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A slurry spill in a Co Tyrone river has “wiped out” thousands of salmonids in a major fish kill, as BelfastLive reports.

The incident was discovered at the weekend on the River Torrent, which leads to the Coalisland Canal, with a local councillor describing a “dead zone” between the villages of Newmills and Clonoe.

“I am very angry and depressed to be honest,” Mid Ulster SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn said. “The amount of work that people have put into the Torrent and the canal, building up the wildlife... and all of a sudden it’s just literally wiped out in a matter of hours.”

A spokesperson for Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) confirmed that it has begun a joint investigation with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

“The source has been identified and NIEA are currently working with the premises involved to identify what further measures can be employed to mitigate the impact of the spillage on the Torrent River,” the spokesperson added.

BelfastLive has more on the story HERE.

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Anglers in Northern Ireland have described a “massacre” on a Co Tyrone river after a slurry spill resulted in a major fish kill incident, prompting an official investigation into the source.

The spill on the Claggan River was discovered last weekend with Ballinderry Rivers Trust reporting that “thousands of litres of slurry” were moving downstream to the Killymoon River near Cookstown.

According to Coagh Angling Club, a “massacre” of fish — including young salmon and native dollaghan, as well as breeding and baby trout and eggs — was witnessed several miles upstream of its waters.

On Tuesday (29 March) another incident was reported on a tributary above Coagh weir, where the waters appeared “green with slurry”.

The club’s John Hagan told the Belfast Telegraph that it will take years to recover from the environmental damage.

“We don’t know the full environmental impact of it just yet, but we do know that there's probably about 12-15 miles of river near the source of the Ballinderry which is just dead,” he said.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

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