Fish death toll 4,400

The Environment Agency has been monitoring the water in the Moor Ditch

The Environment Agency has been monitoring the water in the Moor Ditch

First published in News

The number of dead fish in a stream has risen to 4,400.

The gudgeon, chub, dace, roach and other species have been found by the Environment Agency (EA) in Moor Ditch north of the Ladygrove estate since Saturday.

The EA said water samples indicate the presence of a detergent or cleaning product but it is still investigating the source.

A spokesman said there had been a “dramatic” improvement in the water quality since it was first called in.

He said: “Efforts continue to trace the source of the pollutant but we believe the discharge has stopped. Water quality is now returning to normal and live fish have been seen at various points in the Moor Ditch.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call the EA on 0800 807 060.

 

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8:04am Fri 1 Aug 14

carli says...

This is terrible. Will wildlife that eat the fish be harmed by the chemical? Will any wildlife living in that area be affected? What can be done to stop it getting any worse?
This is terrible. Will wildlife that eat the fish be harmed by the chemical? Will any wildlife living in that area be affected? What can be done to stop it getting any worse? carli
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11:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

BigAlBiker says...

I wonder who counted all those poor fish?
I wonder who counted all those poor fish? BigAlBiker
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