Action needed on fish kills - Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson and candidate in the forthcoming elections for South Antrim, Declan Kearney has raised serious concerns about yet another fish kill in the South Antrim area.
This follows reports of fish kill on the Three Mile Water in the Newtonabbey area where trout and salmon have been found dead.
Speaking today Mr Kearney said:
“This is the second major fish kill in the South Antrim area in the space of four weeks. At the end of August we saw the Six Mile Water being severely affected. Now we have this incident in the Three Mile Water.
“This is at a time when fish have entered the rivers to spawn. It also comes at a time when there is a full catch and release on salmon due to pressure on stocks.
“Such fish kills destroy the vital work being carried out to replenish these stocks by local angling associations and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
“Given that angling and angling associations do a huge amount of work both for our local environment and indeed the local economy setbacks such as these must be dealt with.
“It is becoming ever more apparent that current fines are not a sufficient deterrent for those who pollute a river, accidentally or otherwise, and therefore we have examine what are the penalties for pollution.
“I will be seeking a meeting with both the Environment Minister and the Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister to raise these issues.”