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Over 1000 fish killed on River Faughan

More than 1000 fish, of varying species, have been killed in the latest environmental pollution incident on the Faughan, one of Ireland's most prolific sea trout rivers and a renowned salmon river, which eventually flows through Derry City before entering Lough Foyle.

The Department of Agriculture and the Environment has confirmed that the incident has affected fish over a stretch of 20 miles, from Claudy to the tidal reaches, with the initial report being made to the NI Environment Agency on Monday.
The origin of the pollution is unknown at this time, though reports suggest that it occurred on a tributary of the Faughan.

Jim Haughey, of the Ulster Angling Federation said today (Wednesday, August 3) that the incident was ongoing, stating, "[the] wipe out still happening at the tidal barrier. Major numbers of fish are in serious distress after NI Water lowered the water levels for some inexplicable reason after it was warned of the pollution incident".

Speaking to BBC NI, a Loughs Agency inspector, Wallace Kennedy, said that this was the largest fish kill “to this scale in a long number of years”.

He continued, confirming that “virtually everything that would live in the river” has been killed, saying “It's not a total kill in that there are still live fish in the area, but a large number have been killed.”

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