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Pollution Causes Serious Fish Kill In Surrey

by the Fish Site Editor
27 July 2010, at 1:00am

UK - Officers from the Environment Agency are currently investigating after at least 700 trout were killed at a Surrey fish farm.

Officers from the Environment Agency are currently investigating after at least 700 trout were killed at a Surrey fish farm.

The Environment Agency received a call from a member of the public earlier this week with a report that a substance believed to be sewage was entering the River Tillingbourne. An environment officer arrived at the Tillingbourne Trout Farm in Abinger Hammer to find hundreds of fish dead or dying.

James Liney, an Environment management team leader, said: “This is a serious incident which is obviously devastating for the owner of the Tillingbourne Trout Farm where we estimate 700-800 trout have been killed.

“Environment officers were on site on Tuesday collecting evidence and sampling, and we have staff taking further samples from the river and doing some ecological monitoring.

“We don’t believe that the pollution incident has had any serious effect on the River Tillingbourne but has sadly had a major impact on the trout farm.”

The Environment Agency believes it has traced the source of the pollution and will oversee the remediation. The investigation is ongoing and no further details can be released at this stage.

Members of the public can report pollution incidents by calling the Environment Agency’s emergency hotline on 0800 807060.

the Fish Site Editor