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Mystery surrounds scale of fish death

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:28pm

Hundreds of dead fish have been removed from lakes around Cork with the cause not yet confirmed.

The story came to light on Friday when Island Fisheries Ireland confirmed that in the region of 200 carp in The Lough have been infected by an outbreak.

However by Tuesday, this had increased to 360 and a lake in Belvelly was also effected.

A spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) told the Cork Independent: “Unfortunately we are investigating the cause of multiple carp mortalities at The Lough in Cork city and at Belvelly Lake in Cobh.

“As of Tuesday some 360 carp have been removed from The Lough and over 20 from Belvelly, with live samples brought to the Irish Marine Institute for analysis,” they said.

The spokesperson also said, that while the samples from The Lough showed a heavy presence of trichodiniasis, the primary cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Angling has been suspended at both locations until further notice and IFI said that here are no reports of fish health issues at any other carp fisheries.

However, as a precautionary measure it has temporarily suspended angling at the nearby Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid coarse fisheries in order to reduce the risk of cross contamination. This will be reviewed once the cause of the mortalities is known.

“We would remind all anglers, and in particular those who may have fished the affected waters in the last number of weeks, to follow appropriate disinfection procedures for all gear and to comply with local notices and bio-security measures,” added the IFI spokesperson.

Updates on this and the status of the angling suspension are available at fisheriesireland.ie.

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