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Fish kill blamed on farm waste 25 July 2014

Bessbrook fish kill blamed on farm waste pollution

 

A major fish kill in a County Armagh river is being blamed on pollution from farm waste, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has said.

At least 60 fish were killed in the Bessbrook River, in an incident described as being of “high severity”.

The NIEA said it expected the number of fatalities to rise. When the alarm was raised the source of the farm effluent was immediately stopped.

The pollution was first reported on Wednesday.

Norman Henderson from the NIEA said a stretch of the river about several miles had been affected although the agency had received reports of dead fish as far down as the Newry Canal.

“The Bessbrook River flows into the Newry Canal and then makes its way down through Newry into Carlingford,” he said.

The NIEA has collected samples with a view to pursuing appropriate enforcement action, once the investigation is complete.

“We put together the evidence and we take it to court and its then up to the courts to impose the penalties that they see fit,” said Mr Henderson.

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