy, Corwen, north Wales.

They were polluted by water from the Afon Ceirw - a tributary of the River Dee.

An Agency spokesman said the source of the pollution was not yet confirmed, but it was believed to have originated upstream.

He said: "The incident was reported by a member of the public last week. There was foaming on the surface of the water.

"Investigations have revealed that the pollution originated upstream of the hatchery and contaminated the hatchery's water supply.

"The incident will have a significant impact on stocks of juvenile fish, and it has also depleted the adult stock fish which provide the future fish population for the rivers Dee, Alwen and Tryweryn."

He added: "Once we have considered the cause of the pollution we will consider pursuing formal enforcement action, including the recovery of costs, against those responsible."

Story filed: 18:53 Monday 29th April 2002



Apr 12, 2002
that's a big load of fish !,People should be more careful with where and what they are dumping (if this was the case).About a year ago a small lake quite near me was contaminated and seven skips full of dead fish were pulled out the lake. Also this was one of the very few places to fish in my area and the other local lake has just been drained and re-filled but not yet restocked which leaves the younger/beginner angler completely buggered for a decent stillwater

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