No further fish kills at Lough since early summer

No further fish kills at Lough since early summer
Removal of dead Carp by Inland Fisheries Ireland personnel, at The Lough this summer. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

ENVIRONMENT officials at City Hall have confirmed that there have been no further fish kills at the Lough since the major incident early this summer.

Tests on the water showed the presence of Carp Edema Virus (CEV), with 855 carp removed from the water in early May.

City officials have since taken a number of steps to ensure no further kills at the popular amenity, as well as undertaking a number of initiatives to ensure the future water quality at the Lough.

On the recommendation of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), no fishing has been permitted at the Lough. IFI has also recommended against short-term restocking 'due to risks to other local waters.'

Further tests on the remaining fish stock will be carried out by the Marine Institute, while contact has been made with UCC's Zoology Department regarding a complete ecological assessment of the lake.

Regular water quality testing has been carried out by the city's parks department, with new water jets and barley straw added this summer to ensure water quality and prevent algae bloom.

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