Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Anger after latest pollution incident on popular river

Villagers and fishing enthusiasts say they are disgusted after fish were killed in the latest of a long line of pollution incidents in a Co Antrim river.

A number of trout and eels were found dead in a tributary of the Ballymartin River near Templepatrick yesterday.

The river runs into the Sixmilewater which has been polluted 300 times over the past six years.

"This has been going for some time; two or three months ago this happened and it's happened again," said Bill McAvoy of the Templepatrick Action Committee.

"We found a pool at the top of the river with dead eels in it. These come from the Atlantic to spawn here. When I got up in the morning the river just smelt foul, somebody had obviously dumped something in it earlier."

John Mitchell of the Antrim and District Angling Association said: "All the young trout are lying belly-up in the river. The fry are lying belly-up.

"Everything I can see is dead. It's really devastating to see, we now have a river that is dead.

"We have put new stocks of fish in, but we are wasting our time."

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