Inland Fisheries Ireland investigating fish kill in Cork City

Anglers are requested to suspend all fishing activity at the lake until further notice


Friday 4th May 2018: Inland Fisheries Ireland has responded to reports of a fish kill in The Lough, Cork City. The reports were received from Cork Carp Anglers Club who recorded a number of dead fish at this iconic city centre carp fishery.

Initial investigations by Inland Fisheries Ireland indicate the cause of death to be a fish health issue with a bacterial or fungal infection suspected of causing the mortalities.

An infected carp from the Lough
An infected carp from The Lough


Inland Fisheries Ireland has estimated that in the region of 200 carp have been infected in this outbreak. A small number of live fish have been securely transported to a specialist fish health unit to identify the infectious agent. All dead fish that have been collected are being held in cold storage at an Inland Fisheries Ireland facility pending the outcome of the tests to determine the exact cause of death.

Anglers are requested to suspend all fishing activity at the lake until further notice.

Any anglers who have been fishing the venue in the last month are advised to carry out appropriate disinfection of their landing nets, fish mats, footwear and other gear that may have become contaminated to prevent the spread of the disease to other fisheries.

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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.