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Pollution incident kills hundreds of fish on the afon Llynfi

Pollution incident kills hundreds of fish on the afon Llynfi

Above: The River Llynfi (Image: Chris Shaw, geograph.org.uk)

Hundreds of fish have been killed by an incident of pollution on the afon Llynfi, occurring last Saturday, July 2, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has confirmed.

The afon Llynfi – at a stretch near Brecon – is a tributary of the river Wye. NRW officers investigation the incident attempted to discern the cause of the pollution.

Ongoing assessments have, thus far, found the number of dead fish to be in the hundreds – among the number are brown trout and bullheads.

Commenting on the incident, Steve Morgan, South East Operations Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible. Our investigations into how this incident happened are ongoing.”

“If you have any information about the incident please report it to our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”

UPDATE - Wednesday July 6, 2016

In an update to the initial story (posted on Tuedsay July 5, 2016), NRW have now confirmed that over 2000 fish have died as a result of the pollution incident.

NRW is widening its investigation and appealing for information or witnesses to help them trace the source of the pollution.

They have esitmated that the pollution "would have happened between Tuesday 28 June and Saturday 2 July."

They have also confirmed that it has has now dispersed and "the water quality is back to normal and the ecology of the river will begin its natural process of recovery."

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