Environment

1,000 fish found dead in County Tyrone pollution incident

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have confirmed that about 1,000 fish, mostly trout, have been found dead in the Oona River near Dungannon, County Tyrone, UK.

The fish kill happened at the Oona river near Dungannon.


About 1,000 fish, mostly trout, have been found dead in the Oona River this morning (April 22, 2014).

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers have identified a potential source of the discharge and samples have been taken.

In a statement, a NIEA spokesperson said: “The water quality impact of this water pollution incident is being classified as high severity.”

Brian Luke from the NIEA told BBC: "We got a call on Easter Sunday at around 4 o’clock from a member of public to say they saw dead fish.

"We sent our officers to investigate and trout of all ages and sizes were found.

"So far, we see the pollution coming from an agriculture source in the area.

"This is an important fishing area. It's a devastating blow for the area.

"Investigations with scientists will be carried out. Biologists will be on site this Wednesday or Thursday.

"The pollution will eventually be washed away naturally. Normally that happens better in wetter conditions."
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