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Major Fish Kill On Co Down River After Chemical Spill

11th October 2016
A few of what anglers reported as hundreds of fish killed in the pollution incident on the Annsborough River at the weekend A few of what anglers reported as hundreds of fish killed in the pollution incident on the Annsborough River at the weekend Photo: Ulster Angling Federation/Facebook

#FishKill - Accidental discharge from a water treatment works is to blame for a major fish kill incident on a Co Down river at the weekend, as the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Angling enthusiasts have expressed dismay over the deaths of more than 1,600 fish on a tributary of the Annsborough River that flows into Dundrum Bay near Newcastle, after making the grim discovery on Saturday 8 October.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency is currently investigating the incident, which NI Water has admitted was caused by an accidental discharge of chemicals into a river known locally for salmon and sea trout.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

Earlier today Afloat.ie reported on concerns among Northern Irish anglers over spikes in pollution and poaching on the country’s waterways.

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