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Inland Fisheries unable to 'confirm' cause of fish kill in Lough Sheelin

Aug 16, 2022 17:00 By News Northern Sound
Inland Fisheries unable to 'confirm' cause of fish kill in Lough Sheelin
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'Aquatic species including ray fish, lamprey, stone loach and invertebrates also died'

Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed to Northern Sound this evening that it is continuing investigations into a fish kill on Lough Sheelin at the weekend.

The State agency is describing the incident - which resulted in the death of over 1,000 fish on the Crover River - as "significant".

It indicated how it learned of the matter after officers from the Shannon River Basin District were alerted on Friday last.

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Inland Fisheries Ireland estimates in excess of 1,000 juvenile trout were killed in the incident which covers a 1.5km stretch of water.

Aquatic species including ray fish, lamprey, stone loach and invertebrates also died.

Inland Fisheries Ireland also pointed out that it is not yet in a position to confirm the cause of the fish kill.

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"While investigations into this fish kill incident are ongoing, Inland Fisheries Ireland is not in a position to confirm the cause of the fish kill," a spokesperson added.

"To report fish kills or water pollution, members of the public are encouraged to call the confidential 24-hour hotline number on 0818 34 74 24, which is open seven days a week."

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