Water pollution has killed over 1,200 fish in four incidents throughout June, say NIEA

Water pollution has caused four fish kills in June throughout NI
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Pollution incidents across Northern Ireland have killed over 1,200 fish in four separate incidents throughout the month of June, say the Environment Agency. While incidents in the Glenavy River within the Lough Neagh basin, River Roe and Ballymoney River have already been reported, another incident in Glenmornan Burn is also being investigated.

NIEA is leading the probe on pollution related fish kills Glenavy and Ballymoney while the Lough Agency has jurisdiction over Glenmornan Burn and the River Roe catchment.

A spokesperson told us: “There have been four fish kills linked to water pollution in Northern Ireland in the last four weeks. Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are leading on the investigations into the fish kills that occurred in the Glenavy River which was confirmed on June 12th 2024 and in the Ballymoney River on 18 June.

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“The number of fish mortalities in each of these events were 523 and 50 respectively. As these are live investigations, it is not possible to provide further detail at present.

“The Loughs Agency have jurisdiction in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments under the Foyle Fisheries Act (NI) 1952 and Foyle Fisheries Act.

“Loughs Agency are leading on the investigations into the fish kills that occurred on the Glenmornan Burn, which runs through Artigarvan on June 3rd which resulted in 10 fish mortalities and the River Roe catchment on June 15th 2024 which resulted in 684 fish mortalities.

“The investigations into these incidents are continuing, led by the Loughs Agency. NIEA will provide assistance as required to support Loughs Agency in their investigations.”

DAERA says it takes all incidents of pollution extremely seriously and NIEA will continue to respond to reports of water pollution and take enforcement action where the polluter is identified.

Anyone who identifies water pollution should report it immediately to the pollution hotline 0800 807060.

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