Investigation after ‘significant’ fish kill in tributary of Skeoge River

A serious and significant’ fish kill in a tributary of the Skeoge River, which runs across the border from Derry, into Bridgend and on to Inch Lake, is being investigated.

By Laura Glenn
Tuesday, 17th May 2022, 5:00 pm

The matter was raised by Donegal County Councillor Terry Crossan at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of Inishowen Municipal District Councillors.

The Sinn Fein Councillor said he had been contacted by a concerned member of the public, who provided him with photographs and video ‘and you could clearly pick out the dead fish, lying there and floating down.’

Colr Crossan highlighted how the kill was on a ‘small tributary’ at the Skeoge River, which runs into Inch Lake - ‘an area of high importance to wildlife, fish, ecology and the environment.’

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Some of the fish found dead by a member of the public. Picture courtesy of Councillor Terry Crossan.

He added that he has contacted the relevant personnel in Donegal County Council and the matter is being investigated. Mr Matthew Byrne, Waste Regulation Officer, said Inland Fisheries Ireland were also contacted and are currently investigating.

Colr Crossan said a ‘significant number of brown trout and salmon parr’ perished. He added that the member of the public has ‘gathered’ samples of the trout and salmon parr to assist in the investigation, if needed.

It is understood the fish were found in the Bridgend area.

Mr Byrne thanked Colr Crossan for reporting the fish kill and said ‘swift action’ was taken with Inland Fisheries Ireland on site shortly after the call was made. He said Donegal County Council will liaise with them and provide assistance.