Belfast Telegraph

Mourne river fish kill

Over 200 fish have died after a suspected river pollution in Co Down.

Salmon and trout were killed on the Shimna River below Fofanny Dam in the Mourne Mountains, a DoE spokesman said.

It was reported yesterday by a member of the public.

The DoE said: “Water quality inspectors from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) visited the site and confirmed that there had been a fish kill and carried out an investigation in order to identify the source. However, there was no discharge at the time the inspectors were on site and the investigation continues.

“NIEA informed officers of the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) Inland Fisheries who also travelled to the area to assess the impact on the fish in the river.

“It is confirmed that a major fish kill has occurred with approximately 150 trout and 55 salmon mortalities.”

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