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Concerns grow following another fish kill in South Antrim - Kearney

10 October, 2015


Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has spoken of his concerns at the third major fish kill in South Antrim in two months, this time at the Glenavy River.

Speaking today Mr Kearney said:

“The fish kill at the Glenavy River is the third major fish kill in the South Antrim area within two months following incidents at the Six Mile Water and the Three Mile Water.

“Sterling work has been done by the local angling association to make the river accessible. They have also made good efforts to involve the local community and improve the environment.

“This is a setback for that hard work.

“We need to get to grips with these environmental blows which are damaging healthy rivers with healthy ecosystems.

“These incidents are putting the long-term future of fish stocks at risk which are already under pressure.

“Sinn Féin has made contact with the club to make them aware we will be raising the issue of fish kills with the ministers for Environment and Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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“Once again this highlights that current fines are not a sufficient deterrent for those who pollute our rivers.”

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