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Every Foyle fish kill culprit has been prosecuted

Every pollution-related fish kill in Lough Foyle has resulted in a successful prosecution by the Lough’s Agency, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Minister Michelle O’Neill also revealed as “positive” that there have been no instances of ‘fish kills’ by pollution this year when she praised the work of the Lough’s Agency, condemning attacks on its workers and volunteers.

In her statement on the work of the North/South Ministerial Council, she commented on the success of the Lough’s Agency: “Regarding environmental protection, the agency successfully convicted every individual or company that had caused a fish kill by pollution in the Foyle area in 2011,” the Londonderry Sentinel reported.

She did, however, lament the “disappointing drop in sea survival of Atlantic salmon since the 1990s” and welcomed the Agency’s action in suspending commercial fishing in Lough Foyle and the tidal Foyle plus the restriction on angling carcass tags to help to improve its survival.

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