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Tyrone Fish Farm Escapees Number In Hundreds Of Thousands

11th April 2018
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Fishcounter in the River Strule at Omagh, south of Newtownstewart Fishcounter in the River Strule at Omagh, south of Newtownstewart Photo: Kenneth Allen/Wikimedia

#Angling - Hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout escaped from a commercial fish farm in Co Tyrone last year, according to the Loughs Agency.

BBC News has details on the cross-border body’s report into the incident on the River Strule at Newtownstewart in August 2017, which estimates some 387,000 female rainbow trout entered the river system.

Despite concerns over potential widespread impact on the wild salmon and trout fishery in the area, it’s believed the majority are still concentrated in the lower Strule, lower Derg and upper Mourne.

Local anglers are asked to continue taking the farmed fish from these rivers and reporting their catches, particularly from important spawning grounds, as mass removal is not an option.

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MacDara Conroy

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