Probe into huge fish kill on Tipp river

About 5,000 fish were wiped out in a huge fish kill on a west Tipperary river last week.

About 5,000 fish were wiped out in a huge fish kill on a west Tipperary river last week.

Tipperary County Council, along with Limerick County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland, are investigating the cause of the kill in the Drumcomogue River near Emly and Knocklong.

Inland Fisheries Ireland have confirmed that it was a serious incident with approximately 5,000 fish (mainly juvenile brown trout and salmon) killed in the Drumcomogue.

It is believed that the pollution source originated in County Tipperary in the area between Knocklong, Emly and Ballywire.

All activities in the area are being investigated by Environment Section staff.

As there is a significant amount of silage being harvested at the moment, an agricultural source such as silage effluent or slurry may have caused the incident.

Farmers are urged to ensure that all silage effluent is contained in watertight tanks and to ensure that buffer distances to water courses are maintained when spreading slurry.

In addition, all householders are reminded to check their septic tanks and ensure they are not leaking, are being emptied every 2-3 years.

Household chemicals (such as paints, weedkiller, pesticides etc) are toxic to fish and particular care should be taken when storing and using these products to ensure they do not get to a ditch or a stream.

Tipperary County Council are not ruling out the possibility of an accidental or deliberate discharge to the river and urge anyone who notices any suspicious activity to report it to the County Council or to Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The Contact details are -

Tipperary County Council: Email: customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie; Tel: 0761 065000

Limerick County Council: Email: customerservices@limerickcoco.ie; Tel: 061 496200

Inland Fisheries Ireland: Tel: 1890 34 74 24