A major fish kill has been discovered on the Three Mile Water this evening (Tuesday September 29), on a stretch of water from Mossley Mill to the Three Mile Conservation Park.
Around 600 dead fish have been recovered from the river since 6pm. The majority of dead fish are fry trout and salmon, although a number of adult fish have also been recovered.
Members of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are currently at the scene conducting tests.
At this stage it is unclear what caused the kill.
Members of the Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association are also helping with the clean-up.
“It is very disappointing to see this amount of dead fish in the river,” said vice chairman Andrew Moore of the Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association. “As yet we have no idea what has caused the fish kill.
“It is unfortunate that all of these fish are wild fish, so there won’t be any natural recruitment in this area this year,” he concluded.