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Probe Into Major Fish Kill on River Near Lough Neagh

14th February 2023
One of potentially hundreds of dead fish in the Crumlin River following the confirmed incident
One of potentially hundreds of dead fish in the Crumlin River following the confirmed incident at the weekend Credit: David Kennedy/Crumlin and District Angling Association

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is investigating a confirmed fish kill near Crumlin in Co Antrim, as BBC News reports.

It follows reports of an alleged slurry spill in the Crumlin River upstream of the town close to Lough Neagh on Sunday morning (12 February).

Local angling representatives attended the scene and say they counted 25 dead fish in a 50-metre stretch of the river, which is best known for wild brown trout but also has salmon fry.

“So potentially there could be hundreds killed,” said David Kennedy of the Crumlin and District Angling Association, who added that a year of spawning may have been lost in the incident.

BBC News has more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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