Heat, not pollution, likely cause of fish deaths

Thursday, 12 July 2018

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THE Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs believes that the recent sustained spell of hot weather - rather than pollution - has led to the deaths of a number of fish in a section of the Dunore River near Antrim.
Local man, James Cousley - who has lived on the Drennans Road  for more than 70 years - was distressed when he discovered the fish in the river, which runs alongside his property.
“That river has been polluted before, less than two years ago," he said.
But after two visits by officials, DAERA was able to confirm that pollution had not caused the fish to die on this occasion.
A  spokesperson said: "The recent warm weather has led to high water temperatures in conjunction with lower base river flows in many waterways and this can have an adverse impact on the fishery and river ecology.
“It is not unusual for dissolved oxygen levels to drop to critically low levels, particularly at night, which can result in fish mortalities."
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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