Concern after major Dungannon fish kill

Published Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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The Environment Minister has expressed concern after around 1,000 fish were killed in a pollution incident in Co Tyrone.

Concern after major Dungannon fish kill
The Oona River was the scene of the fish kill. (© UTV)

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has classified the water quality in the Oona River, which is west of Dungannon, as "high severity" following the incident.

It is thought the majority of fish killed in the incident were brown trout and investigators have identified a potential source of the pollution.

The Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, said: "I am concerned about this and I am keeping a close eye on the situation along with NIEA officials."

An NIEA spokesman added: "The water quality impact of this pollution incident is being classified as high severity.

"Investigating officers have identified a potential source of the discharge and statutory samples have been taken by NIEA.

"Investigations are ongoing in conjunction with the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure's Inland Fisheries."

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cathal doyle in Armagh wrote (192 days ago):
As a member of Armagh Angling Club I have been stocking this part of the Oona for many years as it runs past my sister in laws house and her husband always kept an eye .It is so sad that beautiful young brown trout have been killed in this manner. I hope the minister is true to his word about protecting our rivers and environment as all our hard work and effort over the last 5-6 years has been wiped out. However we will continue our efforts for the future.
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