Monday 22 May 2017

Large fish kill after river slurry spill

The damage was apparently caused by a spillage of slurry
The damage was apparently caused by a spillage of slurry

Kathryn Hayes

A farmer is facing prosecution after slurry caused a massive fish kill in Co Limerick.

In the region of 650 salmon and trout died in the River Loobagh near Kilmallock following the slurry spill. Environment officers from Limerick City and County Council inspected the pollution yesterday and have identified the source of the spillage.

“This farm has now been identified and Limerick City and County Council are following through with enforcement action,” said a spokesperson for the local authority.

Eamonn O’Riordan, chairman of Kilmallock and Kilfinane Anglers’ Association discovered the fish kill on Monday afternoon. Mr O’Riordan who has fished the river for the past 37 years described the scene as “devastating”.

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