Press release, 08 May 2018

Inland Fisheries Ireland investigates fish kill at Ballina, Co. Tipperary

On Thursday 17 May, 2018 Inland Fisheries Ireland received a report of a fish kill on Ballycorrigan stream and near the confluence with the River Shannon in Ballina, Co. Tipperary. Staff observed approximately 100 brown trout of various age groups, three juvenile salmon and a stone loach dead in an approximately 100 m stretch from the Ballina Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge pipe to the confluence with the River Shannon. There are live fish upstream of the WWTP.

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A sample of the dead fish found downstream of Ballina Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge pipe 

Preliminary investigations have indicated that maintenance works carried out during the day in the Ballina WWTP may have caused a deleterious or polluting effluent to discharge to this stretch of river causing the observed fish mortality.

IFI are continuing to investigate the cause of the fish mortality and are working with Irish Water and the EPA in this regard.

ENDS

Contact:

Michael Fitzsimons

Senior Fisheries Environment Officer
Inland Fisheries Ireland - Limerick
Tel+353 (0)61 300238
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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.