Tipp a nglers call for fish kill answers

No official cause seven weeks after 1,500 fish die

Tipp a nglers call for fish kill answers

Tipperary anglers have expressed their anger at the delay in releasing an official cause behind one of the largest fish kills in the county some seven weeks after an estimated 1,500 salmon and trout were discovered dead along a tributary to the River Suir.

A spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland told the Tipperary Star that the “the most probable cause” for the extensive fish mortality was due to a combination of “elevated water temperatures, low water levels” and “eutrophication” or excessive nutrients in the water.

However local anglers have expressed their anger over the delay in releasing an official report into the fish kill which occurred at the end of July along the nine kilometre stretch of the Ballyley tributary and Drish river, both of which feed into the River Suir.

Thurles Suir Drish Anglers Association chairman Ronnie Cagney says that local anglers are “not satisfied with the excuses that have been given” to date by the authorities.

“Some of our members were the ones who alerted the officials. We are not satisfied with the excuses that have been given so far. We want a definite cause for the fish kill identified. It's nearly seven weeks after the incident and there is still no answers,” he told the Tipperary Star.

Inland Fisheries Ireland say they are continuing to monitor the affected area which is known to be among one of the main spawning salmon and trout spots in Tipperary.