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Over 2,000 Fish Dead in ‘Major Fish Kill’ in Co Derry River

29th November 2023
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Sea trout are understood to be among the more than 2,000 fish killed in the Muff River last week Credit: Loughs Agency

A “major fish kill” in a Co Derry river has tallied than 2,000 fish across a range of species, as BBC News reports.

The incident was discovered last Friday morning (24 November) on the Muff River in Eglinton, near the City of Derry Airport.

A report on Belfast Live suggests that sea trout returning to the river to lay eggs are among those killed by a pollutant in the watercourse.

An investigation is now under way by the Loughs Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), who say the have establised a “specific line of enquiry”.

MacDara Conroy

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