Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that a large fish kill occurred on the River Owenass and a minor tributary of the Owenass, near Mountmellick, County Laois.
In a statement released to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “While the investigation continues, it would appear at this early stage that silage effluent was the potential cause of the mortality.”
“The species affected include primarily brown trout and it is estimated that thousands of fish have been affected over a 6.5 kilometre stretch of the river.”
Fisheries Officers attended the site after receiving a report from a member of the public on Saturday (June 22nd) and immediately commenced an investigation to identify the source of the fish kill.
Confidential hotline number
Inland Fisheries Ireland has a confidential hotline number to enable members of the general public to report incidents of water pollution, fish kills and illegal fishing – 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24. For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland, see here.