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Co Fermanagh farmer fined £2k for fish kill pollution

By Staff Reporter

A Co Fermanagh farmer has been fined £2,000 - plus £1,599 fish restocking costs - for polluting a waterway, killing hundreds of fish.

Dead trout and sticklebacks were found in a tributary of the Salry River at Currin, Co Fermanagh, by a water inspector on June 15, 2014.

The inspector noted that the water was very dark in colour and smelled strongly of agricultural effluent.

Downstream, the waterway was contaminated and smelled strongly of silage effluent. The polluting discharge was traced to farm premises owned by Mark Elliott, of Currin, Ballinamallard.

The length of waterway affected was around 2km, with 41 trout, 125 sticklebacks, 64 crayfish and five eels killed.

Elliott pleaded guilty and also had to pay an offender's levy of £15 at Enniskillen Magistrates Court.

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